These Flight Attendants Just Told Us All The Secrets Of Flying

Published on 10/02/2018
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You might be surprised to know that flight attendants know a lot more than where to find your seat and whether the in-flight snacks will be pretzels or peanuts. Want to know how to get bumped up to first class for free? Or why every flight attendant hates it when you order a Diet Coke? There are a lot of flying secrets we don’t know about, but these flight attendants just did a tell-all about the best kept ones. Are you one of the people they notice just as you step on a plane? And is it a good thing or not?

Mobile Devices

We have all heard it a million times: turn off your phone or switch it to airplane mode before the plane takes off. Did you know the reason is not actually because your phone signal will cause the plane to crash? It’s because using your electronic device while the plane is taking off or landing can irritate the air traffic control tower. Your phone can probably do more damage to the passengers of the flight if you chucked it at one of their heads rather than if you scrolled through Instagram.

Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

Secrets Of Upgrades

Everybody wants an upgrade to those luxurious first class seats, but there are certain attributes a flight attendant looks for before giving you that coveted ticket. The people who usually get bumped up to first or business class are pregnant women, well-dressed flyers who are not only polite but also attractive, or of course, anyone who has a friend in the cabin crew. Are you thinking of arriving at your next flight in a full suit and tie, don’t think that will earn you a seat. Sometimes, the crew simply doesn’t have anything available.

Secrets Of Upgrades

Secrets Of Upgrades

Diet Coke’s The Worst

We don’t know about you, but we’re a big fan of Diet Coke and other fizzy drinks in flights. Those who prefer less fizzy drinks, however, earn the good favor of flight attendants in flights around the world. Why? Flight attendants have said that fizzy drinks, especially Diet Coke, are the most difficult drinks to pour because of their bubbly nature. Some flight attendants have explained that it takes three times longer to fill up a cup of Diet Coke versus other things. Guess we’re all ordering orange juice for our next flight.

Diet Cokes The Worst

Diet Cokes The Worst

Can The Crew Date Passengers?

Flight attendants dress to impress, and for a very good reason. Making your flight as enjoyable as possible is part of their job description! Does that mean you can ask out your flight attendant for a drink after their shift is over? Technically yes, as there are not any rules prohibiting flight attendants and crew from getting to know one another a little better beyond the pleasantries exchanged in-flight. However, it’s likely that they’ll say no, considering the high number of passengers that hit on them daily.

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Can The Crew Date Passengers?

How About That ‘Mile-High Club’?

Want to join that ‘Mile High Club?’ Besides the fact that restroom fornication is unsanitary, it’s probably also uncomfortable considering the small size of airplane bathrooms. If you are thinking about this, keep in mind that a crew member who notices your presence in the bathroom for a suspiciously long time crew can open your locked restroom door from the outside to check on your “safety.”

How About That Mile High Club

How About That Mile High Club

How Unhealthy Is Airplane Food?

It is really amazing how good airplane food can be given that an airplane isn’t a gourmet restaurant! We’re totally kidding, but admittedly, it could be worse. According to some experts, the in-flight food is the definition of unhealthy. It’s packed with sugar, salt, and fat with little to no nutritional value. If you’re worried about the in flight meal, feel free to pack some sandwiches and snacks from home.

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How Unhealthy Is Airplane Food?

The Truth On Air Marshals

Since the tragedy of 9/11, air marshals have taken residence in all American flights. These hidden warriors are trained to taken down terrorists who attempt to hijack a plane and so much more. You won’t be able to recognize them, though. Their purpose is to remain hidden on all flights, and not only American ones. Rest easy in your flight knowing they’re there to protect you.

The Truth On Air Marshals

The Truth On Air Marshals

The Real Reason Behind The Greeting

Ever wonder why the crew greets you ever so pleasantly as you enter the plane? It’s not just a simple greeting. The cabin crew are taking note of passengers who could be helpful in an emergency situation as well as the opposite: who might be a hindrance, especially those who have had a few too many drinks or enter the plane very aggressively. The crew also notices things varying from who is flying solo, who is flying in a large group, and who is able to speaking English.

The Real Reason Behind The Greeting

The Real Reason Behind The Greeting

How Sturdy Are Planes?

