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What Your Flight Attendants Really Think of You

What Your Flight Attendants Really Think of You October 30, 2019Leave a comment

Why is it that most people lose their maturity and common curtesy once they board a plane? If you don’t want to be a pest onboard and your aim is to be the ideal passenger, you can redeem yourself by taking note of these 25 things passengers do that really annoy flight attendants. 

When You Take Off Your Shoes...

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Do I really need to explain this?! Bare feet in the cabin is one thing, but going to the restroom sans shoes is completely gross. Planes are on ground for maximum 90 minutes at a time and the cleaning time is a mere 20 minutes. Planes are filthy, even when they’re cleaned - and the bathroom floors are always wet. And yes, it’s what you think it is!

When You Ask to Visit First Class...

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'You want to just have a peak at first class? Yeah sure, why not! Let’s make a P.A. for anyone else in economy who wants to have a look in the premium cabins. Hey, maybe you can even sit in one of the seats if it’s empty and take a photo. I’m sure the passengers in first class who paid $20,000 for their seat won’t mind!' - Every flight attendant's inner thoughts

When You Do Yoga in the Galley...

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Would you wander into the kitchen of a restaurant to stretch your legs? No, right? So don’t settle into your downward dog position in the middle of the galley just because it has the space. This is a working environment for your crew and one of the few places they can go to rest during a flight.

When You Repeatedly Press the Call Bell...

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Pressing the call bell repeatedly by mistake is one thing, but pressing it because you have a minor disturbance is a separate annoyance. An example of this is when the person next to you is asleep and you need to use the restroom but you want the crew to wake them up for you. This is not what the call bell is for.

When You Drink Tea or Coffee...

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Your flight attendant may judge you a little when you opt to drink a tea or coffee on a flight. This is because studies found that one in every eight planes fail the agency standards for water safety because the water comes from a tap and not from a bottle. So if you’re strict on only drinking bottled water, steer clear of ordering tea or coffee on a plane. 

When You Can't Lift Your Own Bag...

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A lot of passengers assume the crew stand in the cabin for boarding to help lift suitcases into the overhead lockers. Wrong! Imagine the work load if your flight attendant lifted every passenger’s bag on every flight they flew. Remember this: if your bag is too heavy for you to lift it could be too heavy for your crew as well, so be aware of that when you’re packing and be prepared to lift your own case.

When You Ask Where We're Flying Over...

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"What’s that city underneath us, you ask? Well sir, I actually don’t know every town and city that we fly over. You do however have a screen in front of you that shows the progress of the flight so you could check that instead of asking me." —is what your flight attendant wishes they could answer.

When You Obstruct the Aisles...

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A plane is a compact, shared space but passengers are quick to forget this. On every flight you’ll see legs and arms hanging out over the seats obstructing the aisles and not to mention parents nursing their babies with their heads directly in the way of people passing up and down. As well as body parts, passengers are notorious for littering in the cabin which could easily cause someone to trip and it's just downright rude.

When You Don't Have Bathroom Etiquette...

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Toothpaste spit, a puddle of water on the floor and soiled tissues all over bathroom sink. Not cool, you guys! There is literally a sign in most onboard bathrooms that reads: “please wipe the basin after you as a curtesy to the next passenger.” In other words: clean up after yourself! Yet, you’ll still find used earplugs, fake eye lashes and scrunched up tissues all over the basin when its your turn to go.

When You Ask Your Flight Attendant If They Know Other Flight Attendants...

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Oh your niece’s boyfriend’s sister is a flight attendant for another airline? I bet you think the crew on your flight might know her. No, they probably don't because it would be impossible for every flight attendant to know each other.

When You Ask to Visit the Cockpit...

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Fun Fact: the pilots on the plane are actually quite busy inside the flight deck while flying the plane, so it’s not a good idea to ask to visit so you can snap away for the 'gram! Also, you may not realize, but allowing just anyone into the cockpit is a serious security risk so you can go ahead and erase that from your bucket list for now. 

When You Sit On a Crew Jump Seat...

