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17 Things Your Flight Attendant Won't Tell You

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posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 01:49 AM
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hi all

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 regular coffee.

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.

read the rest at the link

www.huffingtonpost.com...




posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 02:07 AM
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#18 If we go into an uncontrolled free fall nose dive at 30 000'... we're all cactus.








edit on 3-1-2013 by Perhaps because: meh



posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 03:09 AM
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Interesting, I suggest looking on YouTube for the one off show, the plane crash.

In it I learned something worrying about the brace position, yes it can save you life because upon impact you won't smash your face into the chair I front, but your ankles are likely to merge with the bar under your seat, the force on your legs upon impact can be tremendous, causing your ankles to push hard back into it.

They tested it on dummies, there has never been an experiment of it's kind before (apparently).

I will look for a vid but having trouble.
m.youtube.com...

This is just the ad for it.

Here's a longer vid, still only highlights
m.youtube.com...
edit on 3-1-2013 by Chukkles because: (no reason given)



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