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DANGER: Listen up for this word on planes and it's not mayday

As there can sometimes be a language barrier, using a secret language between the pilot, flight crew and air traffic control will make it easier for everyone.

Passengers know that hearing the word “mayday” is never a good sign and it will often be said three times in the light of a threatening situation.

It comes from the French phrase “m’aidez” which means “help me”.

But there’s another word that travellers will want to pay attention to when they’re flying on board.

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Hearing the word “pan-pan” is a very bad sign which many may not realise.

Although it isn’t as severe as “mayday”, it can signify a terrifying situation on the aircraft.

Pan-pan is also repeated there times and it originates from a French phrase of “panne”, which means breakdown.

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Some other well-known phrases include “roger that” which is used as confirmation.

In the unlikely event of a plane hijack, pilots will use the word “squawking” which is the silent way to initiate contact in the state of an emergency.

If this worries you, an air hostess recently revealed the easiest way to fall asleep on a plane.

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