Being a pilot is never easy work. Sometimes one is required to work long hours and experience sleepless nights. During long haul flights, pilots who would take over the plane from the initial pilots always travel alongside the passengers. They have to sleep and obtain maximum rest before their shift begins.
Bedroom seats that can be folded into a comfortable pilot’s bed
In nearly every commercial aircraft, there is a pilot sleeping compartment where the cockpit crew can lay their head. The compartments are referred to as “bedrooms” in the pilot language.
The circled area indicates the location of the pilot’s bedroom compartment
That is why in as much as pilots travel along passengers, you may never have a glimpse of them, let alone see them trying to doze off. They have their secret bedrooms that many people are totally unaware of. Their bedrooms are well equipped than the compartments where other cabin crew members always sleep.
Bathroom sink inside the pilots bedroom
For most Boeing aircrafts, the pilot’s bedrooms are located below the cockpit compartment but slightly above the first class section. This is a zone where there is much disturbance caused by the noise of the plane. How do they get rid of this noise? There are specially designed curtains that greatly minimises the noise of the plane!
Pilots bedroom located below the cockpit
Most on-board pilot bedrooms come with necessities that enable them to stay comfortable during long-haul flights. These include a comfortable bed that can be folded into a chair when necessary, a TV screen that is reportedly quite larger than the one found at the passengers compartment, and a telephone machine.
TV screen inside the pilots bedroom
Some airlines have equipped the pilot’s sleeping compartment with a special bathroom and a sink to help them groom before they ascend to the cockpit. There may also be other pilot bedroom equipment that may not be available for public viewing.
For those of you that wonder if pilots sleep, well, now you know! You won’t see them doing so, but they are also humans like you and I; even enjoying more privileges.
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