Airline reveals every single item involved in getting you to your destination

British Airways reveals what they put on every flight.
British Airways reveals what they put on every flight. Photo credit: Getty Images.

British Airways has released a list of every single item it loads onto international flights, revealing some very surprising numbers.

When you're heading off on a plane, you probably only think about what's being loaded onto it when you check in your luggage.

But your bag is just one of over 7000 items loaded onto every single plane before it leaves.

The airline looked into a typical flight from Heathrow in London to JFK Airport in New York. The Boeing 747 aircraft would be packed with over 400 passengers as well as 7000 items to keep everyone happy and get things where they need to go.

Some numbers:  

  • Miniature wine bottles: 388
  • Bags of Pretzels: 350
  • Toilet rolls: 78 
  • Blankets: 282
  • Full bottles of wine: 101
  • First aid kits: 5
  • Bedding: More than 800 items.
British Airways opened the door on what goes on behind the scenes.
British Airways opened the door on what goes on behind the scenes. Photo credit: British Airways.

For those inquisitive passengers who wonder what is underneath them onboard, IAG Cargo has also released some data.

So far this year, 26 percent of cargo flying in the cargo hold has been made up of fast delivery consumer goods such as fashion products, smartphones, or tablets. Five percent of the cargo was specialist items, including live animals or pricey artwork.

Three percent of the cargo was pharmaceuticals and vaccines, which are kept at a controlled temperature.

So keep this in mind next time you're impatiently waiting for the aircraft to be loaded up before you leave. There's a lot more than just you and your suitcase to be taken care of.

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