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Flight Attendant’s Hotel Tik Tok Tips Go Viral

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A flight attendant is finding new fame online, after her Tik Tok video on how to navigate hotels like a pro went viral. Kat Kamalani shared her best advice on the social media network, garnering her over 800,000 likes, 8,900 shares and over 8,000 comments.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tik Tok has been a source of entertainment and political activism for millions of Americans. But can this social media platform teach, illuminate and even inspire? When one flight attendant put her top hotel safety tips online, over four million viewers listened.

Top Tips Include Not Repeating Room Numbers, and Keep Bags Off The Bed

Flight attendant Kat Kalamani posted a short video posting her top tips to keep safe and secure on the road, including how to check for bedbugs and why you should never put your suitcase on the bed. After posting her short video on Aug. 9, 2020, it quickly spread across the internet – garnering over four million views, 879,000 likes, and over 8,000 comments.


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Her safety tips include not saying the room number out loud to help ensure people don’t know where you are staying. Moreover, she encourages guests to check every corner of the room for interlopers, and don’t enter your room if someone is following behind you.

Once in the room, lock both locks and check the mattress for evidence of bedbugs. Seams and corners are the best place to look for pests. She also recommends to use the provided suitcase stand, because “it’s been through the airport and it’s disgusting.” On the bed itself, Kalamani says to always pull off the top layer and decorative pillows because “they never get washed,” and ice buckets can double as a mini-fridge.

Top Tips Come as Hotels Adapt to COVID-19

Although Kalamani’s tips are good advice, they carry extra weight as travelers start to take to the roads again and start staying in hotels. A recent survey by American Express showed travelers are traveling more by road than by air, and are once again staying at hotels.

As the pandemic continues, lodging industry associations are encouraging hotels to take more precautions in light of COVID-19. This includes using face masks at all times, mandating social distancing in public areas, and regular hotel room cleaning. In addition, industry research shows guests want their hotels to provide more information on what amenities are available, and how the property is responding to the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

Overall, studies suggest staying in hotel rooms provide a lower risk to travelers than flying on aircraft. According to the Texas Medical Association, staying in a hotel room provides a “moderately-low” threat of catching COVID-19.

JW6130 August 20, 2020

Never put your bag on the bed, because if the bed has bedbugs, they will hitch a ride home with your bag. Keep your things away from the bed, couch, and drawers, and you'll minimize the risk of bringing special guests home with you.

radonc1 August 18, 2020

Bag on bed was a new one for me. However, given that I only do it with a room having 2 beds, I am not sleeping on the bed with the bag ;) Otherwise, common sense but really, how many perps hide in a locked room that is unoccupied?? And I presume you do the search prior to securing the door???

rylan August 17, 2020

Well, this is probably one of the most 'intelligent' things that anyone has posted on tik tok... which should be a good example of why that social media site has zero value :p

ranles August 16, 2020

I expected more. AT least something about co-vid. Part of why it went viral may be expectations?

thefareguru August 14, 2020

To mhrb... so was your comment!