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What is the dark side of being an air hostess in India?

We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, “What is the dark side of being an air hostess in India?”

Well I have 4 of my sisters currently flying in the Indian Aviation companies and my mother was an ex-cabin crew. All my life I have heard loads of stories and the irritation coming right out. I guess I could qualify to answer this:

  1. Body clock – As Som rightly mentioned the body clock is disturbed majorly. I have seen my sister doing an early morning departure coming back home and going back again with a minimum rest(Usually 11 to 12 hours DGCA Approved). Also they are rosterred in such a way that they are flying six days a week with no fixed off also their timing change from flight to flight. But a lot of airlines are considerate enough to give enough rest time after a long international flight to get over the jet lag.
  2. Whiny Travellers – Again a point well raised by Som. To add to this even creepy passengers. Usually they get such passengers twice a week. Passengers ogling having one too many drinks acting too smart. Usually the ideology behind the duty of a cabin crew is totally misunderstood. They are treated as a low class servant/waitress/waiter. The primary duty of a cabin crew is not serving food and alcohol and entertainment of passenger, it is 110% safety and security of the passengers as well as the flight. There are robust examinations and regular refreshers for the same. So next time as passengers be more considerate rather than acting bossy.
  3. Family emergencies are usually taken care of which is not really a problem. But seasonal vacation when it is a peak season for travel like Diwali, summer holidays, Christmas etc. are a problem for the crew as they are usually on a flight on these days unless rosterred off. They are given birthday offs though.
  4. The pay is pretty decent compared to an average fresher in India but far lesser than the things that are coping up with. Pilots are well taken care of when it comes to pay in India.
  5. Yes indeed energy is one aspect where one can never let reduce be it bad passengers, scary weather etc. It is like what my very close friend mentions. It is all about putting up a show for a couple of hours after that you are back to your life.
  6. Health wise there are major set backs. Because of lack of sleep, untimely food, less consumption of water (leading to kidney stones my mother has those), loss of memory (Btw a cabin crew cannot be a legal witness as per the law, due to cabin pressure and altitude they tend to have a bad memory), fluctuation in weight.
  7. Bad fellow crew members, probably this happens more often than bad passengers. Team members acting lazy, unruly, dumbfound, careless, in panic, bossy, least bothered, etc. This is a regular the stories I have heard. Its like “If one crew member doesn’t do his/her job properly the whole team fails”, what a cabin crew friend of mine had said. In India usually people from certain areas of the country act more in the said manner. So usually the stereotypes come out.
  8. Emergency / death on board this would be a global thing but still is one of the dark side on the Cabin crew life. If during an emergency / death on board happens the Cabin crew in-charge as well as the first crew assisting needs to write a huge essay about it also needs to answer a panel with questions let alone the amount of CPR + defibrillator and seeing the person passing away right in front of you. Trust me the stories I have heard, no one would want to be in such a situation. Usually the cabin crew is debriefed and asked to take a week off to recover mentally/emotionally.
  9. Treatment by friends. Usually it gets annoying for them to answer all their friends. “No I can’t give you free tickets”, “No I don’t earn lakhs of Rupees a month”, and blocking the numerous friend request on social media. I have read the messages sent by randomest people to my sister, some of the funniest and worst English (more like hinglish).

All in All every career has a dark side but it is one of the most prestigious ones in India.

Note to Travellers : Next time you travel by any of the airlines even though you have shelled out a huge sum for that last minute ticket or booked prior to get a cheaper one, please treat the air hostesses and crew properly, you don’t own them. If they are smiling at you the least you could do is smile back and wish them a Good day. Try to be a part of their happy stories which they come back and tell their brother/sisters/parents/partners/friends.

12 Shocking Secrets From a First Class Emirates Airline Flight Attendant

The strict hair and makeup guidelines that cabin crew members follow are pretty mind blowing.

I’ve always been fascinated by flight attendants. Every time I board a plane, I find myself wondering things like: Do they have to wear their hair and makeup like that—or did they choose to? What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever experienced on a flight? What do they really think of passengers who order one too many cocktails?

