01/06/2017 12:56 BST | Updated 01/06/2017 13:03 BST

Tom Cruise Is A Secret Codeword On Long Haul Flights, BBC Documentary Reveals

The 'Top Gun' star proves invaluable.

Tom Cruise means many different things to many people, but for a particular segment of the transport industry, it turns out his name is a useful codeword to keep things organized.

‘The Secret Life of The Long Haul Flight’ is a documentary that does exactly what it promises - reveals all the tricks of the trade that flight crew employ to keep passengers, and themselves, happy during those interminable hours in the sky.

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And one of the systems unique to air stewards and air stewardesses the world over - having a system for their beverages, which is where the ‘Top Gun’ star comes in.

One of the flight crew featured in the doc reveals:

“We have a little trick that we call Tom Cruise.

“When we talk about Tom Cruise on the aircraft we are not talking about the famous movie star — we are talking about tea and coffee. How do you put them on the trolley, tea then coffee. Tom Cruise.”

Other secrets to be unveiled in the doc include a special sleeping chamber for flight crew, housed underneath the passenger deck, near the cargo hold, where those on shift can grab a few hours sleep between duties, including one tucked-away compartment christened the ‘Harry Potter’ bed.

‘The Secret Life of The Long Haul Flight’ airs on Friday 2 June at 9pm on Channel 5. 

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