March 2007

March 13, 2007

Deaths in the sky

It is said that nobody dies in flight, and legally that is true in most cases. The reason is that only a medical doctor can pronounce someone dead. So unless a doctor is on board, a person will only be pronounce dead on ground.

Recently a british airways passenger travelling first class woke up from a nap on a long haul flight to find that cabin crew had placed a corpse in his row. The woman in her seventies, who died after the plane left Delhi for Heathrow, was carried by cabin staff from economy to first class, where there was more space. The passenger became very concerned about the state of the body. “When you have a decaying body on a plane at room temperature for more than five hours there are significant health and safety risks,” he said.

After the plane landed, those in first class remained on board for an hour before police and a coroner gave the all-clear. On average, there were about 10 deaths each year out of every 36m passengers.

Other carriers use different procedures. Singapore Airlines has introduced “corpse cupboards” on its Airbus 340-500 aircraft. Cabin crews use the locker if there is no empty row of seats to place a corpse. These can be found at EEYCL cabin near door four right.

*** Did you know***

  • When you have a full load on board, what do you do with a dead body? A certain airline left the corpse in a designated toilet and lock it. Hours later when the plane landed, rigor mortis has set in and the body became too stiff to be move. They end up breaking down the toilet door and the plane had to be grounded 48 hours for repairs.
  • Dead passengers in economy or business class usually get a free UPGRADE to first class, where usually the load is not full. 
  • If the corpse is of a big built and located in the aft ( back end ) of aircraft, crew may have difficulty moving it down the narrow aisle way, so the use of a transportation vehicle is helpful, this will be the meal carts you are being serve your meals with.
  • Most of the times, Pilots report " time of death"  as " JUST AS WE LANDED".  Officially, when a passenger is taken ill or died on board, pilots are suppose to land at the nearest available airport. Captains hate to do that as it mess up their schedules, cost the airline thousands in fuel and delays. So " just as we landed" is the best option. After all, they are dead aren’t they?
  • For planes with crew bunks, in the event of deaths on a full load, which bed do you think they shove the corpse to? The answer is quiet common sense …. the most assessible one. Look out for it…

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March 12, 2007

Go for fat loss, not weight loss

Go for Fat Loss, not Weight Loss

Your body weight includes bones, organs, muscles, water and fats. As you age, you tend to lose bone and muscle mass, but fat tends to accumulate at a faster pace due to the slow down in metabolism and the lack of physical activity.

Your weight might be the same for the last 5 or 10 years or just gain negligibly, however, the composition of your body weight may have shifted over the years with more fats and less muscle and bone mass.

If you have been religiously relying on the weighing scale for comfort, you need to realise its not a good gauge of your total health and fitness plans. Measuring your body composition will take the guesswork out and give you a better picture of your diet and exercise goals. ( Have you started one yet? )

I know of some personal trainers who encourage their clients not to use the weighing scale more than once a week, but instead, monitor their body composition ( measure body fat ) .

Generally, body fat percentages for an average women is 20-25% ( 15 – 19% optimum) , and for the average men 15 -20% ( to see your 6 packs abs, between 10 – 14%) .

There are several products in the market which you can purchase and do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. These products cost about $50 or less and is quite easy to use. Here’s my pick…

1) FatTrack GOLD Digital Body Fat Caliper with FREE MyoTape

2) Accu Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat Tester

The best way to lost body fats is to do it slowly, safely and healthfully and of course, keeping it off permanently. You want fat around your hips and thighs completely gone and a firm flat stomach. You want muscle all over your body while looking feminine for women and ripped and sculptor for men.

You can continue to use the scale, the measuring tape, the mirror and most importantly, if you are passionate about losing that body fat and living a more healthy lifestyle, invest in a Body Fat Caliper.

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March 7, 2007

When you are cabin crew for long enough

If you have been flying for a while, these are probably some of the things you will do….

  • You can eat a 4 course meal standing at the kitchen counter even when home
  • At the grocery store, you start looking for a crew line
  • All your pens have different hotel names on it.
  • You never unpack your luggage completely
  • You can tell from a distance if a piece of luggage will fit in the overhead bin
  • You care about local news of  a city far away from home
  • You know at least 10 uses for air sickness bags
  • You can recognize pilots by the backs of their heads, not by their faces
  • You understand and use the 24 hour clock
  • You own 2 sets of uniform, fat and thin
  • You stand at the front door and say " bye bye, thanks and have a nice day " when someone leaves your home
  • Your thighs are covered in bruises from armrests and elbows
  • You wake up and have to look at the hotel stationery to figure out where you are
  • When the doorbell rings, you look at the ceiling
  • You refer to cities by their airport codes
  • You understands every item on this list

Have fun figuring them out…

cheers

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