But there is nothing more intriguing, at least to me, than the chosen few who work in First Class for Emirates, the glamorous Gulf carrier that charges five figures (and up) for its spacious private “suites.” When passengers expect a level of service that’s on par with a five-star hotel, cabin crew members are required to double as sommeliers, concierges, fine dining experts, and more.

So, what’s it like to be one? I asked Joanna Collins, a UK-born, Dubai-based flight attendant who’s been with the airline for six years (two in economy, two in business, and two in first). She joined Emirates immediately after graduating from the University of Leeds, and says that although it’s rewarding, the job is far more grueling than people think.

Here are the most mind boggling things I learned from Collins about working for the elite section of one of the world’s top airlines.

1. They know a lot about you before you even board the plane.

“We have a briefing and a team talk before each flight, where we’ll review the customers who are traveling with us, including any VIPs. We get their names and have information about them stored in on-board tablets.”

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2. They take notes about their guests during the flight.

“We use these on-board tablets to record details about the passengers: their hobbies, their dietary requirements, what they like to drink and eat, where they’re going to or coming from, whether they’ll be tired on their next leg. That information gets saved and passed on to the next crew that serves them.”

3. There’s an “Imaging and Grooming Department” that provides guidelines on nail color, lip color, and eye shadow.

“Emirates likes to keep uniformity. Your nails can be nude, light pink, or you can have a French manicure. We also have different variations of red nail polish that are outlined by the Imaging and Grooming Department. An ‘Emirates red’ lipstick with lip liner is required. We like to use Mac’s Russian Red because it stays for a long time. Eyeshadow can either be black or beige, and liquid eyeliner is recommended.”

4. Hairstyles are even closely regulated.

“We can have a French twist or a bun with a red scrunchie. The red scrunchie is optional. I usually make my bun with one of those ‘hair donuts.'”

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5. They take classes on makeup and skincare.

“Some girls know a lot about makeup and hair, and some go for a more natural look. We have classes that teach you how to do your makeup and care for your skin.”

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6. Rules about jewelry are equally as strict.

“We can either wear pearl earrings or studs that are diamond or crystal. Necklaces aren’t allowed. Watches are fine, but they have to be plain and simple.”

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7. You can spot the chief flight attendant—also known as the purser—based on his or her uniform.

“Our standard uniform is the skirt and white shirt with a jacket, hat, and scarf. Every crew member dresses the same, except for the purser who wears a brown color.”

8. When a crew member gets promoted from economy to business or first class, the training is rigorous.

“It’s quite a dramatic change, especially when it comes to dining. In economy there’s just one tray; in First Class, we have ‘silver service’ dining, so appetizers, main courses, and desserts are all served at different times, and customers can ‘dine on demand’ whenever they want. We’re taught all the etiquette about cutlery and the different plates used for each course.”

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9. They’re even required to take a wine education course.

“When you’re serving things like Dom Perignon and Bordeaux, you need to have a thorough understanding of what you’re pouring. We need to know the difference between old world and new world wines, as well as champagnes, bourbons, whiskeys, and other spirits.”

10. They change their uniforms after take-off.

“In the airport and during the boarding process we wear heels, but we can change into red flats after take-off. Some girls prefer not to, but I couldn’t be in heels for a 16-hour flight. After take-off we switch to ‘service attire’—we remove the jacket and add a waist coat.”

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11. They receive bizarre requests—but not as often as you’d think.

“I haven’t had many in my time at Emirates, but I did have a couple ask if they could use a crew cart to rock their baby to sleep. I told her that I would love to help but it unfortunately wouldn’t fit our safety procedures.”

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12. Crew members often work together for a single flight, and then never see each other again.

“There are always fresh faces. Occasionally you’ll go into the briefing room before the flight and recognize someone you flew with one time last year, but not often.”

Flight attendant speaks out about sexual flings with passengers

THE stewardess is tired of people stereotyping her because of her job title.

A flight attendant has given her brutally honest opinion on sleeping with plane passengers.

Kara, who blogs at The Flight Attendant Life, revealed what stewardesses really think about joining the mile high club.

While many fantasise about having an affair with the airline workers, the reality is that hostesses don’t want casual flings.

