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Woman renovating Boeing 777 reveals secret compartment where crew sleep

A woman who’s converting a Boeing 777 into a unique home has shown off the compartments where flight attendants sleep—right above passengers.

Carla, from California, purchased the “world’s largest commercial twin jet” in June, the 777-200LR, with the hopes of turning it into a vacation rental.

She’s been sharing her journey on her TikTok and Instagram pages, Justaplanehouse, as she guts the aircraft ready to be transformed. Seats, toilets and even part of the cockpit have gone, as she uploaded clips showing a sparse interior.

“You can really see here the difference it makes without the overhead bins, it’s so much roomier,” she said. In a separate clip she raved: “I love this part of the plane because you can really get an idea of how big the ceilings are going to be.”

As she strips the aircraft back to its bare bones, she revealed how big the interior really is, including the compartment where flight attendants sleep.

Giving viewers a tour of the craft, she said as she approached economy: “Now we’re getting into the very middle of the plane, which is where you’re going to find crew rest. Which is this orange box up here. And this is actually where the flight attendants sleep on big long haul flights.”

She pointed to orange boxes in the ceiling, right above where passengers’ heads would be, with the video available to be seen here.

In her most-watched clip, which has amassed more than 5 million views, she goes into the secretive compartment and gives a mini-tour, saying “crew rest secret room,” asking: “Did you guys know this existed?”

Explaining more, she said: “So crew rest is what you see in the orange, so normally this is covered by overhead bins and ceiling panels. And no one really knows it’s there. But flight attendants and crew members use this to sleep on really long flights. To get into the door it’s usually blocked by a keycode, but because this is a decommissioned plane and we can do whatever we want, we’ll override that.

“Then you take out these steep stairs and you can see… there’s bunks and seats and just kind of a relaxation area. Really cool.”

In the comment section she seemingly shared the penalty for trying to enter the compartment without permission, as she uploaded the warning: “Do not attempt to enter the crew rest or ‘crew only’ areas, you’ll be detained and arrested. It could result in fines up to 250k and 20 years in prison.”

The plane is originally from Etihad Airways, but Carla confirmed the airline isn’t involved in the project and all branding will be removed. The interior bears signs of its once luxurious life, as Carla gives a tour of the craft, showing off premium first class, business class, economy plus and finally economy.

Explaining the project, which has been a year-and-a-half in the making, she said: “I’m taking a decommissioned Boeing 777 and turning it into a unique and sustainable residence. I’ll be turning the world’s largest commercial twin jet into something fresh and new. Instead of letting this plane get scrapped and destroyed we’ll give it a new life!”

She shared a few stats to illustrate the plane’s “ginormous” size, as she said, referencing the wings, which are over 10,000 square foot combined, “so the length is 209 feet and wingspan is 200 feet!”

And Carla added: “The interior of the plane is about 4500 square feet, not including the underneath storage area from ground to tip of the tail about 60 feet in height.”

Numerous people commented on Carla’s clip showing off the crew rest, shared in July, with Rocco joking: “So that’s not ‘turbulence’ above me.”

Elissa Rodger joked: “This feels like a great place to survive a zombie apocalypse in.”

“This is so cool. I can’t wait to see what you turn this into but I have a feeling it will be gorgeous, low key jealous,” Evi wrote.

Although Jada wrote: “Maybe don’t show the general public how to get into crew rest without the code. Air marshall aren’t on every flight.”

In the comments, Carla herself added: “I shouldn’t have to say this but people are dumb. I am only doing this because it is a decommissioned unoperational aircraft.

Newsweek reached out to Carla for comment.

File photo of cabin crew. A woman renovating a Boeing 777 has revealed the secret compartment where flight attendants sleep.
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