Cabin Crew's understandable hates - & your e mails
Flight attendant shares common thing said on plane that could 'land you in a police cell.'
WE get a lot of cabin crew stay here and share many wisdoms of the job with us and many of the things flight attendants hate the most, which includes very common questions passengers ask their crew during a flight. Dan listed the "things you should never say to your cabin crew".
'Where are we now ?'
"Sorry but my built-in GPS isn't working at the moment, that's what the moving map is for on the back of the seat in front of you - at head height, you cannot miss it.'
"I know the Captain's public announcement is pretty dull, but if you'd bothered to listen you would have heard him tell you, in every minute little detail, the exact route we have taken to get here and where we're off to next."
I have a bomb
Dan said: "Surely no one would ever be that stupid to say this on an aeroplane. Wrong! It actually happens more often than you think. "Not funny at all. Not only will it get you into trouble with the crew and fellow passengers, but it could also land you in a police cell."
Checking your bags inside the plane. Dan explained why this is "one of the biggest pet peeves for crew around the world".
"It's quite simple: You bring it you sling it. You pack it you stack it. You tow it, you stow it.
"If you've decided not to check your bag in then you better be damn sure you can actually lift it into the overhead locker yourself. Believe it or not, it's not our job to lift your bag for you.
"If we lifted every bag that we were asked to we'd end up like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and will you pay the bills if we hurt ourselves? Didn't think so."
The flight attendant said: "To be frank, I don't care whether the crew on the last flight let you smoke in the toilet and start a conga line up and down the aisles all flight - It's not happening on my flight.
"You might find our rules and regulations silly and annoying, but by enforcing them we're just doing our job so please let us get on with it."
Can I stand here for a while?
Dan simply said: "No, you can't.
"If you even need to ask that question then the answer will always be no.
"The galley is not a place where you should loiter. Not only is it our work space but it's also our rest area." ?
"Sorry but you've got to have the money honey, if we'd wanted to upgrade you we would have by now.
"Stop asking. It won't happen," he said.
"And no, there is nothing else to eat. This is an Airbus, not Asda."
What do you have?
"Every. Single. Day.
"Would you ask the waiter in a restaurant to list every single item they serve... no! Not only is there a brochure or magazine in your seat pocket, but we've also made an announcement detailing the products we have.
"Asking when we get to you, holds up other people who are still waiting and it's very tiring having to repeat yourself all day. Believe it or not, there are other people on this plane besides yourself."
When asked to choose what cabin crew hate the most, Dan explained: "Each of those wind me up, to be honest. The 'can you put my bag up for me' is a big pet peeve for most cabin crew.
"It's not that we don't want to help you. It's just that if you can't lift it yourself then you really shouldn't have brought it on board.
"However, my most hated one has to be 'you're just a waiter/waitress in the sky' because we are so much more than that.
Thankfully today flying is much safer than it used to be. Therefore our first aid and emergency skills are highlighted less than they used to be. But that's not to say that we still don't use them.
"This was highlighted only recently by the Philippine Airlines crew who helped a mother give birth mid-flight," he explained.
One Cabin crew friend stated that a women refused to talk or even listen to him because she didn't deal with servants, and he retorted that she damned well will listen to him if the plane has to make an emergency landing, and that shut her up.
The rudeness and abuse aimed at cabin crew is shocking, and I even have a friend whop went to jail for 6 months for Cabin Rage after his mental health kicked in while midflight and he went into a full on panic attack and tried opening to planes door. Dumb shit - was handcuffed and arrested on arrival and although mental health, too many drugs and booze added to it and he was sent down for 6 months.
Personally - I have nothing but respect for cabin crew as it is a damned hard job, made worse by having to serve plebeians who think cabin crew are there to serve them like a servant - when the truth is they are not - they are there to protect you if anything goes wrong - THAT is their prime order of business - and they go through horrendous training in smoke filled tunnels with masks on their faces in pitch blackness, and it is NOT all about Chicken or Beef at all.
So the next time you take a flight anywhere, and ESPECIALLY if you are in the cheap seats - do not assume you are anyone or anything special as you are not. You are just another bum on a seat going someplace they have probably just come from and have been to dozens of times before and it is just another day at work for them. So stop being the asshole. Stop being a cunt. be nice. Enjoy your flight and say a big THANK YOU to the cabin crew as you leave and SAY SOMETHING NICE.
They have the power to ground the plane and have you taken off and arrested.
They have the power to get you banned from the airline and all airlines if you misbehave.
They have the power to have the police waiting for you on arrival.
Be respectful and be nice.