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7 ways to annoy a flight attendant

- May 27th, 2009

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I was on an overnight flight to Amsterdam when I awoke to find myself incredibly parched. The cabin was dark, my fellow passengers were sleeping and there was nary a flight attendant in sight. Did I dare press that magic button and request some water?

Do you think a flight attendant would be annoyed to be summoned unexpectedly? If not, what does annoy those people who are on board to help tired, cranky and sometimes just plain bizarre travellers?

BudgetTravel.com recently interviewed a woman who served on a well-known airline for 12 years. She dishes on all the habits that drive flight attendants nuts:

1. Bring your pet on the flight and then let it run loose. Even if you’ve paid the pet-in-cabin fee, your animal must stay in its carrier.

2. Shove your carry-on bag into the first available storage shelf, then proceed to your seat at the back of the plane. Carry-on bags need to stay near the person they belong to. If they don’t, flight attendants could end up sending them to cargo.

3. Let your kids run free. Just because you’re on a plane, doesn’t mean you’re off duty as a parent.

4. Bring an oversized carry-on bag that you can’t even lift into the storage shelf. No one will be compensated if she injures herself lifting a bag you stuffed too full.

5. Complain when you aren’t seated in the exit row. These seats weren’t made for folks with long legs or a few extra pounds around the waist. In case of an emergency, whoever it sitting in an exit row seat has to be prepared to help passengers off the plane.

6. Don’t heed instructions to place your bag ‘under the seat infront of you.’ Not under your feet, not on your lap and not under your calves. Under the seat infront of you.

7. Complain about the cost of flying. While the recession marches on, travellers can find great deals on flights, accommodations and attractions. If you want what they’re getting in First Class, pay for First Class.

And, in case you’re wondering, no, I never did call a flight attendant for some water. I blame the small town Canadian girl in me for being just too darn polite to bother disturbing my own friendly flight attendants.

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5 comments

  1. Dennis | April 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Good thing you didn’t push that button, I have heard and seen too many flight attendants complain and fume at passengers that have. Most flight attendants need a dose of small town manners.

  2. Kate | June 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Please don’t ever be afraid to ring the call button. When we’re not dealing with emergencies (and how often does that really happen), serving our guests is our job. It’s only annoying if we’re in the middle of service and we’re still on our way to your section or if you’re one of people who don’t feel it’s necessary to say please or thank-you.

  3. Marnie | April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Ever seen the commercial with the Flight Attendent trying to quit smoking?? I had her on my last flight. Wow – FA from Hell. I will NEVER fly Air Canada again.

  4. samebatchannel | April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Push the button and keep pushing for all your worth until they arrive and attend to your needs, that is what they are there for and that is exactly why that button was installed. To call the stewards who are paid to bring you water or whatever else you are entitled to or wish to purchase. You paid for that seat and that service.

    NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IMPOSING, it is they who impose on us as paying passengers with announcements every 20 minutes at 3 am. who cares where we are, how high we are flying and whether or not the captain has decided to disturb everyone by putting the seatbelt sign on every time theres a shudder from turbulence.

  5. Canuck Lover | July 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Yep. Those Canadians are great. We arrogant US folks could take a page out of their book.

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