Kara confessed that many people judge her over her job title.

In a candid post, she urged men to stop thinking of her as a sexual conquest.

She said: “I am a flight attendant, but the phrase ‘flight attendant’ is NOT, and should NOT, and never will be synonymous with the terms ‘s***’, ‘heartless’, ‘emotionally detached’, or ‘robot soul’.

“Please stop pegging ‘flight attendant’ as the ideal for a no strings conquest.”

While she is happy to fulfil her duties as a hostess, Kara revealed that she should not be underestimated.

The stewardess revealed the difficulty in getting into the profession and reminded her readers of the professionalism involved with the job role.

She remarked: “To me, a flight attendant is an unstoppable force with ideas, ambition, goals, and self-respect; displaying a poise, persistence and an unmatched capacity to care.”

Finally, the attendant dispelled the stereotype that cabin crew focus purely on casual flings while they’re travelling..

Kara admitted to longing for a reliable partner to come home to.She said: “Do you know what I crave? I crave a man who has the courage to show up, live up and arrive at our relationship intentionally day after day.

“Whether I’m in this city or that city. Whether it happens to be a good day for us or a bad day for us.

“I crave someone just willing to say, ‘It’s us, Babe. It’s us.’ It’s so simple, really. Casual complicates everything.”

This isn’t the first time that Kara’s posts have informed the public about what the life of an air hostess is really like.

As she has worked in the industry for eight years, many engage with her expert posts.

Recently, she revealed 

Insider Series: How Do Airline, Flight Attendants Get Their Routes?

Our TPG Insider Flight Attendant Carrie A. Trey delves back into life at 35,000 feet, this time explaining how exactly flight attendants’ hectic schedules work, and what goes into putting them together.

Our TPG Insider Flight Attendant Carrie A. Trey delves back into life at 35,000 feet, this time explaining how exactly flight attendants’ hectic schedules work, and what goes into putting them together.

Hey there, friendly flight attendant — is this your regular route? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Hey there, friendly flight attendant — is this your regular route? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

“Is this your route?”

If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question, I would definitely be doing something other than writing this article right now. (Like, say, sipping Ruinart Champagne on Necker Island after I bought it from Sir Richard Branson.) Instead, I’m here to save you from asking that question, because 99.9% of the time, the answer is “no.” Though they may fly one route a lot, flight attendants are not assigned to specific routes.

Now I imagine that some of you are now thinking, “My friend Trina flies for XYZ Airlines and she says she only flies to Tokyo on Tuesdays.” And yes, that’s possible — but allow me to explain how bidding works, how schedules are awarded and why that still is not “her route.”

Many European carriers have crews based in Asia and India, and sometimes South America. They’re local crews who fill in one to two positions on the trip so that there will be attendants onboard who can communicate easily with foreign-language speakers. For example, Virgin Atlantic had a Hong Kong (HKG) crew base that often took over several positions on their HKG-Sydney (SYD) route; these same HKG-based flight attendants would also sometimes go to London Heathrow (LHR), Shanghai (PVG), Tokyo-Narita (NRT) or even North America. In other words, even though they mostly flew HKG-SYD, they did have other trips as well, and no one flight attendant was dedicated to just one route.

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A flight attendant’s routes are generally based on a combination of bidding and seniority and aren’t guaranteed. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Fortunately, the United States being the cultural melting pot that it is, airlines here have little use for foreign bases because it’s easier to source multi-lingual crew within the country. American Airlines has bases in South America, and Delta in Asia, but it’s not for a lack of US-based staff who speak other languages. (Delta inherited those bases from NorthWest in their merger and is actually closing them down in favor of flying with all US-based crews.) At United (sub-Continental or sCO), for instance, if you’re qualified as a speaker of German, you can be based in Newark (EWR) or Houston (IAH) and you’ll fly mostly to German-speaking destinations; however, you’ll still have the opportunity to pick up trips to other places.

