Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Be Nice To Your Flight Attendant ( It Could Be ME)!

Many of you may be traveling this week for a race- cation so I thought this was a perfect time to give you all a little reminder about being nice to your friendly flight attendant ( because it might be me)!

1. Do not state the obvious.  We know when the plane is too hot or too cold. That's why you should always bring a sweater when the air is too cold.  Also lowering the window shades help when it's hot. The plane has a greenhouse effect. When the sun is beating in through the window of course it’s going to be hot.

2. We have no control of the weather! It is not our fault that we get delayed or have a maintenance issue.

3. We are on the plane with you so therefore we have no information about your connecting flights. We do not have an imaginary computer to look to see if flights are on time or delayed. Do not ask if the captain can call ahead to say you are coming.

4. When boarding do not ask if it is a full flight or if the boarding process has been completed when we walk down the aisle just so you can move to an empty row. You will know when the boarding process is complete when there are no more passengers boarding the flight.

5. After boarding, stow your luggage as quickly as possible and sit down. You don't want to be the one holding up the boarding process because you need to get things out of your bag.

6. Respect the seatbelt sign. We know that it may stay on for longer than what it should, but there is usually a reason, so please ask before you just decide to get up. Do not get up during the beverage service!

7. When asked if you like a beverage, say what you would like,” not what do you have?” It's easier to say that we don't have it then saying every option we do have.

8. During the beverage service let the flight attendant know if you do not want ice before they start to pour your drink. If you don't say anything we usually put ice in it automatically. Don't be afraid to ask for the whole can. It usually is not a problem.

7. Follow the portable electronic devices rule. Now we all know that a plane is not going to go down because a cell phone is on, but it is still the rule, so be respectful and follow it. So when you hear the announcement to turn them off...do it!

8. Flight attendants are there for your comfort but more importantly for your safety.  Please know there are many circumstances that are out of their control, so don't take it out on them. As long as you show respect you will receive respect.

So remember, the next time you step on the plane for your next race –cation or vacation, always be nice to your flight attendant, it could be me!
                                                              Have a safe flight everyone!


  1. Great tips! I am constantly amazed at how some people treat the flight attendants and what they expect them to know/and or/do We lived overseas for 5 years and I got to know the crew on my Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Boston. They could tell some pretty good stories, especially having passengers onboard for a long time!

  2. Here here! I don't know how y'all do it between the nastiness and the flying. I hate flying in general and I think turbulence over the Rockies in April set me back a bit. I was a nervous wreck on my last flight.

  3. Great tips! I hate when people are rude to flight attendants.

  4. Love this! Can't there be a rule to always have your window shade down? Drives me insane, especially when it's sunny and in my eyes. But I love the aisle seat too much, so I'll just deal. Safe travels!

  5. I love this! My Dad used to work for an airline and he told me a lot of these before because he said attendants get asked so many of the same questions over and over again on flights. I's drive me nuts!

    Kate @ fattofitgeek.com

  6. Fantastic tips! I really wish people would respect flight attendants more; I feel so bad for the ones who have to deal with stupid issues!

    Also, that is really neat you are a flight attendant :) No wonder you get to visit so many awesome places!

  7. I cannot believe people still ask these stupid questions, smh. Kudos to you, I could never ever deal with answering this same stuff every day!

  8. This is too cool!! If you see red runDisney shoes, say hi...it might be me! :D

  9. Thanks for the great tips and reminders.

  10. People crack me up. I worked at the reservation center and then customer service for United for a couple of years. It always made me laugh when someone would call and say they were on their way and could we hold the plane for them.