American Airlines flight attendant Ally Case says that she hates three things that passengers do. And she says these are the three things about passengers that get cabin crew talking.
- Talk during the safety demonstration
- Expect flight attendants to help with your bags
- Poke flight attendants
At American, flight attendants have to do a safety demo. Since the airline has taken seat back screens out of most of their planes, flight attendants physically show you how to buckle a safety belt and blow into the tube of a life jacket. And it is, in fact, rude to talk through the demonstration.
Case says that maybe someone who has never flown before is trying to listen? I suppose that’s possible, and they’ll somehow remember the instruction when needed. More likely they’ll be grabbing their carry on bags, taking selfies, and digging their heels into the evacuation slide on the way down.
As for helping you with your bags, she says “we’re actually not supposed to help with your bags because we could get hurt” but then suggests asking another passenger nearby to do it because who cares if they hurt themselves I guess?
She’s right in the general case that if you can’t lift your bag yourself you should check it. But it might be light and contain medications, and your inability to lift is due to a medical condition. And whether a crewmember or fellow passenger, helping out someone in need without hurting yourself is just common courtesy.
Finally, she says not to poke flight attendants use “the call light or a little wave” instead to get their attention. Of course. Do not touch the flight attendants but you should, of course, fully expect them to bang you with the galley carts as they roll down the aisle. That’s not their fault, it’s the airline’s, since they’re the one that laid out the cabin and bought the carts.
It’s always struck me weird, though, that when crew apologize for bumping me they usually do so touching me on the arm or shoulder? Like, they’re apologizing for touching me by touching me. Go figure.
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Be polite! Don’t touch! Use the call button. Clearly Ms. Case wouldn’t do well at United or another airline represented by AFA-CWA, since their union’s head says passengers should never use the call button to request a drink. Already then she’s got something going for her!
(HT: Johnny Jet)