Bidding works a few different ways. There is line-bidding, which is still done at American Airlines, Southwest and United (sCO). Flight attendants bid for a pre-assembled line of trips, which are then awarded in seniority order. So a flight attendant flying out of American’s domestic base at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) might have trips for all of April that are essentially the same: DFW-Chicago (ORD)-Los Angeles (LAX) on day one, LAX-New York-JFK on day two, and JFK-Miami (MIA)-DFW on day three. So all month long, that flight attendant could potentially be working the same flights. However, what you can hold every month does change, and flight attendants also have the flexibility to trade trips amongst themselves.

Out of the EWR international base, a line might be EWR-PVG every Tuesday of the month, returning on Thursday — as you’ll see on line 9 on the United Airlines bid packet pictured below. So an attendant could potentially be flying the same trip for a month. However, what an attendant can hold each month depends on seniority and changes constantly, as colleagues take vacation or head out on leaves — and some folks just enjoy bidding for different things every month. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

An example of lines in a UA (sCO) bid packet.
An example of lines in a United Airlines (sub-Continental, or sCO) bid packet.

In other words, that flight attendant pal of yours who flies Tokyo on Tuesdays may well be flying that route this month, but if her friend from training who is one number senior decides next month that she wants Tokyo, the company will award it to the senior and your friend Trina will have to fly somewhere else.

Also, in case of irregular operations (e.g., weather, delays, mechanical issues — all the things that we hate to think about but we know happen all too often), scheduling might shuffle crews around if need be. Most US airlines are fairly liberal about letting their crews swap trips amongst themselves, so the line you’re awarded at the beginning of the month may not be at all reflective of what you’ll actually end up flying.

At Southwest, as you can see in the example of a bid packet below, you might have a trip every Monday (as in line 397), but the layovers and legs flown will likely all be different.

An example of lines in a Southwest bid packet.
An example of lines in a Southwest bid packet.

Another system is called the Preferential Bidding System (PBS). This is a more popular system than line-bidding, as it provides more benefit to the company by leaving fewer trips uncovered. Delta, JetBlue and Air Canada use this system, as do most airlines in Europe and Asia. PBS allows flight attendants to input a series of requests, then does its best to adhere to those requests when awarding schedules, honoring them in seniority order. This system is bound by certain built-in constraints, such as a schedule value (that is, how much the airline needs each flight attendant to work in order to cover the entire operation), language qualifications, etc. Some airlines award schedules once a month, and some (like KLM) award them on a rolling basis.

Regardless of how bids are made, a lot goes into building a schedule. There are minimum time-off restrictions based on the length of a trip flown, minimum days off, and in Europe, flight attendants aren’t allowed to work more than 900 hours a year. (There are similar restrictions in place in the United States for pilots, but nothing is officially on the books for flight attendants.)

At Cathay Pacific, for instance, crews are only allowed to fly two trans-polar trips a month, in order to reduce crews’ exposure to harmful radiation. At KLM, the length of a trip dictates the number of days off that a crew member is required to have off after that trip. A transatlantic trip to the East Coast of the US, for instance, must have three calendar days off built in after the trip, whereas a longer trip [e.g., to Lima (LIM) or Singapore (SIN)] will have eight days of rest built in before the crew member is legally allowed to fly again.

The result of these various scheduling systems, changing network/operational demands and government regulations mean that no flight attendant has a regular route. Most airlines do use something more along the lines of PBS, and at some airlines — such as South African Airways, for instance — crews are just given a schedule every month and must fly what they get.

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Just because most flight attendants don’t have their pick of routes doesn’t mean they won’t sometimes end up in paradise. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

So chances are that no, your particular flight attendant is not flying his/her specified route, unless said attendant has seniority, in which there’s a good chance this route is his or her comfort zone. And if the attendant is lucky enough to fly for a US airline that has a complex bidding system that rewards seniority, then yes, he or she will fly the same thing pretty often.

The rest of us simply get to live the dream and see the world — which suits me just fine!

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7 Hilarious Ways Flight Attendants Annoy Each Other

7 Hilarious Ways Flight Attendants Annoy Each OtherWhat’s worse than an obnoxious passenger? A lazy or just plain crazy co-worker who loves to do their own thing.

While most flight attendants are cool to fly with and sometimes even fun, there’s quite a few who aren’t. These are the flight attendants that will make you want to grab a beer and blow an airplane slide.

