USA Today had an interesting article about How To Make Your Flight Attendant Like You a couple of days back.
When I first saw the title I laughed a bit. Is it our job to make the flight attendants like us? After all, we pay our hard-earned money (or miles) to fly!
In my opinion, I don’t think it is “our job” to make the flight attendants like us, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to be nice and make their jobs a bit easier and more pleasant. Flight attendants have a pretty tough job having to cater to a plane full of passengers from all walks of life.
When boarding a flight and de-planing, I pretty much always greet the flight crew with a smile and a hi, bye or thank you etc… The rare times that I don’t, I might be a little pre-occupied with Lucas!
Over the past couple of years (more than ever), the flight attendants have been crucial in making our flights just a little easier and more comfortable while flying with Lucas. It seems like on most flights we end up spending time at the back of the plane. Lucas likes to go for a walk and knows that the friendly people at the back have juice and snacks! Even when Lucas wasn’t walking, we’d take him to the galley and on quite a few occasions, a flight attendant would give him some attention (some even held him) and show him what’s inside some of the compartments! Curious as Lucas is/ was, this made the flight a whole lot more fun for him!
In the USA Today article, George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog.com shares 12 tips to make your flight attendant like you.
Here they are:
- Say hi back
- Listen to the safety demo- (I’m guilty of not doing this.)
- Headphones off- when ordering meals & drinks
- Be specific when ordering- for example, tell them how you take your coffee
- Same for cold drinks
- Say please and thank you
- Magazines- give the crew magazines that you are finished with
- Treats- bring a (packaged & sealed) snack and you might get rewarded
- Wheels in- place your bags with wheel or handles in so you don’t hog up space in the overhead. It will make the flight attendant’s job easier.
- Stay out of the aisles
- Tell the airlines-if a flight attendant does a great job and don’t forget to take down their employee #.
What do you think about the idea of making flight attendants like you? I think being polite and doing some of the other things suggested in the article are the right thing to do.
Check out the full USA Today article HERE.