Flight Attendants from around the world have flocked to a new forum on popular internet site Reddit. The thread asked Flight Attendants to describe their deepest darkest secrets of their job, and the things that they thing we should know that we don't already.
Some of the confessions are absolutely wild and eye-opening.
"The plane is disgusting. Don't walk around barefoot. Definitely don't eat your mint after it fell on the floor like Mr. 3A did the other day."
If you ask for something nicely, I'll usually give it to you, but if you demand it or if you're a jerk...good luck getting anything free.
"During delays at the gate, we are not getting paid. We are as pissed off as you are, if not more."
"Please, PLEASE don’t ask where are we flying at the moment. I don’t know and don’t care, either."
"Hairspray can set off the lavatory smoke alarms. Also, yes, your vape."
As you’re boarding the aircraft we are judging you — we need to be able to establish what kind of flight we are gonna have.
"Don't stick your napkin inside your cup. We have limited trash room so we stack cups. When you do that I have to fish the napkin inside your cup and I die a little inside."
"Unless you're extremely lucky and your aircraft just rolled out of the hangar after major maintenance, there will absolutely be something broken in it. An aircraft can have a whole host of parts be broken and still be allowed to fly."
"When people ask for the reason for a delay, we usually give a bulls--- response because the REAL answer would spook passengers. 'We have a minor technical problem and engineers are on their way.' But in reality: The cabin pressure isn't working."
It means A LOT to us if a passenger actually says hello back to us and smiles...One guy said, 'Hey, good morning!' to me, and all flight I gave him alcohol on priority right away.
"98% of our training is for the 0.1% of our job that we hope to never use... We’re trained to fight fires, treat medical emergencies, evacuate a plane in record time, and much more."
"We generally don't know each other before briefing. You'll hear us calling, 'hey hun,' 'hey darling,' 'hey dude' — all of that is because we don't remember their name."
"There’s A LOT of gossip and drama that comes with this job. I’ve worked some trips where the FA working up front can’t stand the FA working in the back."
When you ask us to change the temperature, we pretend to do it. Planes are generally colder because if we hit turbulence warm temps will make the chances of someone puking much higher. No idea why.
"Long range aircrafts have a room with many beds where the crew sleeps."
"The amount of times someone has poked me in the waist, back of the head, and yes, my a--, in order to ask me to take their trash or some other stupid sh-- is TOO DAMN HIGH!"
"Nearly every aircraft has human remains on board inside the cargo bin."
We’re definitely laughing at you when you’re trying to cram a giant, clearly oversized bag in the overhead bin.
"Never get seats by the bathroom. When the toilet breaks down, the mechanics put all the toilet parts on those seats."