Funny Ways Flight Attendants Annoy Each Other

If you’re on a mission to piss off the life of your fellow crew members and consequently be included in the No Fly list, simply follow these guidelines:

1 Never, Ever Collect Trash

A large part of a flight attendant’s job is collecting trash during the flight. If you like your co-workers, you’ll help out. If you don’t like your co-workers you’ll opt-out of picking up trash and do as little as possible in between services.

2 Go Slow On The Bar Cart

When serving drinks, chat it up with every single passenger–especially irritating when it’s a packed flight. Ask them how they’re feeling, if they have a connecting flight and the reason that they’re traveling while your co-worker takes orders and serves. If you’re at the bottom of the bar cart and responsible for pulling back the cart, pull back as little as possible, maybe only a row and a half so you can finish your conversations and your fellow crew member will have to ask you frequently to push back so they can serve others.

3 Leave All Your Personal Stuff On The Galley Counter

If you’re not working in the galley, leave any and everything on the counter, including your personal belongs. Go ahead, never throw away trash a customer gives you, place it on the counter instead. Leave your personal belongings such as your book, magazines, purse, food containers all over the place and then walk away. Never say sorry when someone else has to move your stuff out of the way, only say thanks like it’s expected.

4 Never Stow Your Luggage in Your Assigned Space

If you’re traveling with the same crew for several days, always put your luggage in someone else’s assigned spot since it’s more convenient for you. If they ask you to move it, pretend you’re really busy so they will either have lift your luggage and move it themselves or find another place for their bags.

5 Spend As Much Time As Possible In The Lavatory

Especially in the middle of a meal or beverage service. Fix your hair, fix your make up, take selfies. Use the little sink and splash water everywhere. Avoid using the first class bathroom if there’s only one or you’ll also piss off waiting passengers.

6 Never Pick Up The Intercom Phone

When a crew member is attempting call you. Be so busy or engrossed in a book and pretend that you don’t hear the chime or notice the illuminated light above your head. Their only choice will be to walk all the way to the front or the back of the plane to communicate with you.

7 Sit On The Jumpseat And Read The Entire Flight

Roll your eyes and mutter under your breath when your fellow crew members need your help.

These actions may not get fired immediately (maybe eventually), but it will for sure earn you a reputation as that flight attendant no one likes to work with.

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Flight attendant: There is one thing that they aren’t allowed to be seen doing

FLIGHT attendants have to follow strict rules when it comes to being on duty, and there is one thing they aren’t allowed to be seen doing on a flight.

FLIGHT attendants have to follow strict rules when it comes to being on duty, and there is one thing they aren’t allowed to be seen doing on a flight.
Flight attendants have a tough job working long hours whilst 30,000 feet in the air, dealing with difficult passengers.

They also have to pass tough physical tests to make sure they are up to the job.

It was recently revealed that they are also banned from using earplugs when trying to sleep on the plane, in the case of an emergency and they are needed quickly.

A flight attendant has explained that there is one thing they aren’t allowed to be seen doing during a flight.

They are not allowed to be seen eating in front of the other passengers.

Jeremy Thompson, who worked for three different airlines, explained on Quora: “When I worked, we were always told to be discreet when eating and drinking.

“We couldn’t be seen by passengers walking down the aisle eating food or drinking.

“However, we could hide in the galley out of passenger view to eat and drink.”

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Flight attendant: They must eat their food out of sight from passengers

He also explained how this could be hindered by passenger requests throughout a meal.

Thompson said: “Of course, some passengers would need something before the start of cabin service and come ask me for water or napkins.

“I would quickly stop eating or drinking, acknowledge the passenger, use a wet wipe to clean my hands and then provide assistance to the passenger.”

This means that most cabin crew rarely get to have a whole meal uninterrupted by passengers

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Flight attendant: They often eat in the galley behind a curtain

This type of passenger isn’t the one most hated by cabin crew, however.

Shockingly, a bad passenger is one who clips their toenails during a flight and is actually much more common than people realise.

Annette Long, a flight attendant for 13 years, told Business Insider: “It’s very gross and you can’t make them stop.

