Ten things you can do to make enemies with your cabin crew

Here are 10 passenger faux pas that will make you an enemy of your cabin crew.

Ten things you can do to make enemies with your cabin crew

When flying, the cabin crew can either be your best friend or your worst enemy, which can make your journey a pleasure or a pain.

Many people may think that being a flight attendant would be a dream job. Upon closer inspection, the 12–18 hour shifts (depending on the length of the flight) and having to deal with needy passengers, whiny kids and, maybe, the odd happy flyer, that dream job could quickly become a worst nightmare.

So, keeping on the good side of your flight attendant can be the difference between a happy flight or one that can be a bit tough.

flight attendant handing out drinks

Here are 10 things that your cabin crew hate about you. Well, only if you commit these grievous passenger faux pas

1. Not greeting the crew when you board. It really doesn’t take much to smile and say ‘hi’ and ‘thank you’.

2. Taking up too much space in the overhead bins. They also hate it when you ask them to help you put your bag in the overhead baggage stow. After all, they’re not porters. If you can’t lift your bag, it shouldn’t be a carry-on.

3. Handing your rubbish to an attendant while they’re giving out food. I mean, really?

4. Going to the toilet while the plane is descending or when the seatbelt sign is on. It probably goes without saying that the seatbelt sign is on for a reason.

5. Ignoring the cabin crew while they’re showing you the safety presentation. It’s tough to be ‘on show’ so at least pay attention. It’s for your own good.

6. Asking “what do you have?” – there’s a menu, buddy …

7. Not taking out your headphones when an attendant is speaking with you. It’s just rude.

8. Touching attendants or snapping your fingers to get their attention. Use that little button above your head instead.

9. Walking around barefoot – especially when you go to the loo. (That’s just wrong!)

10. Using the galley to stretch.

And here’s the one that really raises their shackles: expecting them to know as much as the captain or blaming them for mishaps beyond their control.

Have you ever committed these passenger faux pas? Do you have any tips that would make your flight attendant smile?


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    25th Feb 2017
    11:25am
    Smoking in the toilet, sweaty, drunk passengers, and addressing them with condescending terms like: luv, darling etc.!
    biddi
    25th Feb 2017
    12:39pm
    Passengers' smelly feet/socks. The odour drifts.
    Spud
    25th Feb 2017
    1:48pm
    Especially when they are stuck into your space from behind !
    MICK
    25th Feb 2017
    7:24pm
    Not everybody has smelly feet biddi.
    Spud
    25th Feb 2017
    1:47pm
    Number 9 !!!! Eeekkkk!
    Spud
    25th Feb 2017
    1:51pm
    It's funny ,people say that the flight was terrible because of the cabin crew! But I have been on many flights where I would write of my pleasent flight but a pax in front of me would have written exactly the opposite ????????????????????. Common sense and good old fashioned manners wins every time .
    MICK
    25th Feb 2017
    7:27pm
    It is normally one cabin crew member who can create this. I had one with a Qantas flight a couple of years ago. Dreadful guy and I saw him again 12 months later but thankfully did not have to deal with him. The rest of the crew was fine as have all of our other flights over the years.
    Watto
    25th Feb 2017
    2:47pm
    Wakey Wakey Your on a loop You had this same story not so long ago. Lift your game
    Chuck
    25th Feb 2017
    4:36pm
    You could also add saying "Please" and "Thank You" when being served
    It's amazing how many people today have forgotten common courtesy
    MICK
    25th Feb 2017
    7:24pm
    Come on Leon do you fly regularly:

    2. the overhead locker system is a sham. We have gotten to our seats only to find the locker above us full from people from other seats. This is never fixed but should be a priority.

    6. the menu - don't get me started. I don't mind picking from the menu of 3 but I do draw the line when they say 'we only have the gruel left' knowing full well that business class still has the 3 options to choose from. A few years I got into a discussion with a Qantas steward who was clearly working in the wrong industry and ended up telling not to worry about the meal and just go away. The head steward came along 5 minutes later and the meal I had chosen, which apparently was not available, showed up 10 minutes later. Yeah right!

    9. many people remove their shoes during a long haul flight. I personally put them back on when I move around the cabin but cannot see why this would be an issue.

    Most of your other points are quite valid Leon.
    Maggie
    2nd Dec 2017
    9:42am
    Come on mate! If you had paid the business class fare, you would have been entitled to a choice! Nobody can predict exactly how many people are going to order a particular dish off the menu. Have you noticed that ordinary restaurants often run out of a dish which proves particularly popular . . . .

    When you got the dish you wanted it was called damage control. Obviously that cannot extend to all the passengers all the time.

    Entitlement . . . .
    Maggie
    2nd Dec 2017
    9:43am
    Come on mate! If you had paid the business class fare, you would have been entitled to a choice! Nobody can predict exactly how many people are going to order a particular dish off the menu. Have you noticed that ordinary restaurants often run out of a dish which proves particularly popular . . . .

    When you got the dish you wanted it was called damage control. Obviously that cannot extend to all the passengers all the time.

    Entitlement . . . .
    SuziJ
    27th Feb 2017
    9:57am
    Item 2 - what if you physically cannot lift your arms above your head? It's a little hard to reach the bins!
    Ted Wards
    27th Feb 2017
    10:08am
    Not long ago I was on a small plane coming back from Adelaide to Brisbane on Virgin and there was a rather large flight attendant. She was very nice but the issue was every time she walked by she hit me with her hips and banged the trolley into my elbow. It hurts. Not to be rude as Im not a small person myself but, seriously she should not of been forced to be on a plane with a narrow isle. Sorry but everyone was complaining. I felt very sorry for her, and thought that Virgin needs to re-look at this issue. Im not saying she shouldn't of been a flight attendant because of her size, Im saying Virgin should look at practicalities such as these and maybe reassign her to larger planes for everyone's sake, including saving the lovely lady embarrassment.
    greenie
    25th Aug 2018
    2:08pm
    'shouldn't of been'... what does this mean? Shouldn't HAVE been; please!
    hmmm
    4th Mar 2017
    8:45am
    I guess as the ails get narrower, the legroom gets less, and the seats get thinner, sometime during the flight we start to take it out on the cabin crew.
    Maybe the right time to put the shoe on the other foot, hard as it maybe, alternatively stop flying, that may make everyone happy, except the airlines.


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