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Don’t sit on the crew jump seats, people. This is the crew's seat in case of an emergency, and if you break it, they won't have anywhere else to sit in that situation. Also, don’t rest your feet on the jump seat if it’s opposite your own seat. You wouldn’t like it if someone came into your office and put their feet up on your desk!

When You Don't Have Dining Etiquette...

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Piling up your meal tray with rubbish is a flight attendant’s biggest pet peeve. Returning a dirty meal tray with piles and piles of trash on top, only for it to topple all over your crew when they go to clear away your tray. Oh, and don’t put your tray on the floor! Would you do that at a restaurant?

When You Lose Your Belongings...

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A common occurrence with passengers is losing personal belongings. The biggest culprits are reading glasses, retainers and false teeth left on meal trays only for them to be cleared away by the crew and stowed in a cart along with more dirty meal trays. And who has to go fishing them out? You guessed it! The flight attendants. 

When You Demand Service Over Safety...

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Times when you should press the call bell are when there are safety or security issues or medical situations. Your crew have safety and security responsibilities which are their primary roles. Yet sometimes there will be passengers trying to order a beer while the cabin crew deal with a medical case next to them. Yes, that has happened!

When You Make Yourself at Home in the Galley...

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Don’t assume that the galley is a hangout spot. It’s not a social area nor a bar. The galley is a kitchen. It's a working space where food is prepared with hot ovens, heavy carts and several crew cramped into a tight space trying to do a job. However, when preparing for the service, passengers always pick the perfect time to pass through the galley to talk to their friend who is sitting on the other side of the plane.

When You Let Your Kids Run Wild...

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Allowing kids to run amok in the cabin or near the galley is not only annoying but dangerous. Parents more often than not completely forget that their kids are running around in an environment where there are hot ovens, tea and coffee makers and heavy service carts. Of course who’s going to get the blame if your kid injures themselves? You guessed it - the crew. 

When You Touch Your Crew...

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Don’t tip, tap or poke your crew to get their attention. Oh, and do not click your fingers. A simple “excuse me” will do. If you’re polite to your crew, they will look after you. They will remember your seat number and most likely give you a little more attention than they would give to the other demanding passengers who are pestering them. 

When You're Needy During Boarding...

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Did you know that boarding can be the most hectic part of a flight and the crew does not even get paid until the plane takes off? So when you board a plane and you’re asking for eye shades, ear plugs and an aisle seat; your crew are standing in the cabin monitoring possibly sick passengers while urging everybody to sit down promptly so they can take off and start earning their pay. 

When You Flush the Toilet As You Leave the Restroom...

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First of all, the suction of the toilet flush is loud as hell and every passenger in that cabin is going to hear you. So keep that door closed when you flush. Second of all, when did wash your hands? Always wash your hands when traveling on a plane, folks. It's in your best interest.

When You Don't Want to Display Your Boarding Pass...

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OK, let’s make this clear. When your crew stands at the door checking your boarding pass, they are not helping you to find your seat. They are making sure you are on the right flight, going to the right place, on the right day! Not verifying these details is a security breach. Simply telling your crew your seat number is not a legit way to board a plane.

When You Request a Special Meal...

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I know this may be hard to comprehend, but a plane is a finite area! Your crew can’t pull a vegan, gluten-free, non-lactose meal out of thin air for you if you didn’t pre-order it. Oh, and if you know you are allergic to nuts and have an intolerance to dairy (or 90% of other foods) you can bring your own packed lunch with you instead of complaining that your highly specific meal is not available for you. 

When You Forget You're Not in Starbucks...

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No, your flight attendant will not be able to get you a no-foam, decaf latte with almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Get this at the airport before your flight to save yourself from getting laughed at by your crew members and fellow passengers.

When You Complain About Crying Babies...

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Newsflash: Your crew can’t do anything about the baby crying behind you. It’s a baby, they cry. Need I say any more? This is another great reason why you should not press that call bell.

When You Don't Say Thank You or Goodbye...

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After a long and busy 10-hour flight when your crew waves you off at the door, it's so rude to not as much as smile as you pass them. If they wish you well and you say thank you— they’re really wishing that it rains during your entire vacation in Hawaii.