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So THIS Is Where Flight Attendants Sleep

Their secret hideouts are perfect for a mid-flight nap.

Sleeping on the job isn’t encouraged in most workplaces, but if you’re a flight attendant on a long-haul flight, it’s a must. And now we know more about where flight attendants sleep, at least on a certain aircraft.

Virgin Australia recently shared photos of the crew rest areas on its Boeing 777-300ER planes. Flight attendants can get some shut-eye in one of eight single beds above the economy cabin. Pilots, meanwhile, have their own two beds above the business class seats.

After meal service, flight attendants on Virgin Australia flights <a href="https://blog.virginaustralia.com/our-people/do-our-crew-sleep-long-haul-flights" target="_blank">take turns using eight beds</a> in the rest area above the economy cabin.&nbsp;
After meal service, flight attendants on Virgin Australia flights take turns using eight beds in the rest area above the economy cabin. 
Crew can <a href="https://blog.virginaustralia.com/our-people/do-our-crew-sleep-long-haul-flights" target="_blank">change into pajamas</a> before&nbsp;their naps, according to Virgin.&nbsp;
Crew can change into pajamas before their naps, according to Virgin. 
Meanwhile, pilots rotate resting&nbsp;in <a href="https://blog.virginaustralia.com/our-people/do-our-crew-sleep-long-haul-flights" target="_blank">two beds above the business&nbsp;class cabin</a>, which come with access to in-flight entertainment.&nbsp;
Meanwhile, pilots rotate resting in two beds above the business class cabin, which come with access to in-flight entertainment. 

On the classic Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is used by airlines including American and United, flight attendants also duck into secret rooms to go to bed. The quarters look pretty spacious and comfy to us, even though we’ll probably never get to see them in person. Keep in mind that airlines often customize their planes, so the crew rest areas may look different from airline to airline.

Crew sleeping quarters on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2012
Crew sleeping quarters on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2012
The 787 Dreamliner
The 787 Dreamliner

Here’s an overhead crew rest on the Boeing 777.

More images of flight attendant sleeping quarters routinely surface on Imgur. Oh, what we’d give for a guided tour!

A previous version of this post initially appeared in September 2014.

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