Everyone has little pet peeves in their job, and flight attendants are no different. There are some things that tweak them as much as fingernails on a chalkboard. To make sure you have the best flight possible, you may want to avoid the below list.
“What do you have to drink?”
This is such a simple question, and flight attendants are happy to answer you. He or she will gladly recite the list of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, ginger ale, tonic water, apple juice, orange juice, tomato juice, Bloody Mary mix, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, coffee, and tea. The tweak happens when you then say, “I’ll have water.” Not the best way to make a good impression on your flight attendant!
“He took my overhead bin.”
While you may have seat 15B, that doesn’t mean you have the overhead space right over that seat. Typically, there are anywhere from two to seven seats in a row. The folks at 15A, 15C, 15D, etc. also want a spot for their carry-on bags. You may have to go back a row or up a row to find a spot near you. Your seat is assigned, but your overhead bin is not.
“What do I do with this luggage?”
If your bag is too heavy for you to stow overhead, it is probably too heavy for your flight attendant, too. He /she will be happy to assist you, but that doesn’t mean you should let go of your bag midair. Many flight attendants are injured from helping with bags. You have to remember that they work many flights per day with hundreds of passengers. Just think how difficult it would be to stow bags for all those people.
“I’d really like something different to eat.”
If you’re lucky enough to be offered a snack, or even better, a meal, take it and say thank you. There really isn’t a cook-to-order kitchen on the plane, and flight attendants cannot just go whip up something different. Back in the good old days, you may have had some options, but in today’s travel, it’s just not the case.
“You must have a boyfriend in every city.”
This one is pretty laughable. The long, glorious layovers (with drop-dead gorgeous people) that you see in the movies are far from the reality of a crewmember’s life. These days, the days are so long, most folks simply want to get some sleep once they reach their layover destination. Not to mention the fact that most flight attendants are in their 40s with spouses and children waiting for them at home.
“Do you have any diapers?”
Why would any parent with a little one travel without diapers? This little necessity is usually not stocked on airplanes. If you get a really creative flight attendant, he/she may be able to create one out of cocktail napkins and tape. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long flight. Just a hint for parents: Figure out how many diapers you’ll need for the flight, and then double that amount!
“Where is the toy box?”
I was actually once asked this! Unfortunately, there is no toy box onboard, so parents need to bring some items to occupy Junior. Items without lots of bells and whistles work great. As much as flight attendants might love to play with your child for several hours, the other 200-plus passengers may not like it very much.
“Why can’t you move the cart?”
Those beverage carts really are heavy and aren’t so easy to maneuver. Once they are out in the aisle, there is little room for them to go except forward or back. Flight attendants do not intentionally block you from using the restroom, but walking right behind them down the aisle won’t get you there any quicker. Everyone realizes that emergencies come up, but if possible, plan your trip to the lavatory before the service begins or after the carts are out of the aisle.
These are just a few tips to make your trip go smoother. However, the best tip is to smile and say thanks to your crews. A little kindness goes a long way for these hardworking people!
Renee Silverfield has spent 15 years as a flight attendant and more than 20 years in the aviation industry.
Follow the steps given above and enjoy the flight without any hurdles and hassles as the duration can be delirious where many people have been found to complain about breathlessness and nausea after attaining a great height. So planning out in advance is an added advantage as last minute flights do not allow you to make any preparations and are only preferable by lazy bums who are quite allergic to physical labor.