Limited leg room, uncomfortable seats, and annoying fellow passengers on flights tend to bring out the worst in even the best of us. We may feel comfortable enough to complain but flight attendants are the ones who are forced to hide their disdain behind sunny smiles; and sometimes, forced to literally pick up after us.
Some would say, “Well it’s their job, they’re in the business of serving people!” But, how would you react if someone walked into your office without saying hello, rudely demanded a drink, took off their shoes, and placed their feet on your desk?
You may love your job but I’m pretty sure there’s something that gets under your skin. Business Insider and FashionBeans interviewed a number of flight attendants and here are a few things they want you to stop doing immediately.
Move your feet. Please!
There’s a hilarious Instagram account called Passenger Shaming that documents the shenanigans of passengers. Most of the photos show passengers getting way too comfortable.
Flight attendants want you to stop putting your feet on walls and on other passengers’ seats. This is not contortion 101 or your kitchen table. And oh, on the subject of feet, they (and by “they” I mean the whole world) also want you to stop clipping your toes mid-flight.
Act like an adult, think like an adult
I’ve seen grown men and women throwing temper tantrums on flights for the pettiest reasons. Once on social media, a man was filmed screaming at the top of his lungs because his beverage wasn’t hot enough.
Flight attendants also want you to use your lips to get their attention. No touching. Sexual or otherwise. Keep your hand to yourself. One said, “I have been poked, prodded, and tugged on too many times to remember.”
The Mile-High club
So, what are your thoughts about sex on the plane? Flight attendant: “How would you feel if I did the nasty in your office chair.”
If you insist on joining the mile-high club, flight attendants want you to know that it makes them really uncomfortable because they see everything. “Seriously, it’s not rocket science: the bathroom is designed for one person, so when two people, no matter how discreetly they move in that direction, we know.”
Watch it. I handle your food
Make it a point to respond to the flight attendant’s greeting. It doesn’t hurt to be kind and polite. “I wish passengers would acknowledge the crew when they board.”
There’s a simple rule to follow: never mess with people who handle your food. That’s a war you won’t win. Flight attendants are not servants. They are simply professionals in the hospitality business. Be respectful, polite, and refrain from being dismissive.
Listen to the announcements
“There is literally an announcement telling you where to find the menu. We have 100 drinks if you count alcohol, and you want me to list it? While 200 other people wait for their drinks?”