Life as a flight attendant may have its perks. If there is one aspect of their job that makes it a challenge – it would be the passengers, and even as a passenger, you can notice how obnoxious another passenger can be. Flight attendants are onboard to ensure a comfortable flight experience for their passengers and that everyone adheres and acknowledges the safety protocols. When it comes to dealing with passengers, they have to choose their battles.
In a Vice video called, “How to Treat Flight Attendants, According to Flight Attendants,” four veteran flight attendants shared inflight etiquette (and general life etiquette) to take into consideration when flying on a plane.
The video opens with a flight attendant announcing: “Dealing with passengers on an airplane is like dealing with meth addicts ’cause they’re out of control,” which pretty much sets the tone for the video. If there is one thing that passengers should take away from this video, let it be: JUST BE NICE.
What to do
- Do say hello
- Do know where you’re sitting
- Do have everything you need for the journey prepared
- Do pay attention when your flight attendant walks by with the drink or food cart, and ESPECIALLY during safety demonstrations
- Do take off your headphones during the safety demos
“The least you can do is shut the f— up,” said one flight attendant.
What NOT to do
- Don’t ever touch your flight attendant to get their attention
- Don’t be inappropriate
- Don’t walk into the bathroom without shoes or socks
- Don’t take photos of your flight attendant
- Don’t take your clothes off
One flight attendant in the video wants us to remember to “Wear your shoes, flush, wash your hands.” That should go without saying, but you’ll be surprised how many passengers walk around barefoot.
As a reminder, don’t forget that flight attendants are also human. If you have “the customer is always right” mentality and assume all your questions and demands will be met, you’re wrong. Flight attendants have a hundred other passengers to tend to so they can’t make your Manhattans or stir your drinks, hold the plane for you, make the plane go faster, etc.
And if you ever ask your flight attendant, “Do you know where we are?” They don’t. They’re too busy getting your drink order.
One flight attendant responded, “Don’t ask us where we are on the flight…A lake. That’s a lake right there…and that’s where we are. Eat your nuts.”
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