1. When passengers rest their feet on the Bulkhead
We have all seen this, and we have all cringed.
2. Stretching and Exercising in the Galley
We’ve completed service and all we want to do is go back to our tiny space to sit down and maybe eat our lunch. We finally squeeze by the 7 passengers in line for the lavatory, and low and behold, there is a middle aged man doing poorly executed, awkward yoga moves and aerobics in the galley!
Sit down, sir.
3. Passengers Who Refuse to Remove Their Headphones During Service
“Would you like peanuts, pretzels or cookies, ma’am?”
“Peanuts, pretzels, or cookies?”
“Peanuts, or what were the other options?!”
You get peanuts. Goodbye.
4. When Catering Rushes in and Out and Only Leaves You 4 Bottles of Water for a 4 Hour Flight
Anyone who asks for water on this flight will actually be getting a full cup of ice with 2 tablespoons of water. No refills.
5. Pee Pee Goes in the Potty
Unfortunately, most flight attendants have witnessed this whether it’s in a bag, bottle or soda can. And even more frequently we’re handed dirty diapers in the aisles. This was NOT in the job description.
Most people follow instructions, but there’s always that one person who leaves their oversized bag sticking out of the bin, which we can’t get to until the end of boarding when all of the other bin space is taken. We don’t mind too much, we’ll just take it off and check it to your final destination.
7. When We Get to Hold the Baby
Most of us will agree this is the best part of our day. Yes we will hold the baby! Please let us hold the baby!
8. If it Doesn’t Have a Label, it Belongs to One of Us
Flight attendant 101: Always tear the label off your personal water bottle so it doesn’t get used. Although every once in a while you will catch a passenger pouring themselves a glass of your water anyway. Whoops!
9. Self Grooming at 35,000 Feet
If you haven’t been hit in the face with a stray nail yet, you haven’t been flying long enough!
10. Transoceanic Trips
11. That Look From a Passenger That Says, “Please Help Me!”
We really do the best we can to make passengers comfortable, but on a full flight, somebody’s gotta sit next to the large person that takes up part of both seats. Nothing a free drink won’t fix, we hope.
12. “Jumpseat Therapy”
Did you go on an amazing date, and never hear from him again? Get dumped? Divorced? Mad at your BFF?
At least you know when you go to work you’ll be strapped in next to another flight attendant who will either give you great advice from an outsider’s perspective, or at the very least will have no choice but to listen to you vent!
We usually know when passengers are drinking their own booze on the plane. Whether or not we say anything or confiscate it depends on their behavior and how nice we’re feeling that day.
14. Mid-Day Flights With No Inflight Entertainment
When everyone’s awake with nothing to occupy their attention, the main cabin is like a Vegas casino. So many bells and flashing lights! So many requests to tend to!
15. When Only One Passenger is Paying Attention to the Safety Demo
Well, at least one person will know how to survive if we have a red emergency.
16. Flying as a Non Revenue Passenger
At the end of the day, it’s all worth it, because we can fly anywhere our heart desires! When there’s space available, of course.