What a Tiny Triangle Above Your Plane Seat Means

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What a Tiny Triangle Above Your Plane Seat Means

Many of us think Flying is a great way to
travel, but things can get dull if you wind up stuck on the tarmac waiting for takeoff. While you’re sitting there wondering if it
would’ve taken any longer just to drive, you might notice a little triangular sticker
above your window. Now, if you’ve never noticed the stickers,
don’t think you’re just unobservant. Only four windows on each plane are marked
this way. Usually red or black, the decals are just
large enough to spot if you’re looking for them, but easy enough to miss if you aren’t. But why are they there? Is it part of a conspiracy? Are those the seats reserved for Illuminati
members? It turns out the answer isn’t quite so dramatic. If you look closely the next time you’re on
a plane, you’ll realize that the triangles line up with the front and back edges of the
aircraft’s wings. This comes in handy whenever the flight crew
needs to check the wings for ice or to make sure the flaps are functioning properly. The sticker is there so that the flight attendants
know at a glance which windows to look through. You wouldn’t want them having to climb over
a dozen passengers just to get a decent view, would you? Flight attendants have a stressful job that
means long hours far from home. Sure, free flights to exotic locations might
seem exciting, but one night in an airport hotel isn’t exactly a dream vacation. You know, planes are filled with all sorts
of little secrets and features you might not have noticed. They’re like a giant aluminum Where’s
Wally. Here’s five more aircraft features you might
not have detected. Number One: Hidden Sleeping Compartments
Flying is, by far, the fastest way to travel, but fastest can be a relative term. If you’ve ever sat through a fourteen-hour
flight to Australia, you know “long haul” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Even when your flight isn’t that insanely
long, it might be tempting to nod off if you’re in the air for more than a few hours. The same is true for the pilots and flight
attendants, and many airliners feature a hidden compartment where its exhausted crew can catch
up on some much-needed sleep. The exact placement of the room varies, but
the crew’s quarters are usually found in a small windowless compartment directly above
first class. The size and design can vary wildly from airline
to airline, ranging from a single room lined with bunks, to partitioned sleeping compartments. Most feature some degree of soundproofing,
and basic conveniences, such as mirrors and cabinets. A few higher-end aircraft even come complete
with music players and other entertainment systems. The bunk room is usually accessible from a
narrow stairway or ladder directly behind the aircraft’s cockpit. And when I call these rooms hidden, I mean
hidden. Typically, the entrance is concealed behind
a panel in the crew area of the plane, but some take camouflage a step further. The Boeing 773, for example, hides the hatch
by disguising it as an overhead luggage compartment. Talk about a commitment to secrecy. Forget what I said earlier, are we sure the
Illuminati had nothing to do with this? Larger planes can feature up to ten bunks,
as well as a separate pilot’s quarters directly above the cockpit. These cabins can be quite a bit roomier than
the flight attendant’s quarters. Some airlines even offer their pilots amenities,
such as business class seats and even a private bathroom. Talk about flying in style. Number two: Loops on the wings
By the way, when you were looking at those triangles earlier, did you happen to spare
a glance out the window itself? If you’re flying in a jet made by Airbus,
you might’ve noticed a pair of little yellow loops sticking up from the otherwise smooth,
white surface of the plane’s wing. Clearly it was put there for a reason, but
what could that reason be? Well, you’re probably aware of those inflatable
slides many airliners are equipped with. They’re used to evacuate quickly in the
event of an emergency or crash landing. They also add a bit of fun to air disasters,
although that’s more of a side benefit rather than an intended function. The thing is, some of the engineers at Airbus
noticed a flaw in this system. A plane’s wings need to be smooth so that
they remain aerodynamic, but that makes them pretty difficult to stand on. This is especially true if the wings are wet,
either due to rain or having been forced to make a water landing. Nobody wants to escape injury from a plane
crash only to slip on a wet floor, so something needed to be done. Their solution was a brilliant display of
technical ingenuity. A rope. An emergency escape rope is secured to the
