Flight attendants have hidden trap doors they can use to escape in emergencies

A flight attendant has shared a sneak peek at escape hatches on planes for cabin crew – but passengers won't be able to use them.

That's because the escape hatch is located in hidden break rooms where crew can go to get some rest during long-haul flights.

Blair, a flight attendant for Virgin Australia, gave passengers a sneak peek with a behind-the-scenes video on board a Boeing 777 aircraft, for a live story on the airline's Instagram page.

In the video, he heads towards a door which appears to be a bit like the toilet doors – only when he unlocks it, instead of a toilet, there's a staircase.

Climbing up the stairs, he reveals a series of pod-style cabins with beds, right above the Economy cabin seats.

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In these pods, attendants can have a proper snooze or a break from what can be a gruelling shift on long-haul flights.

After all, if you're working a 15-hour flight between Australia and Los Angeles, that can be quite a long time on your feet, keeping everything running smoothly and making sure passengers are comfortable – all while keeping a smile on their face.

However, during the behind-the-scenes tour there was an extra surprise, as Blair revealed the nifty trick cabin crew can use if they get trapped in the cabins during an emergency.

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With the click of a button on one of the panels, Blair reveals that it can be transformed into a small escape hatch, with stairs which are unfold back down to the Economy cabin.

The idea is that, should cabin crew find themselves unable to use the main entrance/exit during an emergency, the escape hatch offers a quick alternative route back down to the passengers.

A post on the Virgin Australia blog sheds a bit more light on how the rest areas are set up.

It explains: "There are two rest areas on board our Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, located above the Business Class and Economy cabins at either end of the aircraft and after main meal service, breaks are allocated to ensure that the right amount of crew always remain on deck to assist guests.

"There are four flight crew on board our Boeing 777 aircraft, and at least two pilots on the flight deck at all times.

"For pilots who are resting, they can get some sleep in two beds above the Business Class cabin, or relax and enjoy our in-flight entertainment system.

"The rest area for our cabin crew is above our economy cabin, and features 8 single beds with sheets, blankets and comfortable pillows to ensure crew are well rested once they return to the cabin."

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