“And it’s not an infrequent thing, believe it or not.”

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Southwest Airlines FLIGHT ATTENDANT LEAVES PASSENGERS STUNNED BY WHAT HE SAID OVER THE SPEAKERS

FlightAttendantSpeechSouthwest Airlines is well known for its lower fares and more relaxed attitude about air travel, and the video below makes it very clear why!

The flight attendant in this clip is both talented and dedicated, and he is bound and determined to give his passengers a bit of entertainment as the board the flight, find their seats and put away their bags.

This musical Southwest flight attendant named David puts on a funny, but quite professional rap version of the usual safety and introductory speech that passengers here on every single airline flight they take.

David’s rap song version covered all of the important information but presented it to passengers in a much more entertaining fashion. He began by asking the passengers on the flight to please clap their hands or stomp their feet to give him a beat to work with. Once a few passengers started up, pretty soon most of the cabin was clapping or stomping along, and David launched into his rap safety / instructional spiel.

The talented flight attendant and rap artist got a hearty and well deserved round of applause at the end of his rap monologue.

Flight attendants reveal 9 ‘behind the scenes’ secrets – which most passengers don’t know about

Flying has never been easier – but make sure you pay attention to these lot before you take your next flight

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Once upon a time, jetting off on an airplane used to be the preserve of the super-wealthy.

Nowadays, thanks to relatively recent rise of budget airlines, increasingly competitive airfares and more flight paths, experiencing an overseas holiday has never been easier.

As a result, many of us probably think we know exactly what to do at check-in , as well as what to expect at 35,000 feet.

But as with any work environment, there’s a lot more going on behind the sceneswhich we don’t know about.

Flight attendants and airline employees shared some fascinating insights on Quora , revealing plenty of things most airline passengers are unaware of.

A mixture of the gross and the enlightening, they’ll (hopefully) change the way you fly. At the very least, you’ll certainly think twice before putting on a pair of headphones.

1. Music to the ear

Watching a film, listening to some music or simply drowning out the noise around you may seem like a great way of passing the time, but maybe ask for some new headphones before you tune out.

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Those headphones may not be that ‘boxfresh’

Apparently, many “airlines who provide headphones hardly or even NEVER bother to replace the foamy-like ear parts.

“So please ALWAYS tear them once you use them just to make sure that they will replace them.”

And the same applies to any pillows or blankets you’ve been handed for the flight. Ask for a new set if you can.

2. Working hours

“We are not paid during boarding or until the door to the aircraft is shut. This means it’s mandatory to show up to work about two hours early but not be paid for it.”

3. Thirsty?

Another flight attendant pitied anyone having a water-based drink.

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Two words: ‘Galley Springs’

“The water from the plane is disgusting. I feel truly sorry for our coffee and hot water drinkers. That water is in a tank under the plane and I’ve never seen that tank be cleaned out.”

Another one even revealed the plane water was referred to as “Galley Springs”.

Delightful.

4. Toilet break

No one likes the toilets on planes. The constricted space, the unflattering lighting. But even flight attendants avoid them if possible.

One fight attendant admitted, “To be honest I only use the lavatories on the airplane if I need to wash my hands or if I absolutely have to go to the bathroom.

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Cabin toilet in modern airplane

“If it’s a short flight and I can leave the plane, I’m definitely waiting until I can use the bathroom in the airport.”

And Kelly Goodnuff added, “[…] Just how dirty the floor is. We think it’s disgusting when you do not wear shoes in to the toilet.”

5. Kindness pays

Being a good Samaritan and swapping seats can result in some VIP treatment according to Fatihah Sudewo.

“If you’re one of those who have a big heart in giving up your seat for whatever reason without making a scene, we treat you ‘special’.

“We would give you two bread rolls instead of one, a whole can of soda instead of rationing it, basically we would compensate you for your kindness.”

No mention of an upgrade to first class though.

6. DON’T ask us to help in the following scenarios

An anonymous user revealed the following: “We have to be diplomatic in situations to avoid discrimination lawsuits.

