Flight attendant reveals what really happens on planes: 'Disgusting'

The 29-year-old airline worker admitted cabin crew don't always tell passengers the full truth.

A flight attendant has shared secrets from the skies including why it's a very bad idea to go into the toilet without shoes, as well as revealing her most bizarre experiences.

Barbie, 29, from Argentina, works for La Azafata airline and regularly goes viral for sharing travel tips and secrets on TikTok with her three million followers.

Currently based in Turin, Italy, her jet-setting career has seen her go all over the world – but it's not always blue skies while working on a commercial airline.

Now, Barbie has revealed everything about life on a flight, including where toilet waste really goes, why cabin crew don't always tell passengers the full truth and why it's not a good idea to go to the toilet barefoot.

Flight attendant Barbie, 29, on a plane and swimming in her bikini.
Flight attendant Barbie, 29, has opened up about her most bizarre experiences and the top three dirtiest parts of a plane. Source: Jam Press/Australscope

"Sometimes, flight attendants and pilots don’t tell all the truth to the passengers," Barbie told NeedToKnow.Online. "They do this so they try not to scare them and to prevent a potentially dangerous situation during the flight. When you’re in the sky you’ve no way out, so you need to minimise risks."

"Flight attendants love turbulence, because we can rest a little bit as we should stay seated and we cannot get up to provide the food service for example. We’re used to the turbulence so we are not frightened about it."

What really happens with plane toilet waste?

Barbie also shares what happens with plane toilet waste and the real colour of a 'black box', which records all conversations that happen in the cockpit during a flight.

"The human waste is thrown to the sky, just kidding! There are two tanks in the plane; one is for drinkable water and the other one for waste," she said. "So everything that comes from the toilet goes directly to this waste tank.

"For some reason everyone thinks that the black box of an aeroplane is actually black, but I have to tell you that’s not true, in fact the colour is orange and there is a reason for that," the flight attendant added.

"The orange colour is not a whim, this colour has been chosen to be easy to find in the ground or in the sea in case of an accident."

Barbie in a selfie and standing at a plane's door.
Barbie admitted cabin crew don't always tell passengers the full truth. Source: Jam Press/Australscope

The dirtiest part of a plane revealed

And have you ever wondered what the dirtiest parts of a plane are? Well, Barbie is here to tell you.

"If I had choose the top three dirtiest places in the plane, I will put in first place the toilet floor. A lot of people go in there without shoes, I can’t believe it," she said.

"In second place are the seat pockets, I’ve seen passengers putting disgusting things in there and the cleanliness of this place is never great. And in third place is the bins. When the cleaning team enters the aeroplanes, they never clean the bins, so imagine what you can find in there."

Flight attendant's scariest moments

Lastly, Barbie has revealed some of the scariest moments she has experienced on a plane.

"In the middle of the night, a grown-up girl called the crew and told us that her mother was biting her. So we immediately went to see what was going on," the 29-year-old recalled.

"They were yelling at each other and the girl wanted us to call her dad, but we were in the middle of the ocean and of course we could not contact her father at all. She really wanted that and started looking nervous.

"Her mother told us that she wasn’t in her right mind and finally the girl fell asleep on the floor, the scene was taken straight out of a movie."

Barbie also detailed the moment passengers turned on airport staff after discovering their luggage had not been loaded onto their plane.

"I remember one time that the luggage wasn’t loaded in the plane and the passengers noticed it when they got off the plane. Everything was good until they saw us in the middle of the airport. They thought we were responsible for not telling them about this inconvenience, but actually we found out at the same time."

Emmie Norton/Jam Press/Australscope

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