Secret Room Where Flight Attendants Sleep on 777-300ER Flights

Secret Room Where Flight Attendants Sleep on 777-300ER Flights

Sarita Rami, the in-service manager for my flight, met me at the entrance of the plane. Together, we navigated to the crew rest area.

Sarita Rami walks through the cabin on Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300ER.

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Here, at the very back of the plane, Rami approached a door camouflaged in the wall. After pressing a sequence of buttons, a latch popped open revealing a steep stairwell.

Sarita Rami unlocks the door to the secret plane bedrooms for flight attendants.

Sarita Rami unlocks the door to the secret plane bedrooms for flight attendants.

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Each step was covered in a non-slip tread that led up to a bedroom for flight attendants. I grabbed onto the handrail and scaled the steps.

A view of the stairs the flight attendants take to get to their beds.

A view of the stairs the flight attendants take to get to their beds.

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As I entered the rest area, I was surprised by its small size. While the room was large enough to fit eight beds, I thought it felt cramped with its low ceilings and narrow hallways.

The eight beds.

A view of the entire room for flight attendants.

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At 5 feet and 8 inches, I was too tall to stand upright comfortably. Instead, I crouched and crawled around the dimly-lit room

The author in the secret bedroom area for flight attendants.

The author crouches in the hidden rest area for flight attendants.

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While there are eight beds, Rami said usually six are occupied at once. That’s because the typical long-haul flight has 12 flight attendants who take breaks in shifts once meal service is finished, she said.

Behind the entrance are eight beds for the flight attendants.

Behind the entrance are eight beds for the flight attendants.

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When it’s their turn to rest, a flight attendant will open the locked door, climb up the stairs, and pick one of the eight bunk bed-style nooks for their two-and-a-half-hour break.

The beds in the secret plane bedroom.

The beds in the secret plane bedroom.

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Rami also told me that the room can’t be used during takeoff and landing. While the rest of the aircraft cabin is pressurized during these times, she said there’s no ventilation in the bedroom space until the aircraft reaches 25,000 feet.

A sign indicates that flight attendants shouldn't use the room during taxi, landing, and takeoff.

A sign indicates that flight attendants shouldn’t use the room during taxi, landing, and takeoff.

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As the flight manager, Rami told me her bed comes with a telephone to communicate with the pilots and the rest of the crew.

As the flight manager, Sarita Rami sleeps in the first bed, which is the only one with a phone.

As the flight manager, Sarita Rami sleeps in the first bed, which is the only one with a phone.

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Every sleeping nook has a heavy curtain designed to dampen the sound, block out light, and create a sense of privacy.

Each bedroom has its own privacy curtain.

Each bedroom has its own privacy curtain.

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Each bed has a seat belt for potential turbulence, with blankets and pillows strapped underneath.

The beds also have seat belts.

The beds also have seat belts.

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I spotted a mirror and two storage compartments inside each nook …

Each bed area has small storage compartments and a mirror.

Each bed area has small storage compartments and a mirror.

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… as well as a panel to control the lighting in the sleeping space.

The flight attendants can control the light and air flow from their bed.

The flight attendants can control the light and air flow from their bed.

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Rami allowed me to crawl into her bed, and it felt surprisingly cozy. It wasn’t nearly as supportive as my mattress back home, but I thought the thick mattress topper was comfy enough for a nap.

The author in the secret bedroom area for flight attendants.

The author in the secret bedroom area for flight attendants.

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Once out of the bed, I moved to the front of the room, where there was another mirror and storage for flight attendants to stash their personal belongings.

More storage for the flight attendants while they sleep.

More storage for the flight attendants while they sleep.

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Also in the front was a control panel for the room’s temperature and an outlet.

The temperature control panel.

The temperature control panel.

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At the very back of the cabin, I noticed a closet. Rami told me it’s for uniform storage.

An arrow points to the closet in the back of the crew rest area.

An arrow points to the closet in the back of the crew rest area.

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Besides the lights and mirrors, the cabin rest area appeared bare. There were no windows, and I didn’t spot any TVs for entertainment. Rami said that’s because the flight attendant’s main focus in the room is relaxing and resting.

In each bed area, there's pillows and blankets for the flight attendant.

In each bed area, there were only pillows, blankets, and some small storage compartments.

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