‘Secret’ meaning behind tiny triangle on plane revealed

A flight attendant has revealed the “secret” meaning behind the tiny black triangle stickers often found on cabin walls.

Henny Joyce Lim, a cabin crew member for Philippines-based airline Cebu Pacific, explained the triangles indicate the best spot on the plane to view the wings clearly.

It also let’s flight attendants know the “best vantage points for the slats and flaps outside”.

“Passengers sitting next to the triangles get the best view of the wings,” Henny said in the viral clip that has since resurfaced from 2022.

'Secret' meaning behind tiny triangle on plane revealed

“If flight crew need to check the wings these triangles let them know the best vantage points for the slats and flaps outside.”

She advised that if you’re flying with an airline that allows you to choose your own seat, “look for the triangles in the cabin”.

Henny can be seen standing in an empty Airbus 320 as she advises passengers to look for the triangles.

“Anybody who loves taking window shots or videos will get the best view over the wings from these seats,” she declared.

Some viewers had no idea of the real meaning, leaving them stunned.

“Wow interesting,” one person wrote, while another added: “Very informative”.

One person joked: “Who wants to get the best view of the wings? definitely not me”.

Others tried to gauge the rows with the triangles from watching the video.

“Row 10 and Row 18. got it,” one declared.

“Either at 10 or at 18,” Henny confirmed. “But it still depends on the type of aircraft or depending on the type of aircraft …”

“I saw that. I was seated at 29A then a few seats from me I saw something like that. At first I thought a fly had entered the plane,” another follower confessed.

Retired aerospace engineer Lee Ballentine weighed in on the black triangles mystery on the Q&A website Quora back in 2015.

“The black triangle marks the location of what has been called ‘William Shatner’s Seat,’ the seat with the clearest view of the wing. This is the place inside the airplane from which you can get the best visual check for ice or other problems,” Ballentine disclosed.

“The Shatner reference is to one of the strangest Twilight Zone episodes, ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,‘ which first aired on October 11, 1963,” Ballentine continued. “In it, Shatner’s character sees a gremlin on the wing of the plane he’s a passenger on.”

Meanwhile, Henny, who is known for her travel content, recently disclosed why cabin crew sit on their hands, also known as “brace position”.

“This position involves fastening [your] seatbelt securely, [sitting] upright, [sitting] on [your] hands — palms up, thumbs [tucked] and arms loose — and [placing your] feet flat on the floor,” she explained.

“The aim is to keep the body in a rigid pose so that if there was any impact from an unplanned emergency, the body is damaged less.”

– with the New York Post

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