“For example, that man that’s overweight and spilling into your seat on a full flight? I can’t tell him to suck in his gut or ask a thin person to switch with you.

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A flight attendant needs to be careful with what they say

“However, you can, because the worst that can happen is you’ll get a no and maybe a glare.

“If I do, I am risking a possible lawsuit against my airline or at worst, my job.

“With the age of social media, a lot of things get twisted. I never want to be the flight attendant that ‘harassed a mother and her crying baby’ or ‘not let allow a man with a medical condition sleep’ because he snores.

7. Perk of the job

Fatehah also admitted, “Our meals are slightly better than the passenger meals, and even though it depends on the airlines, we also get fresh fruits – like whole fruits and not the cut ones, pickles, bread rolls, desserts, beverages.

“Basically we have at least a trolley dedicated for the crews.”

Can we have some?

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A flight attendant’s meal may be a lot better than yours

8. Getting tipsy

That free booze on the trolley? Go easy on it. According to more than one flight attendant, many passengers don’t realize how much more drunk they get at 35,000 feet, owing to the altitude.

And if you’re getting noticeably drunk or out-of-hand, the flight attendant is responsible for managing the situation.

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It could be down to the altitude

“Sometimes if we think you’ve had too much to drink, we’ll serve you, but not serve the whole mini-bottle of booze,” confesses one user named Ellen. ”

“We may just dip the rim of the glass in enough vodka or gin and fill the rest with mixer.”

9. Missing a flight attendant?

Another anonymous user also explained an important point as follows.

“If your boarding is delayed because they are missing a flight attendant and you see a flight attendant rushing on to the plane, that flight attendant is most likely not the flight attendant that caused the delay.

“At airports we have standby flight attendants (one or two at a time) who are dressed in uniform, bags packed and ready to go if a flight needs them or reserve flight attendants who get short notice to cover a trip when another co-worker cannot make it.”

Former flight attendant: Not only do pilots hook up with the attendants but also passengers frequently

Last week, we received a huge response from readers when we posed the question of whether or not pilots hop in bed with flight attendants regularly while flying together. My friend, Pilot Mike said he’d never really witnessed it, but many of you replied and said otherwise. Let’s look at some of your responses.

Yes, they do hook up:

Abacaxi: As a former flight attendant who recently resigned: Yes, they do hook up with flight attendants frequently. I can’t believe he said he has never seen it. Not only do pilots hook up with the attendants but also passengers they meet on the flights, random women at bars hotels etc. Same goes for flight attendants, quite a lot of whom have multiple guys they see in different places. We were warned in training how often this happens and that in smaller companies, assume everyone will know about it. Its a stressful lifestyle and a lonely one, prone to a lot of drinking on layovers. Also, it seemed like most of the pilots who were married- were actively cheating or trying to cheat on their wives. I learned that one airline, the pilots wives came together to pressure the company into booking different hotels for Attendants and pilots to avoid this.

MisterHippity: My brother is an airline captain and I spent a lot of time hanging out with professional pilots, and this has been been my impression. I shared an apartment with him and partied with his pilot buddies, and I can testify that these guys and flight attendants hook up all the time. As a general rule, they all liked to drink and have sex, a lot.

astrongcupofjoel: An ex got a job as a flight attendant for Delta about two years back. Said pilots and flight attendants were hitting on each other pretty openly. Most of the people she worked with were pretty old and we thought it kinda funny that so many of them partied so hard and sexed it up so much. Once while on the phone after one of her flights, I overheard her saying goodbye to the other attendants and pilots and one of the pilots told her to come to his room later for a drink. Sounded pretty out in the open to me…

VTECkickedinBRO: I’m betting the male/male flight attendant/pilot hookups happen waaaaaaaaaay more than the male/female hookups do.

kingcaii: I had a co-worker who became a good friend of mine. Her (now ex-) husband was a commercial pilot for a major company. She came to find out that he cheated on her, many times, with one of the flight attendants that flew with him. It was like a fictional story— when he and the FA in question landed anywhere except their home port of SeaTac, WA, they acted like they were a couple. Even in the airport. One of my co-worker’s friends happened to be at one of those other airports and informed her. So…. yeah, it happens.