When you take a second to think about it, planes are really like buses with wings traveling at hundreds of miles an hour… but are they safe? If something like lightning hit a plane, what would happen? Probably just hundreds of shrieking passengers, but nothing else. The likelihood of an airline accident is close to zero given the extensive safety check that is done before the flight takes off.

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How Sturdy Are Planes?

Worth It Or Not?

Flight attending seems to be a glamorous life of travel, luxury, and adventure, but we have to admit: that’s hardly the reality. For starters, flight attendants only get paid from that precise moment the plane’s cabin doors are closed, which means that flight cancellations and delays don’t earn them a dime. If you’ve ever noticed the flight crew growing anxious as the cabin doors are open waiting for that last passenger? Now you know why: they’re not getting paid for that time.

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Worth It Or Not?

Brace Position Myth

The safety brace position, or pulling your body forward and covering your head in the event of a crash, can seem to some passengers as a useless tactic if there were actually a crash. In reality, extensive research and an episode of MythBusters has proven that safety brace position is scientifically proven to transfer the force of impact from your body to the chair in front of you, while also doing the job of protecting your vital organs.

Brace Position Myth

Brace Position Myth

Overweight Luggage

Overweight baggage fees are the bane of anyone’s traveling experience, but do they actually help with the safety of a plane? Planes can weigh around 175,000 pounds, so what’s a few extra pounds in souvenirs from a trip? The truth is crew members are worried abut the distribution of the weight in the airplane. Weight distribution is so important that employees will place sandbags weighing up to 600 pounds in cargo to ensure plane’s weight is balanced. It looks like safety is a lot more than weight!

Overweight Luggage

Overweight Luggage

In Case Of Medical Emergency

If you’ve ever been in the unfortunate situation where a crew member announces over the PA: “Is there a doctor on board?” you know someone’s medical emergency just got real. Don’t worry too much, though; flight attendants are trained in the Heimlich maneuver and CPR, and on flights with over 30 passengers, there’s a defibrillator stored on the plane. Pilots also have the authority to decide if it’s necessary to land the airplane for a medical emergency.

In Case Of Medical Emergency

In Case Of Medical Emergency

Limit How Cozy You Get

For those longer flights, we hope you remembered to pack that vital neck pillow and some games and movies on your iPad, but whatever you do, don’t take off your shoes! The recycled air on the plane means that your smelly socks scent travels throughout the entire plane, irritating those sensitive olfactory nerves of all the passengers…and also getting on their other nerves, too. As if the air pressure blocking everyone’s ear drugs wasn’t enough, let’s not add some stinky socks to the list of annoyances.

Limit How Cozy You Get

Limit How Cozy You Get

Why Being Nice Is Worth It

Whoever said nice guys finish last clearly has never tried flying in the 21st century. Being friendly, respectful, and kind on a flight can earn you anything from an upgrade to some extra-attentive crew members. However, if your behavior is the least bit reprehensible, you might find your seat randomly selected to be moved next to the toilet or next to a crying baby for “weight distribution purposes.” Don’t test us on this: it really does happen.

Why Being Nice Is Worth It

Why Being Nice Is Worth It

When It Comes To Water

It’s definitely an annoyance to flight attendants to hear the “ping” of a request just to fill water cups. If you want to be more courteous to the crew, you can consider bringing a bottle of water on to the plane, but under no circumstances should you drink from the taps on the plane. “Water is not potable” means that the tank holds water fit for washing your hands and face, but not for ingesting. So for the sake of your inner organs and a potential water-borne infection, resist drinking that tap water!

When It Comes To Water

When It Comes To Water

Life of A Flight Attendant

While the live of a flight attendant may seem luxurious at times, the truth is that it’s a job of endless jet lag, constantly missing friends and family, and skipping out on those important weddings and birthdays all to work. Think those are the only downsides? Here are more: Getting up at ungodly hours to get to the airport, picking up extra shifts during the holidays and weekends, and hardly being able to sit during a shift are just a few more of the annoyances of the job.

Life Of A Flight Attendant

Life Of A Flight Attendant

Pilots Do A Lot More Than Just Navigating

Here’s some advice: don’t get your pilot angry. While they may be nicely dressed and hard-working navigators of the sky, they have an authoritative side, too. If an unruly passenger disrupts a flight, the pilot can order the passenger to be handcuffed for the duration of the flight until authorities take over once the plane has landed. On the flip side, if a passenger is dying on the flight, pilots are allowed to take their last will.

