Recently a frequent flyer shared a story of taking on the role of flight attendant when the American Eagle first class crewmember was neglecting her duties.
They were flying a Bombardier CR-9, so the flight was presumably operated for American by Mesa or PSA. The first class flight attendant “did a single drink service and and placed the snack basket on the closet in front of[seat] 1A” not bothering to do a pass through the three rows of first class.
That was the end of her service. After “at least 30 minutes” had passed, the passenger helped themselves to a drink refill from the galley. Then they offered refills to the rest of the cabin, everyone that wanted another drink in first class.
Once the passenger completed these duties, they passed around the snack basket, and then “started passing it to the people in coach.” However,
By the time I got to the third row in Y, the FA came running up the aisle and angrily told me I wasn’t allowed to do that. Oh well. The people around me liked me.
American Eagle EMB-175 Operated By Republic in Miami
This passenger is a modern day Justin Ross Lee who is known for playing Robin Hood and taking bottles of first class champagne and running through the economy cabin and pouring it for passengers.
Flavor Flav once passed out peanuts and pretzels on a plane in a supposed effort to democratize air travel. Although last year an American Airlines first class passenger was kicked off a flight for sending predeparture beverages back to coach.
While it can be tempting to stand in for crew failing to fulfill the most basic tasks, don’t try this at home kids, it can also be your one way ticket to Guantanamo.