Where The Flight Crews Sleep On Long International Flights

Have you ever wondered, where do the flight crews sleep (if ever) during the long flights? According to the PopularMechanics.com, there are parts of the plane, that are hidden to the eyes of the passengers. These crew rest areas are vital for the productivity of the crews working on the long international flights – the secret places away from all the noise intended to catch up on the sleep.

On the wide-body aircraft, dedicated for the long international flights, the crew rest compartments (also known as CRCs) are usually for crew only and are locked for the passengers. Depending on the jet, these spaces for flight attendants and pilots are either above or below the main cabin.

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Usually there are stairs leading to the CRCs and once you get there, you might get a little claustrophobic because of the low ceilings. But apart from that, everything is made for the comfortable rest of the crew. There are even mirrors nearby, so that the flight attendants could ensure their looks are fresh in the eyes of the passengers.

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Each of the beds are separated by the noise and light cancelling curtains so that the crew can get qualitative rest. During break hours, the crew can pass the time reading or enjoying other activities as there is an entertanment system.

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On Delta, the cabin crew run in two shifts on the intercontinental flights that are usually 14-18 hours. After serving the main meal to the passengers, half of the flight attendants go get some sleep, after which the shifts change. Pilots have a very similar sleeping schedule to the cabin crew.

According to the representatives, Delta airline provides employees the same bedding amenities as it would the passengers in the business class, because the airline wants to take care of their crew.

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It is not exactly only because of that, as the rest areas are among the list of safety requirements of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

According to the FAA, the aircraft should have appropriate rest areas for the whole crew, especially pilots, to ensure the safety of both the passengers and the crew themselves.

On shorter flights, the crew have separate seats in the main cabin reserved just for them, so they can rest and prepare for landing.