Pilots Do A Lot More Than Just Navigating

Pilots Do A Lot More Than Just Navigating

How Thoroughly Are Planes Cleaned?

This answer makes us cringe. You may have noticed trash being removed, some light carpet vacuuming but rarely anything else. Ever wonder how often the FAA mandates the sets, armrests, and folding trays to be cleaned? Get ready to be grossed out: never. The FAA doesn’t actually regulate how often planes should be cleaned, so airlines have taken it upon themselves to make those decisions. Quick flight turnover means that cleaning methods are far less than pristine.

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How Thoroughly Are Planes Cleaned?

What Does The Crew Eat?

There are some pretty interesting rules about the food on flights. Did you know that the pilot and co-pilot are mandated to eat different dishes? In the event that the food was riddled with bacteria, it would be impossible to land the plane properly. For this reason, pilots and crew bring their own food aboard the plane, and it’s pretty understandable why they do that.

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What Does The Crew Eat?

Leftover Food

If there are some passengers missing from the flight, what happens to their meals? It’s often thrown out because it could have been prepared up to three days before the flight. Still think that flight food is always safe to eat? International flying standards declare food safe to eat until it’s been chilled over five days.

Leftover Food

Leftover Food

Proper Plane Etiquette

While it’s important to treat all service workers with respect and dignity, we want to remind you that it’s in your vested interest to treat flight attendants with a friendly demeanor. Flight attendants can do more than CPR and the Heimlich maneuver to take down a belligerent passenger.  Some are trained in martial arts to the extent that they have the ability to remove the threat of an unruly passenger who is endangering the flight. If that wasn’t enough to convince you to be on your best behavior, in the event of an emergency, they are trained to evacuate the plane is the blink of an eye, all in a calm and controlled manner.

Proper Plane Etiquette

Proper Plane Etiquette

Safety Matters

The most dangerous times during a flight are takeoff and landing, so you might notice the crew being increasingly attentive to what you’re doing during this time. Even with that said, flying is still safer than driving a car. The U.S. government studied the chances of dying in a car accident versus a plane crash, and the results were astronomically low for plane flyers! There’s about a 1% chance of dying in a car accident and .0001% chance of dying in a plane crash.

Safety Matters

Safety Matters

Does the Crew Sleep During the Flight?

We are happy to report that the crew does, in fact, sleep on flights. We can’t imagine staying awake for the entire duration of an cross-Atlantic flight! The flight attendants and crew have a a designated cabin on airplanes on many airplanes including the Boeing 777 and 787. Pilots get some special treatment: they get their own sleeping compartments.

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Does The Crew Sleep During The Flight?

Is There An Alcohol Limit?

Is it true that one drink in the air is worth two on the ground? What about six drinks in the air… how many is that worth on the ground? A drunk and irritable passenger can serve up to two years of prison when they’ve landed from unruly behavior. It’s actually illegal for the airline staff to serve a passenger alcoholic beverages until they’re drunk, so it’s best to choose a soda over an alcoholic drink on a flight.

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Is There An Alcohol Limit?

Baggage Compartment Contents

The baggage compartment has a lot more than trinkets, clothes, and the occasional pack of intentional foods and snacks. Some luggage carries “HR,” which mean “human remains.” Next time you’re sitting there and notice an unruly passenger disappears from the flight, it might be prudent to wonder if they were transferred to the baggage compartment with a new label.

Baggage Compartment Contents

Baggage Compartment Contents

Dim Lights

On all flights, you may have noticed the lights dim before take-off. Based on the responses from some flight attendants, because takeoff and landing are the highest risk for emergencies, the lights are dimmed so that your eyes will have adjusted to the night-lights, and you can react better in an emergency. That’s smart thinking!

Dim Lights

Dim Lights

Is The Air Safe?

Oh, that dreary old recycled air. It’s smelly, stuffy, and annoying, but is it safe? A lot of people worry about that coughing a few rows ahead traveling throughout the entire plane and infecting us with the same ailment. The reality is that airplane air is the same type of air you’d find in any ordinary office. As for that person coughing a few seats ahead, just try avoiding his handshake.

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Is The Air Safe?