Jesus Diaz: There’s plenty of pilots and flight attendants hooking up for both long term relationships and one-night stands in Iberia airlines. I’m told (by pilots) it’s the same for any other airline in Europe. There are also cases of pilots having double lives and two families (in Spain and in Miami or Cuba or some South American country) back in the days when the flight crews had to stay at their destinations for a few days. Neither family knew about each other.

toecutter: My mom worked housekeeping at an airport motel. A lot of pilots and flight attendants stayed there. She said it was like a Roman orgy.

J-box25: I worked as a driver for a Hilton hotel for a few years and let me tell u they definitely hook up lol. We would pick up the flight crews and bring them to the hotel. They are like kids on a school bus once the plane lands.

Flight attendants from various airlines at the Boeing 737 dedication. [Getty]

You said they also hook up with other strangers:

sorbo1980: They don’t hook up with the crew; they hook up with the hotel staff (usually a bartender or waiter) where they’re staying. Also, tends to happen with airlines with younger staffs. I write from experience.

TheTroof: You should have asked how often they have random hook-ups and one night stands during their overnight stays in different cities. If you live near a big airport, just troll the nearby hotel lobby bars, or local watering holes, and trust me…you’ve got a pretty good chance of banging a flight attendant that night LOL. 😉

TaterNutsAnon: In university I was in a crappy bar one night with a friend. Next table over was 4 flight attendants and a pilot. All in their uniforms and getting very drunk. We ended up joining our tables together and getting absolutely wrecked. I was looking to head back to the hotel with 1 (or 2! [Ahhh, youth]) of the ladies when the pilot suggested, why don’t we move this back to the hotel, I got upgraded to a room with a king bed and a Jacuzzi. The girls seemed interested, but it was just too weird for me. My buddy went with them, and passed out in the cab on the way to their hotel. They left him in the cab.

Reborn Pyrrhic: From personal experience I find that most of the hooking up by the flight crews is done with strangers over Craigslist.

TSZ2788: So some of these people are practically like pirates. Where every port they went to they had a girl to f**k with.

They may hook up, but it’s a bad idea:

Tony: Because you have to work with that person again. And it’s awkward if everyone knows you did the nasty and is trying not to comment on it and you’re trying to pretend that nothing happened. Just because it’s an office at 35,000 feet doesn’t mean it’s not an office!

gla2yyz: In my experience flying as a passenger on US regional carriers, hooking up with a member of the cabin crew wouldn’t be something to brag about. I’m sure they’re all lovely people who most definitely work in very challenging conditions but the photo above isn’t EXACTLY representative of who will be serving you pretzels and a thimble of Sprite on your typical Colgan or Comair flight.

Diesel: I saw a documentary about a pilot hooking up with his stewardess. It didn’t end well for either of them.

By the time most flight crews are done for the day, they’re too tired to have much fun. [pic by Sebastian Oliva on Flickr / Creative Commons commercial license]

These people are full of it:

LeeTunnell: As a pilot for one of the largest US airlines (probably the most hated too) Here is my version..Maybe I’m jaded from the years….Hookups…Ha Have you seem most crews walking around? That would make for the worst porn movie in the world. Here is what it would happen. Old pilot tells tales of his flying stories or high school football days “Glory Days” and flight attendant shows pictures of her cats. Then they fall asleep at 7 pm. I guess between our cat loving grandmas in the back and the grumpy old farts up front I don’t think much is happening but hey you never know throw a long layover in there with some booze.

colorfulyawn: Maybe I’m naive, but I expect flight attendants and pilots to behave in a professional and respectful manner toward each other, and would be surprised if the salacious cliches were true about them “hooking up” with each other.

figbash > colorfulyawn: You’re not really that naive. Most pilots and flight attendants are too damn tired when they reach their destinations to do any major hooking up, and even if they had the energy, they usually don’t want to hook up with the people they work with. They want sleep, not a roll in the hay.

Thanks to everyone who responded with anecdotes, either first-hand of from acquaintances. As you can see, there’s not a general rule here — but the lifestyle makes it possible to have frequent non-committal encounters, if you’re into that sort of thing.