What flight attendants wish they could tell you, but can't ...

If they could, here are some things the angels of the sky would like to say to you.

What flight attendants wish they could tell you, but can't ...

Flight attendants cop a lot. From rude passengers to physical abuse, these angels in the sky have a tough job and one they most always do with a smile.

That said, there are a few things they’d love to tell some passengers but can’t for professional reasons. Six flight attendants who work for American Airlines, United Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Alaska Airlines told Business Insider some of the things they’d say to passengers if the gag was removed.

A little patience and a little kindness goes a long way
“We want to take off on time too. We’re all going to the same place. We’re all leaving at the same time. I think people tend to be overly rushed,” said a United Airline’s flight attendant. “A little patience and a little kindness goes a long way.”

Don’t walk in the aisle without shoes
Planes are cleaned once a day, and flight attendants pick up garbage and may do a quick wipe-down in between flights but “I think people don’t realise how dirty the planes are,” said a flight attendant for PSA Airlines.

Cut us some slack
“Cut us some slack,” said another United flight attendant. “Be compassionate, because we’re trying to be compassionate toward you.”

We’re not mind readers
“We’re not mind readers,” said an Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant. “We may not necessarily know how to serve that individual person, nor can we tailor our service to every individual person, and I think sometimes people forget that.”

Take responsibility for your scheduling decisions
“I just wish I could tell passengers, ‘Be more responsible for yourself’,” said an American Airlines’ flight attendant. “Take accountability for your actions. You booked this flight this way. You’re giving yourself 20 minutes to get to your other flight. Be more responsible.”

Don’t ask if a delay will result in a late arrival
“Don’t ask me if the plane’s going to be late because of the delay, because I don’t know,” said a flight attendant for Piedmont Airlines.

Have you ever been guilty of committing these flight attendant faux pas?



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    1st Jun 2019
    They sound like grumpy staff who need a holiday at home.
    I would just love to be waited on as if they like me. I know they don't but they make me feel horrible even when they deliver the food and nothing much is spoken.
    Maybe giving away a 1000 smiles a day is too exhausting - so just give us a packed lunch as we board and then feel free to sit up the back and wait for someone to call for bar service.
    I wonder if people realise a senior air steward earns more than a School Principal. - Such an odd world we live in.
    5th Jan 2020
    Gee Rosret, my experiences with cabin crew have been very positive on budget airlines and on major airlines. I dont make unreasonable requests and I'm always polite to them as I am to people in general. I've honestly never struck a grouch and I've flown countless time on long haul and short domestic flights.

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