No Engine No Problem

Actually, that might be a bit of a problem. But in the event of an engine failing, pilots maneuvering commercial jets cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet  can glide an airplane 1.5 nautical miles per 1,000 feet of attitude. Wondering what this means? Basically, don’t worry if an engine blows out – the pilot’s got this.

No Engine No Problem

No Engine No Problem

In-Flight Blankets and Pillows

If a plastic wrapped blanket indicates to you that it’s clean, think again. Blankets, including used and vomit-stained ones, are repackaged in plastic to give the appearance of cleanliness, but they’ve actually never been laundered. If you’re intent on getting a pillow and blanket, schedule your flight for the morning or pack your own bedtime supplies.

In Flight Blankets And Pillows

In Flight Blankets And Pillows

Pet Travel

If you’re one of those people who just has to take their dog with them on a flight, rest easy knowing that flight crews are renowned for doing everything in their power to make sure you and your doggie are at ease. While some things like, startling loud noises can’t be avoided, the crew takes many factors into consideration when you bring your pet on board the flight.

Pet Travel

Pet Travel

Expensive Tickets

One of the biggest prohibitive factors of flying is the ticket cost! But why are they so expensive? There are baggage fees, flight fees, airport fees, and just about all the fees you can think of! Many people are not aware of the massive costs to turn a profit from a flight. If a flight is booked less than 85% capacity, the flight doesn’t turn a profit. This is why many flights are overbooked — to account for canceled passengers and canceled dollars.

Expensive Tickets

Expensive Tickets

The Flight Attendant Look

There was a time not too long ago that flight attendants’ weight, age, beauty, and makeup were regulated more than the airline industry itself! Today’s standards are a bit different. Airline hiring teams look for professionalism, good grooming skills, and friendliness over things like weight and age. There’s one physical feature they still look for: height. Some of those baggage cabinets are just too darn high!

The Flight Attendant Look

The Flight Attendant Look

How Long Can An Oxygen Mask Last?

If you’re caught in the middle of a flight and the oxygen levels drop, how long do you have before that oxygen mask gives out? It’s scary to think about, but it’s only fifteen minutes. Though, before you get too worried, in the event of an emergency, the pilot would bring the plane down to a safe altitude for breathing where the mask would be unnecessary.

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How Long Can An Oxygen Mask Last?

Crew Member Relationships

Pilot and flight attendant relationships are not as common as you think… actually, the opposite is true! Many crew members say they wouldn’t even dream of dating their colleagues. However, if the opportunity arose, would it be permitted? There’s no rule denying crew members from dating one another, but those who are together prefer to not work on the same flight as their partner.

Crew Member Relationships

Crew Member Relationships

Secret Code

There’s a secret password, and we can’t tell you what it is! That’s because only the flight attendants of your flights know the code. The crew uses pass codes, secret words, and bell sequences to convey messages. The codes might indicate anything from upcoming turbulence to sick passengers and even that passenger feeling a little too comfortable (and wants a turn to pilot the plane).

Secret Code

Secret Code

Price And Safety

You get what you pay for, and that means if you pay a low price you’ll have fewer safety regulations, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Safety regulations are standard on all flights, regardless of how much you paid for your ticket. The only things you get fewer of are leg room, seat selection, or extra baggage fees.

Price And Safety

Price And Safety

Safest Seats

Love sitting in the first few sections of the plane so that you can get off your flight quickly? That may cost you your life in the case of an accident. Crash analysts have studied where the safest part of the train is extensively and have determined that passengers in the back third of the plane sitting close to an exit and who have their seat belt fastened have the highest chance of survival. If you’re calling in to change your seat for your next flight, wait until you hear this: the safest part of the plane changes based on the type of crash.

Safest Seats

Safest Seats

Use Of Autopilot

If you’re a fan of the movie Airplane, it might shock you to know that the auto-pilot is not a blow up doll with a captain’s hat! Ok, you know we’re kidding. But autopilot really is a computer. Do Pilots use it? Absolutely! In fact, they use it for up to 90% of flight time. Pilots are responsible for takeoff and landing, but a computer is fit to do the rest.

Use Of Autopilot

Use Of Autopilot

Best Time To Fly

Evening flyers, be warned! According to flight attendants, the morning flights are the best flights because they are the most comfortable. They’re not comfortable because you get extra pillows and blankets, though. The weather is usually better in the mornings, and so there’s a lessened chance of turbulence to disturb the flight.

