Unless you can afford to splash out and avoid sitting in economy, getting comfortable on a long-haul flight can be a nightmare.
It’s even tougher on the cabin crew who are on their feet for most of the journey, but a behind-the-scenes video has revealed a “secret compartment” for airline staff to use when they get the chance – and it’s enough to make any passenger jealous.
The clip, filmed on board a 787 Dreamliner, walks through the cabin towards the galley before opening a door that looks similar to the entrance to a toilet, revealing a small flight of stairs.
It was posted on Instagram by travel writer Zach Griff, who says: “We have a secret compartment here that’s typically off-limits to passengers. The staircase leads up here to the crew rest.”
At the top of the stairs is a level sitting above the main cabin, containing six beds with curtain dividers for the cabin crew and pilots to use on long international flights.
It was shared on Reddit where it racked up thousands of comments from viewers who never knew it existed, as one joked: “So that’s where they hide all the legroom.”
Another asked in what “atypical” circumstances the area would be opened for passengers and questioned if the space was “hired out for birthday parties”, but others replied to say they had seen the beds used in the case of a medical emergency.
Flight attendants also chipped in to provide some more detail, with one explaining: “Former flight attendant here. Used to work weekly trips on the 787 out of LAX and I loved sleeping in those crew bunks. Especially on those long haul 18 hour Singapore flights. Man those were exhausting.”
And another quickly shut down the endless comments asking if airline staff ever use the bunks for anything but sleeping, writing: “I have never seen the bunk cleaned before.
“We’re tired and we want to rest before the next meal service starts, hopefully squeeze in a nap. The space is small and confined, half the crew will be in the bunk because we rest in shifts.”