plane on one end and the forward loop on the other. A second rope would then be attached to the
rear loop and lead back toward the slide. Thanks to this fabulous technological breakthrough,
evacuating passengers need not worry about an unfortunate tumble down the aircraft’s
wings. Number Three: Holes in the Windows
While you were examining the enigma on your plane’s wings, did you happen to pay much
attention to the window you were peering out from? Look closely at the bottom, and you’ll notice
a tiny, circular hole in the glass. It’s pretty small, so you might not have
seen it without the circle of frost that often forms around it. Airliners need to maintain internal pressure
for the passengers to be able to breathe comfortably at high altitudes. With that in mind, a hole in the windows might
seem to be a bit counterproductive. It turns out though, the opposite is actually
true. This tiny opening is known as a breather hole
and plays a vital role in keeping you flying. It might not appear so at first glance, but
each of the plane’s windows is made from three panes of glass, layered on top of each
other. The innermost pane is called the scratch pane
and exists mainly to keep passengers from damaging the other two. The outer layer bears the bulk of the pressure,
with the hole being in the middle pane. This creates a small pocket of air inside
the window, equalizing the pressure between the cabin and the space between the panes. This reduces the amount of force the glass
is under, drastically reducing the possibility of failure. If only holes made my shirt more stable, I’d
have an excuse not to buy new clothes. Yeah, I don’t know what that means either. Number four: the hidden handrail
While you were watching the flight attendants in hopes of spotting their covert naptimes,
you might’ve noticed they often walk with their hands running along the bottom of the
overhead bins, like they’re checking for somebody’s gum, or something. That might seem like an odd thing to do, but
it makes sense once you look closely at the spot they’re holding on to. Most airliners flying today feature a handrail
running the length of the overhead compartments. Their primary function is so that the crew
can safely move about the cabin during turbulence. And that’s a good thing, because if passengers
complain about the flight attendants not arriving quickly enough, imagine how they’d feel when
one collapses on top of them. These handrails also provide an alternative
to grabbing someone else’s seat when you have to get up to use the restroom. I mean, don’t you just hate when that happens? Coach is cramped enough without someone’s
fingers materializing behind my head! Ah hem, ‘scuse me. Speaking of limited room, our next entry might
just offer you a bit of help with that. Number five: a button to adjust your armrest
The most common complaint people have with air travel is the lack of space. Even if you aren’t particularly tall, you’ve
probably experienced this for yourself. If you are particularly tall, then get ready
to be constantly bumping your knees on the tray table and banging your shins on the chair
in front of you. So, what can you do about this shortage of
legroom? Well, that depends on where you’re sitting. If you’re in the window seat, you’ll just
have to accept the breathtaking view as a consolation prize. If you’re in the middle seat, well, you’re
just going to have to deal with getting the worst of both worlds. That’s right middle seat passengers, you’re
the lucky winners of no view, no room, and having people brush past you whenever they
need to get up. Look on the bright side, as we try to do here,
you just need to lose your luggage and have your wallet stolen in the terminal to get
a full row of Bad Flight Bingo! Congratulations. However, if you’re in the aisle seat, I’ve
got some good news for you. You know that uncomfortable little armrest
of yours? That little bit of plastic that digs into
your side and keeps you from moving your legs freely? You probably assume that it was never intended
to be moved, and getting it out of your way would take some serious work with a wrench
and screwdriver. It turns out that’s not the case. Feel around on the bottom of the armrest,
and you’ll find a little button near the hinge. Press it, and you’re free to move that pesky
armrest out of your way. This gives you plenty of room to move around,
and is a big help when you’re trying to get your bag from the overhead compartment
at the end of your flight. So, are there any special features I missed
in our little rundown of airline secrets? Let me know in the comments! And hey, if you learned something new today,
then give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and remember:
stay on the Bright Side of life!