Best Time To Fly

Best Time To Fly

Too Much To Drink

If you have a few drinks in the air and some before take off, you’re in for a fun ride on the plane. Will the crew take action against you if you’re drunk? Not necessarily. While the crew does need to count the number of drinks you’ve had, they won’t monitor you beyond that if you remain jovial and pleasant. However, if your drunk self has a hint of belligerence, the pilot has the authority to handcuff you for the duration of the flight and when on the ground, a police officer will escort you to security, where you can serve up to two years in prison. Remember to drink responsibly!

Too Much To Drink

Too Much To Drink

Probation Period

If you’re thinking about being a flight attendant, be aware that you will be on a strict probation period the first six moths of the job. It’s not uncommon for flight attendants to be fired for the smallest things like wearing their uniform sweater tied around their waist! We have a juicy story for you too: one flight attendant lied about having passed the probation period so she could fly home gratis! Once they found out, she was let go. It’s not the most forgiving job field, either. When an attendant calls in sick, they are prohibited from flying on the flight they were supposed to work on and can’t even board any other airline as a passenger! They risk immediate termination if they break this rule.

Probation Period

Probation Period

Don’t Sneak A Deceased Person On The Flight

You’d think that this is a rule that most people would figure out, but that’s not the case. Some years ago, a few individuals experimented with the classic film Weekend at Bernie’s and tried to pretend someone deceased was still alive. In fact, this has happened in multiple flights. While some reasons remain unknown, transporting a dead body on a flight can cost around $5,000. If you’re short on cash, sneaking on a family member may be the best option for a family planning a funeral. One Miami passenger once tried to board with his deceased mother in his garment bag. Because of these slew of past instances of dead-serious behavior, flight attendants must always be aware of any deceased members of passengers, whether before the flight or during. In fact, Singapore Airlines has a storage space specially dedicated to anyone who passes on during the flight.

Dont Sneak A Deceased Person On The Flight

Don’t Sneak A Deceased Person On The Flight

Fighting Human Trafficking

Flight crews are among the first line of defense against human trafficking! This started with Sandra Fiorini, an American Airlines flight attendant who testified seeing an 18 year-old man with a newborn who still had its umbilical cord attached. The mother of the child was not present near the baby. Ever since that Congressional testimony, Sandra Fiorini was moved in 2007 to start working with Deborah Sigmund at a nonprofit called Innocents at Risk. Their goal is to train airline crews on the signs of human trafficking and how to handle the situation while preserving the safety of the child or teen at risk. In 2011, some crew members from an airline aided police at the Super Bowl shut down prostitution trafficking groups.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Fighting Human Trafficking

Perks Of Seniority

A flight attendant aspiring for those years of seniority isn’t just looking for the perks in choosing routes and days traveling. The truth is that having seniority as a flight member mean that they can choose if they want to sleep in the top or lower bunk, which floor their bed is on, the noise level of their bunk location, and whether they will be close to stairwells or not. You can tell the seniority of a female crew member by looking at her skirt length. After the six month probation period, they can shorten their skirt’s length.

Perks Of Seniority

Perks Of Seniority

You Never Felt Extreme Turbulence

Did you know that over 2 million people fly per day in America? The next time you’re shaking in your seat from turbulence, know this: only three people have died from turbulence since 1980! If you’re wondering if it was preventable, it totally was: they weren’t wearing their seat belts. There are only 300 serious turbulence injuries since the 80’s, and many of them were due to not having a fastened seat belt. Additionally, there’s a greater risk of items falling from overhead bins than the turbulence itself injuring you. For flight attendants, if things in overhead bins fall onto them, their company won’t consider it an on-duty injury unless the turbulence is considered extreme. That only happens when the pilot loses control of the aircraft or the airplane takes on structural damage.

You Never Felt Extreme Turbulence

You Never Felt Extreme Turbulence

Listen Up

Those instructions at the beginning of the flight are vital to making sure the flight takes off smoothly. Everything from the buckling reminders to securing your tray table are necessary to ensure a safe fight. The crew members are not just telling you for safety purposes. It’s illegal for passengers to ignore these safety protocols. By law, the plane can’t take off if a passenger chooses to not follow the instructions. The captain can decide if a passenger disobeying the rules will be taken off the flight and sent to police at the gate.

