Flight attendants are humans too, and just like everyone else, they need to s̶h̶a̶g̶ sleep on long-haul flights. But where do they do the sideways dance? Most Boeing 777 and 787 airliners have a secret stairway that leads to a tiny set of windowless bedrooms for the cabin crew — and few people know they even exist. This brings us a whole new world in which to join the mile high club. See what the secret cabins look like.
It depends on the plane, but usually crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777.
Hidden stairway leading up to the secret room.
Some cabins are entered through a secret hatch that looks like a typical overhead bin. This is on American Airline’s Boeing 773.
A sign divulges what’s behind these doors (eight crew member bunks), though you’ve probably never read it that closely.
Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with eight beds (or seven, depending on the airline). This is the cabin’s rest area on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The crew certainly seems to enjoy the overhead rest areas on Boeing 777s, which, depending on the airline, can fit six to 10 bunks, as well as personal storage space for each crew member.
On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths, as well as two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or lavatory, depending on the airline.
The beds, which are generally around six feet long and two and a half feet wide, plenty of room to do the sideways dance.
A strict “one per bunk” warning advises against any funny business.
Others have bunk beds that are stacked on top of each other, like this Malaysian Air A380 plane.
Other planes, like this American Airlines Boeing 773, have partitioned-off beds along an aisle, reminiscent of a cruise ship. The aisle is so low that you have to duck to walk through it.