Pilot reveals secret hatch on A380 where flight attendants sleep under passengers on TikTok

The next time you’re on a plane and you notice a bump under your shoe, it might be a human.

A viral video on social media has revealed a secret compartment on planes where flight attendants sleep under passengers.

The video, which has been viewed more than 550,000 times, was posted by the pilot of an A380, the world’s largest passenger plane.

It starts by looking at a trapdoor in the floor, with a steep set of stairs leading into darkness.

After heading below, the video reveals a series of bunk beds in a large compartment that extends below the passengers.

The beds are stacked two high and this is where about half the crew rest for about three to four hours on longer flights, before interacting with the flight attendants on duty.

The pilot also reveals that the crew rest area has an emergency exit, so flight attendants can exit the plane directly from their sleeping quarters if needed.

A viewer asked if the crew wore pyjamas, to which the pilot replied, “We do! They have ‘CREW’ written on the back. It’s so that in an emergency it’s easy to say who is crew or not.”

Another viewer asked why the airline does not make crew rest available to passengers. The pilot replied, “First and Business Class have seats that fully recline into the beds. They are much more comfortable and much less claustrophobic than that.”

The pilot also explained that there are no toilets or showers below deck, which means the crew must climb back up and use the passenger toilets when they need to leave.

Another viewer comments, “mortuary,” to which the pilot replies, “Haha, I hope not. We do, however, have a body bag on board – in case someone dies during the flight.

While many found the video fascinating, one left the comment: “it looks awful”. The pilot replied, “Certainly a struggle for a tall and somewhat claustrophobic crew, but when you’re jet lagged and exhausted, a bed is a bed!”

Other types of aircraft have crew rest areas in the tail of the aircraft, or even above the passengers.

The pilot remains anonymous on his account and does not reveal which airline he flies for – as some crew members have gotten into trouble for posting on their accounts.

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