Listen Up

Listen Up

Remain Seated

Just like in any other industry, there are things passengers do that get under the crew’s skin. One of the biggest annoyances? When passengers race to exit the plane when it first touches the ground. This is a very inappropriate and unsafe thing to do, and it’s a really great way to get on the crew’s bad side. It’s always best to unbuckle when the plane is at the appropriate gate and of course, when the fasten seat belt sign is off. Safety first!

Remain Seated

Remain Seated

Wages

The media portrays the life of a flight attendant as glamorous, fun, and easy. Of course, the media does not portray occupations very accurately. While flight attendants do get to travel, the elite, rich lifestyle is not exactly true. While salary varies across companies, most salaries vary between $38,000 to $48,000 a year.

Wages

Wages

Private Flights Don’t Mean Better Passengers

A flight attendant who chooses private work will not necessarily have better behaved or friendlier passengers than those on commercial flights. Stefany DiManno Ceccato, founder of DMC Travel Tailor, talked about her experience as a flight attendant for private or corporate passengers. She said, “I once had a passenger stick his finger up his nose and pick it while I was asking him a question! He also happens to be a celebrity in the news right now for making advances at women in the film industry.”

Private Flights Dont Mean Better Passengers

Private Flights Don’t Mean Better Passengers

Tip or No Tip

While flight attendants can’t receive any tips on commercial flights, there is something you can do to show that you appreciated their service. Write a personal message to the airline that you flew with and mention the name of the flight attendant who went above and beyond. This method is proven to work, as many airlines offer incentives to individuals who get noticed for their fantastic customer service.

Tip Or No Tip

Tip Or No Tip

Real Purpose Of The Handles

The emergency door handles on the exit seem intriguing… but are they functional? Their actual purpose might surprise you. In the event of a passenger panic during an emergency situation, the crew holds the handles to avoid being trampled or pushed off the plane by passengers rushing to exit.

Real Purpose Of The Handles

Real Purpose Of The Handles

Crew Members Are Not Your Parent Or Teacher

It can be a little surprising, but some flight attendants have complained that passengers can become a bit childish and immature while flying. The type of passenger they are describing is the one who finds a crew member to tattle on other passengers! Actually, this annoys the crew because they have no desire to meddle in personal affairs.

Crew Members Are Not Your Parent Or Teacher

Crew Members Are Not Your Parent Or Teacher

Hands To Yourself

We can’t believe we have to remind some passengers of this one… please do not touch the flight attendants! As shocking as it is, some passengers think it’s socially acceptable to grab or poke the crew. Here’s a lesson in empathy: would you want to be poked by a stranger? No. Don’t poke strangers, including those you might be attracted to (even if they are your flight attendant). Remember, some of the crew knows martial arts. We’re sure they wouldn’t hesitate to use those skills after some unwanted touching.

Hands To Yourself

Hands To Yourself

Ashtrays

If smoking is illegal on flights, it’s puzzling to see ashtrays in plane bathrooms. Why wouldn’t they have uninstalled them years ago? Some flight attendant explained that, in the event that someone just needs their nicotine fix, they could use the ashtray to discard their cigarette versus the more dangerous option of trying to extinguish it in the trash.

Ashtrays

Ashtrays

Snacks Please!

Feeling hungry on your flight to New York? You might be pleased to know that the number of meals a passenger has is regulated, but you can have all the snacks you want! One crew member explained, “There’s not really a restriction on the amount of snacks a passenger can request, but it does depend on how you ask for them.”

Snacks Please

Snacks Please!

First Impressions

Looking good on your next flight can take you further than you think. Before you hunker down in those sweatpants and leave your hair undone, remember that the crew takes a good look at your appearance. If you are dressed well, you can get treated better by the crew. Flight attendant Steffanie Rivers said, “I first notice how passengers are dressed. Some people dress as if they made an effort to put forth a positive impression. Others look as if they grabbed clothes off the floor and ran out of the house.” However, it also works to acknowledge them when you board.

