sry didnt know for sure where to post this
so did you know if you ordered regular coffee you were gettin decaf?
I sure didnt know that flight attendants didnt get paid unless they are in the air..
Ever wonder what your flight attendant really thinks of you? What they'd tell you if they had the nerve? Or weren't afraid of being fired? What
deep, dark secrets would they reveal about their jobs?
I have a number of friends who work as flight attendants. One of them recently retired after 20 years flying for the most storied name in commercial
aviation, while others work for less glamorous domestic U.S. airlines. I asked them what they'd tell their passengers if they could tell them
anything at all, or what secrets they'd reveal only if granted complete anonymity. All I can say is that these people do not represent every single
flight attendant in the skies, so if you're a flight attendant yourself, please hold your fire and don't shoot the messenger. But I didn't make
this stuff up. What you read here may shock you, or make you laugh, I'm not sure which.
1. You know that coffee you ordered? It's actually decaf even though you asked for regular. We'd rather that you sit back, relax and fall asleep so
you don't bother us too much. Our airline sent around a memo wondering why the decaf supplies were going so fast, noting that decaf costs more than
2. When we "arm" the doors on your aircraft, each flight attendant checks the work of his colleague at the opposite door. You've heard it a million
times: "arm doors and cross check." Did you hear "crotch check?" It wasn't your imagination. We get silly sometimes. And yes, despite all the
cross checking -- maybe because we're checking crotches instead -- once in a great while we screw up and we forget to arm the doors, which means the
emergency slides won't automatically deploy if needed in an emergency. We can get fired for that.
3. Our airline used to pay us when we showed up for duty at the airport. That was eons ago. Then we got paid our measly hourly wage when the cabin
doors closed. Then it was when the plane's brakes were released. Now we get paid only when the wheels leave the ground ("wheels up" in airline
parlance). We don't even get paid when we're taxiing! There can sometimes be hours of delay between the time we show up for work and when we're
airborne. Different airlines have different policies, but it's a way for them to save money. So when we greet you at the door, we do that for free.
When we serve you your pre-flight drink, we do that for free, too. No wonder our smiles are so fake.
4. If a flight is late, the airline might have to pay us overtime. If the flight is going to be late anyway, we've been known to delay it even
further in order make sure overtime kicks in, which on our airline means up to double the hourly pay. We might find some minor defect in the aircraft
or use some other ruse to make up for the money we don't get paid waiting for take off.
5. Yes, we can upgrade you to business class or first class after the airplane's doors close. No, we don't do it very often, partly because on some
airlines we have to file a report explaining why we did it, partly because there has to be a meal for you and partly because the forward cabins are
often full. Who do we upgrade? Not the slob who's dressed in a dirty tank top. It helps if you're extremely nice, well dressed, pregnant, very tall,
good looking, one of our friends or all of the above.
6. Please don't take your computer and a newspaper into the lav. It's gross and it means you're going to be occupying it longer than you should.
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