Small planes aren’t more dangerous
You’ve probably heard that small, private planes are more dangerous than large, commercial aircraft. In fact, it has much more to do with the pilot than the plane, according to William Herp, the CEO of Linear Air Taxi, which specializes in connecting travelers with commercial operators of three to eight passenger propeller planes. “Propeller planes flown in commercial operations have a safety record equal to four times better than the same airplanes flown by private pilots,” Herp tells Reader’s Digest, citing Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.
You don’t have to be rich to fly small
Think you can’t afford to fly via small plane? Think again, says Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of privatejetcardcomparisons.com, a buyer’s guide to prepaid private jet card programs. Using one of these programs (including JetSuiteX, Surf Air, and Tradewind Aviation), you can fly for about the same price as you’d pay to a mainstream commercial airline. “You get free Wi-Fi, drinks, and snacks, but you don’t have to show up an hour early.” It may not be easy to find one of these deals on your own, but they’re out there.
Your cabin crew isn’t going to clean up after you
Be honest now: Are you one of those people who stuffs your garbage into the seat pocket in front of you, based on the assumption that your cabin crew will clean the plane between flights? Well, we have news, thanks to former flight attendant-turned-travel-expert, Laurie. “Planes are not cleaned after every flight,” she assures Reader’s Digest. “They’re deep-cleaned once per day.” So, when your flight attendant comes around asking for your trash, do everyone on the next flight a favor, and toss that trash. Make sure you know these airplane etiquette rules that you should always follow.