First Impressions

First Impressions

Intense Schedule

If you haven’t already gotten the idea, let us give you another reason why the life of a flight attendant is very difficult. They work long hours, many of which aren’t paid, and can take several trips in a day. A crew member explained, “We don’t have a working week, per se, but we can work up to eight days in a row if they’re all two-sector short haul routes. We can also work up to four flights a day, or operate two 15-hour flights in four days. Regulation is that we have 20 minutes of break every 12 hours.”

Intense Schedule

Intense Schedule

Opening The Door Mid-Flight

In an interview with Business Insider, flight attendant Annette Long said that trying to open a door during a flight is not only impossible, but will result in serious consequences for the passenger. They could be restrained for the duration of the flight, handcuffed until landing, or the pilot could make an emergency landing to transfer the passenger to the appropriate authorities. Long explained, “I don’t make those decisions. I convey the information to the cockpit and the chief flight attendant, and they make the decision about whether or not we’re going to land and get someone off the plane…Most of the pilots say to us, ‘If you’ve got a problem with them, I’ve got a problem with them,’ and they will back us up 100%.”

Opening The Door Mid Flight

Opening The Door Mid-Flight

Help With Bags

Most flight attendants will help you with your bags, but they’re not actually required to help. Some flight attendants explained to Business Insider that they’re only paid for flight time not boarding or deplaning. One said, “So for example, your duty day could actually be 12 hours, but you only get paid for six hours of work.” As if that wasn’t bad enough, if a friendly flight attendant was helping with a bag and got injured, their unions wouldn’t cover the damages or time off. So next time you over-pack your heavy bag, don’t expect anyone but a kind passenger to help you place it in the overhead bit.

Help With Bags

Help With Bags

Shades Up

Have you ever been annoyed when fight attendants ask you to open your window shades? Well, make sure you open them because flight attendant Annette Long said, “According to my training, the emergency-exit shades have to be up because flight attendants are required to assess the conditions outside before they open the door. If there’s fire, deep water, or rocks outside that exit, that would make it unsafe for us to go through there, and the flight attendant would have to make that determination fairly quickly.”

Shades Up

Shades Up

Standby Flight Attendants

Flying can be stressful, but there’s less to worry about if you’re flying from a major airline’s hub. Before every flight, all crew members let the airline know if they’re prepared for the flight in a “pre-flight check in.” If the flight attendant doesn’t show up for their shift, you are in luck! At an airline’s hub, there are standby flight attendants there to step in for this exact reason. These reserve flight attendants and crew members are sometimes waiting to be called from the crew lounge, and other times, they live close to the hub and are at home, waiting to be called in.

Standby Flight Attendants

Standby Flight Attendants

No BYOB

Long spoke to the drinking policy and said, “Some people will go to the local liquor store and bring their mini bottles of booze on the plane. We always know who you are. We always find it… You can’t serve yourself. We need to know how much you’ve had to drink so we’re not over-serving you, because the higher you fly and the longer you go, the more the alcohol affects your brain.” Who knew that one!

No BYOB

No BYOB

Can You Hold It?

For the sake of everyone on the plane, please try and use the restroom before boarding the flight. If a passenger uses the airplane restroom before takeoff, the crew is required to alert flight deck. By law, pilots cannot start takeoff if the bathroom is occupied. Robert Bingochea, a flight attendant explained, “Once the aircraft starts moving, there’s always the fear of someone falling down, and we’re in that position of liability if we don’t let the captain know.”

Can You Hold It@

Can You Hold It?

Better Service In Back

A flight attendant, Annie Kingston, commented on where the best plane service is: “While most passengers tend to choose seats that are at the front of the aircraft, so that they can disembark first and have a better chance of securing their preferred meal option, flight attendants know that if you’re sitting towards the back, you’ll receive the most attentive service. The reason is simple: We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way. This can cause a problem since planes often don’t have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule. For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.”

Better Service In Back

Better Service In Back

Oxygen Masks

Nothing is more anxiety-provoking than the oxygen mask demo at the beginning of every flight. Well, there’s one thing. Flight attendants have admitted that some of the masks have been in the storage compartments for so long that in the event of an emergency, they may not actually pop out. Wondering about why you should secure your own mask before securing younger loved ones? The high altitude might cause you to pass out, and an unconscious adult seated next to a child is not exactly the type of situation the crew looks forward to.

Oxygen Masks

Oxygen Masks

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