How to make your flight attendant like you

 

Maybe you don’t want to please your cabin crew next time you
fly. I know, I know, it’s their job to be nice, you’re the customer, they’re
the employee. But if you’re good to them, they may be extra nice. So here’s how
to charm them.
1. Say hi back. If a flight attendant greets you upon
boarding, don’t just ignore them. A simple “good morning” or
“good evening” does it. How would you like to greet 20 people in a
row and be greeted by silence? That’s what usually happens.
2. Listen to the safety demo. It’s just polite. Put down
your iPad and Kindle. When was the last time you really listened? If it was
more than a few years ago, it’s time for a refresher. At the very least, don’t
talk loudly to your neighbor when a flight attendant is standing in front of
you trying to keep you safe.
3. Headphones off! Take your headphones off when they ask
you what you’d like to drink so they don’t have to repeat it three times. How
would you like it if they were wearing headphones when talking to you? It’s the
Golden Rule.
4. Be specific when ordering. When you ask for coffee or
tea, specify milk or no milk, sweetener or not, without being asked, as in
“I’d like coffee with milk please.” Not only does it make their job
easier, but everyone on the plane will get served more quickly.
5. Same for cold drinks. “I’d like Diet Coke, no ice
please” or “Water, with ice and a slice of lemon please.”
6. Say please and thank you. As in the examples above, say
please and thank you when asking for and receiving something. Again, common
courtesy that will get you treated extra well. A flight attendant once told me
“We thought you were company” (meaning that I worked for the airline)
because I was so polite.
7. Magazines! Donate copies of your current magazines to the
crew. After you finish reading this week’s US Weekly or GQ, give it to your
flight attendant. Flight attendants love to read magazines when they’re off
duty or on break.
8. Treats. It’s perfectly permissible to bring a little
taste treat for your crew. Just make sure it’s safety-sealed— not your homemade
muffins, which might be considered a safety hazard. I bring boxes of Walker’s
Scottish shortbread or factory-sealed chocolates. They’re always a big hit and
you may be rewarded with a free cocktail or maybe even get reseated in the exit
row (yes, it happens).
9. Pens! People are always asking flight attendants for
pens, whether to complete immigration and customs forms or to simply do the
crossword puzzle. Bring a few extra cheap pens, bundle them up and give them to
your crew member. It may not be as enjoyable as a box of chocolates, but they
will surely put them to good use.
10. Wheels in! Try to put your carry-on bag with wheels or
handles facing in before commandeering twice as much space horizontally. And,
for heaven’s sake, don’t put your jackets or tiny bags in the bin. That takes
up space for larger items that have to go there, and these smaller items easily
can fit underneath the seat or atop existing bags once everyone has boarded.
Flight attendants will tell you that boarding is the most stressful part of
their job, and by exhibiting an ounce of courtesy and common sense, it helps the
entire plane get on the way more quickly.
11. Stay out of the aisles. Make your best effort to stay
out of the aisles when the carts are brought out or when the plane is boarding.
Try to use the bathroom before boarding or after takeoff, but if the crew begins
their service, it is best to stay seated. The carts are heavy and awkward to
maneuver, and there’s no reason to become an obstacle to them unless absolutely
necessary. And if a crewmember reminds you that the seatbelt sign is still
illuminated, remember that they are just doing their job.
12. Tell the airline. If a flight attendant offers
exceptionally nice service, most airlines have a mechanism for recognizing
them. Ask for their employee number and note the flight number.
Where will all this kindness get you? No, you probably won’t
get an in-flight upgrade (although flight attendants do have the ability to
offer them if there’s room). Maybe the crew will forget to charge you for your
cocktail. Maybe they’ll reseat you if the child behind you is wailing like a
banshee. But sometimes being nice is its own reward.

 

George Hobica is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com.
Airfarewatchdog features the best airfares on thousands of routes verified by a
team of expert fare analysts. Source : usatoday.com

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2 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Weather it was written by a FA themselves, most the above mentioned point are basically simple basic manners. I don't have any problem with that unless of course if somebody is too snobbish to agree. Thinking that they got paid to the job.

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