Did you know that many of today’s jet airliners have secret bedrooms where the pilots and flight attendants can sleep during long haul flights?
Most Boeing 777 and 787 airliners have a secret stairway that leads to a tiny set of windowless bedrooms for the cabin crew — and few people know they even exist.
Take a look below at what some of these secret cabins look like!
It depends on the jet, but usually crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on a Boeing 777.
Secret stairs lead up to the bedrooms where the cabin crew can sleep.
Steps are hidden behind an inconspicuous door. They can usually be found near the cockpit, and a code or key is needed to get to them.
Some cabins are accessed through a secret hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin. This is on American Airline’s Boeing 773.
A sign reveals what’s behind these doors, though most of us have probably never noticed.
Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with up to eight beds. This is the cabin’s rest area on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths, as well as two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or washroom, depending on the airline. Nice eh?
The beds are usually around six feet long and two and a half feet wide, are insulated by heavy curtains to muffle the jet engines.
Don’t get any ideas!
Bunks have reading lights, usb/ac power hookups, mirrors, and some personal storage space. They also come with blankets and pillows, and sometimes even pyjamas.
Some are a little more high end, and feature entertainment systems. Some airplanes, like Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, have flat, open sleeping areas.
Other planes, like the American Airlines Boeing 773, have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, similar to a cruise ship. The aisle is so low that you have to duck to walk through it.
Some have bunk beds like this Malaysian Air A380 jet.
While many rooms seem claustrophobic, this luxurious cabin on Singapore’s Airbus A380 looks pretty comfortable. No matter what, this is way more comfortable than any of the economy class seats I’ve ever sat in!