Strange things you didn't know about your flight

Fascinating flying facts, from what pilots fear more than turbulence to the dirtiest place on a plane

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Thousands of us board the huge metal cylinders that transport us across the world while we're sat close to hundreds of strangers, and if you thought flying itself was a weird enough concept, you won't believe half the things that go on during your flight.

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We've picked some of the strangest things that you probably didn't know about flying, including why they really dim the lights during take-off and landing, and where you'll find the dirtiest spot on a plane (clue: it's not even the toilet).

Some of these will shock you while the other facts will answer the things you've always wondered, such as what happens if a plane is struck by lightning, why there is an ashtray in the plane toilet and why some airlines skip certain seat row numbers.

Take a look at these bizarre air travel facts and discover the most unusual things that go on during your flight.

Strange things you didn't know about your flight

Strange things you didn't know about your flight