BRIGHT SIDE · October 2, 2019 at 5:45 am

Hey, plane lovers! How long was the longest flight you've ever been on?

Drifter86 · October 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

3:05 to clear this up this is the Boeing 777-300 or 777-300ER.

Kyounga McElroy-Kang · October 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

5 hours

mgm081293 · October 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Im scared of planes

Ba Gyi · October 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm


Flatheadfish123 · October 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

3:02: Boeing 773
Me: is it a 737?

boysrock3567 roblox · October 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm

i have seen holes in planes windows a billion times

JACOB LIN · October 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Useful man!

Harjit Kaur · October 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

it means illuminati ๐Ÿ‘น

Cรธokiee · October 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Rectangular?? 0:17


Just A MegalodoN with Internet Access · October 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm


Lov!ingL!fe · October 4, 2019 at 5:07 pm


Kevin Morreale · October 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

A Day

Puggy Lover team! · October 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm

To Florida

Rom Blackjackie · October 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

It means Illuminati is watching at you.

Hector Perez · October 4, 2019 at 11:25 pm


Night_Wolf 377 · October 5, 2019 at 12:37 am

I wonder how the poor staff members tell the time bc the plane is always moving across different countries/oceans

RomanGames · October 5, 2019 at 3:06 am

I sat on a seat with a triangle on it.

Willy Doeu · October 5, 2019 at 4:19 am

Sorry but youโ€™re going off topic

anjelo diono · October 5, 2019 at 5:19 am


Twilight Fox · October 5, 2019 at 5:33 am

My one was 14 Hours

Archie Stoic · October 5, 2019 at 6:13 am

i live in australia

FrostPhantomWolfz · October 5, 2019 at 7:39 am


ailyn mercado · October 5, 2019 at 8:33 am

I already know that

ailyn mercado · October 5, 2019 at 8:33 am

I already know that

ailyn mercado · October 5, 2019 at 8:35 am

If your seat has a triangle, it is either the safest seat or where the crew can have a decent sight

ailyn mercado · October 5, 2019 at 8:36 am

If your seat has a triangle, it is either the safest seat or where the crew can have a decent sight

ItzMeGab โ€‹ · October 5, 2019 at 8:58 am

0:25 there is a UFO

Alishba crazy fun · October 5, 2019 at 10:10 am

My longest flight is,austrillia

jack lonh · October 5, 2019 at 10:14 am

It means Doritos are allowed in this row

Markโ€™s landings And aviation vids · October 5, 2019 at 11:31 am

You missed that if you travel with a Boeing 737-800 your armrest has a button. Press it and your seat will move 3 degrees back!

Eden Trifoni · October 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm


CuteDogLOL 67 · October 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

does that mean doritos omg yesss


Lee Ham · October 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm

"rectangular sticker"

Walking Bee Hive · October 5, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Why are the engines burning that should be a sign of danger?

Susan Taggart · October 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm


Cookie Dough LPS · October 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm


MashedMushruums · October 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Illuminati confirmed.

Harvinder Basra · October 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

I dont like bright side effects on tablet

Santiago Delgado · October 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm

Its pronounced illumanti not illuman i tie

Kira Garcia · October 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm

You should add the reaso n why the spireles on a turbine

Hugo Rouse-Wyeth · October 5, 2019 at 10:57 pm

18 hours

Laxxelix 13 · October 5, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Its Only A Triangle

All That I Think Is Illuminati

SuperMarioGaming 345 · October 6, 2019 at 12:18 am


Snipergoat · October 6, 2019 at 12:27 am

You might spot the triangle if the aircraft is fairly new, but as planes age, the stickers or paint comes gradually comes off. Also there is a secret latch that opens any bathroom door.

Larry Watson · October 6, 2019 at 2:02 am

Hey baby Iโ€™m going to call the office now to see what you gotta get done

Kawaii Watermelone 133 · October 6, 2019 at 3:04 am

No,.. i have NEVER had a 14 hour flight to Australia,.. because I LIVE in Australia

mohamad zubir mohamad · October 6, 2019 at 4:59 am

I see a alien

JP V · October 6, 2019 at 5:45 am

Who else noticed that there was a UFO flying



Melinda G · October 6, 2019 at 10:53 am

Illiminat IIIiIiIiiIIiIi

Itz Mellowwello · October 6, 2019 at 10:56 am

I always sit in the middle

Eva divao1 · October 6, 2019 at 1:18 pm

U said a rectangular ๐Ÿ˜‘itโ€™s TRIangular ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘

Angry Spongebob cake pants · October 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

For all my minecraft friends
Tarmac no its called cobblestone

ImUgnius Plays Roblox · October 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm

that girl is so happy the plane crashed

Yeet Films · October 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Illuminati confirmed!

