A lot of us have been air travellers and many of us are frequent ones too. Managing some travellers, especially the more difficult ones, would be the least desirable thing ever, don’t you think? Yet, the cabin crew does exactly the same with a smile on their face, flight after long flight.
From lack of personal hygiene, to rude and arrogant passengers, to even the ones who keep calling the air hostess repeatedly for fun, the cabin crew tolerates it all.
But have you ever wondered what goes through a flight attendant’s head through this semi-ordeal?
A former flight attendant named Belinda in a recent interview to an international website outlined an advisory of what she wishes the passengers kept in mind and never did again on flights.
The seven unwritten rules go as follows. Keep them in mind before boarding your next flight?
DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT TURBULENCE
We understand that turbulence due to atmospheric disturbance while you are flying mid-air does not excatly sound the most desirable of scenarios to be caught in, but your flight attendant is not a clairvoyant either. Nor can he or she do anything about it. So stop complaining. You’re all in it together.
Belinda said in her interview, “As much as I wish I could summon the powers of the earth, I cannot predict nor change the inclement weather happening in the atmosphere around us. We don’t know how long turbulence will last.”
BE PREPARED, SO YOU CAN GET OUT QUICKLY IN AN EMERGENCY
Belinda shared her own experience dealing with an aviation emergency, “What you might not know is that flight attendants themselves have to repeatedly run through safety drills and scenarios to be ready in the unlikely event of emergency.”
“The better prepared you are with this information at the forefront of your mind, the faster you can get out. Help us help you,” she added.
DON’T COMPLAIN IF YOUR FOOD CHOICE ISN’T AVAILABLE
For passengers who are too cool to accept the food that the airline is offering you, take a cue from India’s Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha. In November 2018, Sinha was on an AirAsia flight when he was refused a snack of his choice. Why? He had pre-booked a South Indian meal. The minister accepted the food offered to him with a smile on his face, and won the hearts of a lot of people two months ago.
Ex air hostess Belinda might have loved a flyer like Sinha on board. She said, “It might be annoying not getting your first choice, but remember, we’re doing our best to make 300 people fed and happy. When we run out of chicken, we run out of chicken.”
Helping those who are keen to learn, she further shared a trick to be in the good books of your flight attendant and avail some exceptional benefits, saying, “While you might not get your first preference, if you chuck us a smile, we might even throw you something from our secret stash for being so understanding.”
DON’T SLEEP IN THE AISLES
The floor of the plane should be the last place to lounge in. Apart from hygiene questions, a sleeping passenger on the aisle can pose a serious threat to the safety of others too at the time of an emergency. Explaining the same, Belinda said, “Sleeping on the floor poses a safety risk too, should we need to get you out in a hurry.”
DO HAVE YOUR BOARDING PASS READY WHILE BOARDING THE PLANE
Rummaging through your pockets at the entry is the last thing your co-passengers are going to appreciate. Don’t delay the queue; don’t hold up the flight attendants. Isn’t it just better that you perform the boarding-pass-searching circus beforehand and be ready with it when it is asked for? Every airport has those announcements in place too.
Throwing more light on this, Belinda said, “We wouldn’t want you ending up in Perth if you’re bound for Paris. We’re making sure you are who you are and that you’re in the right place.”
DO NOT HOG THE BATHROOM
Having a bathroom to yourself can be joyous even for us, but to hog the lavatory at 35,000 feet in the air for day dreaming and other purposes sounds a tad bit too much, doesn’t it?
The former air hostess agreed, “We all know funny things can happen when you’re flying at 35,000 feet, and we experience them too. However it’s a shared space, so please try your best to be quick and efficient in the lavatory.”
DO KEEP THE BLINDS DOWN WHEN THE ENTIRE CABIN IS ASLEEP
You might be a night owl, but shared spaces like an aircraft cannot accommodate your sleeping preferences. Belinda explained the same, “We like to create a calm and relaxing space as you hurtle across the earth. Letting extra light in will wake and disturb the masses, and that’s a lot of morning breath to deal with.”