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10 Things Your Airline Doesn't Want You to Know


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Their Planes Are Old
Planes are expensive, and inspections take lots of time, so airlines might hold on to older planes for a while.
Planes are expensive, and inspections take lots of time, so airlines might hold on to older planes for a while.
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It's stretching the truth to say that some commercial airplanes are older than their pilots -- unless you look at age in miles and years. Just recently, a hole opened in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-300 during flight. The plane made a successful emergency landing, but subsequent FAA inspections revealed the plane had made over 40,000 flights -- more than seven flights per day during its 15 years in service.

Since a full inspection of an airplane's fuselage requires an electromagnetic device and takes a month to complete, inspections are usually limited to a few sections of the outer skin.


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