All the smiles we see from a flight attendant’s face are enveloped with top secrets they will never reveal to a passenger. Their daily experiences with flyers in different destinations and exposure to technical procedures of the airlines gave them the platform to know secrets from the tolerable ones to the most disgusting. After reading this article, you will never see the airline, its staff, and flight attendants the same way again.
1. You can ask for more food.
Don’t be ashamed to ask for an extra sandwich or another refill of juice as it will be free. But, don’t forget to ask them nicely. Foods that are stored onboard didn’t last that long, and they often discard them after the flight. There are times that the crew ate them, but they usually don’t. Who would you want to eat the same variety of food every day?
2. Double check your life vest before taking off.
It may sound impossible, but it is happening. Some passengers risk their luck to stole life jackets and bring it along with them. It is considered a criminal offense, but they don’t care about it anyway. They steal it to become a souvenir. The bad news is, the stolen life vest might be the one under your seat so better check everything for safety precautions. By the way, don’t follow these sentimental kleptomaniacs. You can always buy souvenirs from the flight attendants.
3. Smoking is prohibited, but they have ashtrays.
Have you ever wondered why there are ashtrays in the lavatory? There are still people who smoke despite the strict compliance of no smoking rule on board. If you really can’t wait until the flight is over, use the ashtray and just pay the fine as you leave the lavatory. Oh, do not forget to say sorry.
4. The aircraft looks clean, that’s how you see it.
Airlinesuse a fog machine that emits a dense vapor for cleaning the aircraft instantly. They don’t perform superficial clean up every flight like what you think. They can’t manage to clean the plane thoroughly as they will miss another flight and their flyers will be angry. You don’t have any idea if the previous person in your seat is sick or a baby vomited in the chair before yours.
5. Flight attendants can open the lavatory from outside.
For safety and emergency reasons, flight attendants have the keys to open the lavatory from the outside. There are instances when a person got locked in the washroom or collapsed because he/she is sick. Staff and crew have the power to open a lavatory whenever no one is responding from the knocking and calling after long minutes of waiting outside. Frequently, the flap with no smoking sign image near bolt will do the opening trick.