What Flight Attendants want to say to you…

While scouring the internet for interesting things to blog about (it’s a slow news day), I ran across this article on Readers Digest (ok, I am getting desperate). It lists 13 things Flight Attendants want you to know about flying and their jobs, but cannot say out aloud. I was hoping that the post would include tips on how to score free upgrades and drinks, but…

Check out the article in full, but here are a few good ones:

#3. We don’t have a boyfriend in every city. …and our median age these days is 44. (Bummer)

#6. The lavatory door is not rocket science. …just push. (Duh!)

#13. Is it that difficult to say hello and goodbye? …We say it 300 times on every flight, and only about 40 people respond.

Also read: Angry Flight attendants and cell phones on planes.

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  1. While the American Airlines flight had landed and was suppose to depart (take off again) it was delayed on the runway and my wife got sick and threw up (politely) in a barf bag. We we not allowed out of our seat, with the plane just sitting on the runway and so we asked a flight attendant to dispose of the barf bag, and they would not! We had to hold on to it until they let us out of our seats – a half hour later. They can all go to hell.

  2. I always find it the strangest thing that people don’t greet at the end of a flight. I mean, even if u did not know someone personally, you’d at least greet them after doing 3-18 hours of business with them. Politeness never killed anyone. Nice article too.

  3. @Soltatio, could not agree with you more. I personally I always greet the FAs and pilot/co-pilot who may be at the exit. Even after a 20 minute flight, I appreciate their doing their jobs.

  4. I personally always thank the crew at the end of the flight. I think the problem lies with expectations, passengers’ expectation of what an FA is supposed to deliver. The same applies to airline management.
    The primary function of an FA is the safety and security of the passengers on the flight. They are the first responders in case of a medical or any other emergency. Service is secondary. They are not there to be porters and lift your heavy hand luggage which should not exceede 7 kilograms in most cases. If an FA hurts her/his back handling your heavy luggage, then they have to be offloaded and replaced which invariably means a delay, especially if it is an inbound international flight. FAs enforce rules and regulations, they don’t make them. Finally, they are human like the rest of us, they have good and some bad days.
    What I am saying here is passengers need to cut them some slack.


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