While we all have pet peeves when it comes to our fellow flight passengers, flight attendants also have their own set of hates about us that we may not be aware of. Here, in no particular order, we enumerate five things on what our FA friends wish we knew before flying.
- There’s no way you can sneak into business class.
You might slip through the curtain, sink into the back row seat, and think that no one noticed it—well, think again! Flight crews have passenger list that shows exactly who is sitting where. If you asked for an upgrade and you’re granted, that’s fine; but otherwise, don’t take something you have not paid for—or else you’ll have to do the walk of shame as you march back to your designated seat.
- Use the passenger call button only when necessary.
And by necessary, it means medical-treatment level. Press the button only when needed, but don’t treat it as if it’s a servant bell. Unless you feel nauseous or for some reason you accidentally cut yourself, give the bell—and the crew—a break from constant “ding ding”.
- The safety regulations are for your own good.
Maybe you didn’t have enough sleep, feel cranky, or just stubborn, but the main reason why cabin crews exist is to ensure your safety. Asking you to put your seatbelt on, your seat in upright position, and your bags underneath your seat isn’t about being bossy or playing tricks on you—it is for your own good.
- Wastes are for bins, not for crews.
Do not hand your dirty napkins or bag of vomit to the flight attendants, unless you’re disabled. Remember that flight crews also handle your food—do you really want to risk cross-contamination by handing wastes to them?
- Avoid stacking items on the food tray.
Perhaps, you’re thinking that it’s helpful to stack food containers on top of one another when you have finished your meal—but you’re not. The food tray will not fit back in the trolley until the attendant has undone your pile. Just leave it as is—it’s more convenient for both parties.
Considering how frequently they are up in the air, flight attendants know exactly how inconvenient it is to travel and do things with very limited space and resources. While FAs are there to assist you and make travelling more convenient for you, they aren’t slaves and deserve to be treated right.