Yeet Films · October 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

0:26 who saw the UFO from Area 51?

Hardtime Cubers · October 6, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Itโ€™s a rectangular sticker?

adogeable · October 7, 2019 at 12:03 am

Wait i never realized that there where triangles above ur seat on airplanes

Ethan Da funny boi · October 7, 2019 at 12:06 am

The triangle means…
Play the Illuminati song

CCC 344 Jordan · October 7, 2019 at 4:21 am


Adnan Benic · October 7, 2019 at 6:14 am

When i was in the plane my ears Hurt so much!

Arlo Roberts · October 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

18 hours (Aussie to England)

Gretchen Wilson · October 7, 2019 at 9:48 am

I h

Saar Keren · October 7, 2019 at 11:19 am

My longest flight is 3 days I know very long

EdvardKvick · October 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm

am i the only one that doesnt know why there watching this

EdvardKvick · October 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

58 seconds in explaining why there are there.


Kids And Adult Friendly Songs · October 7, 2019 at 4:53 pm

.. 1st up this guy Is not plane crew or a pilot. So how would he know all of these huh? FAKE

Upside down clan owner- Esa · October 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

tooth brush cuz its nastyyyyy AF

Hover Master51 · October 7, 2019 at 9:50 pm


Amy Pangayan · October 8, 2019 at 2:00 am

Itโ€™s not illuminotI itโ€™s Illuminati

Amanda Zlab · October 8, 2019 at 2:54 am


Jeremy Kirkpatrick · October 8, 2019 at 4:25 am


Gin Blanco · October 8, 2019 at 5:12 am


Nic Mackowey · October 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Never seen any of these cause I've never flown and doubt I ever will

Dave Blane · October 9, 2019 at 1:56 am

God awful, amateurish graphics

EpicGaming11195 · October 9, 2019 at 7:37 pm

what's the illumin-not-eye?

danny stubbe · October 9, 2019 at 9:49 pm

Why was there a ufo

Luke Rinne · October 10, 2019 at 2:46 am


Tuvabus · October 10, 2019 at 12:03 pm

4:07 What happend to the wing?

Adventure Rayan · October 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm


Hello Kitty Lover Man! · October 10, 2019 at 4:49 pm

What, "rectangular"?
– Points to a triangle!

Hello Kitty Lover Man! · October 10, 2019 at 4:55 pm

"Boeing 773"? This is the first time I've ever heard of them putting their 7s out of first-and-last order!

Hello Kitty Lover Man! · October 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

LOL, unicorn on the wing!

Hello Kitty Lover Man! · October 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

"For a reason"? But everything happens for a reason. Try "purpose" instead.

A_pach · October 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm

No one:
Bright side: The Tarmac

Jay Birdy · October 10, 2019 at 11:14 pm

He say rectangular what crotch wrangler…

Jay Birdy · October 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

Where airline nookie room?

ohPagus · October 11, 2019 at 12:24 am

He said tarmac…

Jboss Games · October 11, 2019 at 2:19 am


Fred Lama · October 11, 2019 at 2:40 am

Itโ€™s not 773 itโ€™s 737 aduhhh

Bacon Hair · October 11, 2019 at 3:01 am


Frzqxn · October 11, 2019 at 3:10 am

Is no one gonna talk about how he pronounced illuminati โ€œil-lu-mi-na-taiโ€?

teamJUAN · October 11, 2019 at 6:12 am


Lethal Magma · October 11, 2019 at 10:00 am


Thomas Stack · October 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Who didn't know that armrests move?

Itsfunnehfan303 · October 12, 2019 at 10:33 am

0:17 its NOT a RECTANGULAR sticker its TRIANGULAR!!

Luciuslikes Raรฑa · October 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Thank God for #5!

tokhlis miah · October 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Me:Oh no itโ€™s the illuminati
Illuminati:(makes everyone act like zombies)

Dang Anh Tuan · October 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm

So it wasn't the illuminati?

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