Flight attendant shares worrying reality of leaving tray tables down during ...

CABIN CREW must enforce a number of rules for passengers to follow when flying. One of these is stowing away the tray table for take-off and landing, but do you know why this is so important?

PUBLISHED: 10:16, Sun, Sep 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:17, Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Flight attendants are not only onboard to offer service to passengers, they are also there for ensure health and safety regulations are met. In fact, cabin crew are frequently trained on specific safety precautions to ensure everyone is safe - even in the most terrifying scenarios.

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Indeed, though plane crashes and accidents are rare, cabin crew still must enforce rules that are in place just in case.

It turns out, one of these is something all passengers are aware of and do every time they fly.

During take-off and landing, passengers are asked to fold up their tray table.

While frequent fliers may be used to following this rule, they may not know the real reason behind why it is so important.

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Flights tray tableFlights: There is a major reason why tray tables must be folded up (Image: Getty Images)

Flights during take off and landingFlights: Take off and landing is the most common time for flight emergencies (Image: Getty Images)

However, a cabin crew member has shared all in a Reddit forum.

The anonymous airline worker explained the reason tables must be stowed away is “because if there's an emergency, you can't evacuate.”

They continued: “Also that's why your seat can't be back.

“It's not for you, it's for the person behind you.

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