Travelling by plane can be a long process, from airport waits to long-haul journey times. Luckily, cabin crew is on hand to tend to passengers and make sure they have everything they need for the duration of their flight. While passengers in first and business class can expect a more inclusive service, with quality meals, beverages and even special toiletry packs, a cabin crew member has revealed that other passengers also have a chance of receiving some of the best service on board.
It turns out just one simple action when boarding the plane could ensure travellers are looked after all flight.
The flight attendant, who works for an unnamed Middle Eastern airline, revealed all on a Reddit forum.
The cabin crew member explained: “It means A LOT to us if a passenger actually says hello back to us and smiles. “We’ll remember your face. Believe me, because we got 150+ people who usually ignore us.”
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Indeed just a simple smile could land you some special treatment from the crew.
“One guy said ‘Hey good morning!’ to me, and all flight I gave him alcohol on priority right away, while I made others wait five to 10 minutes because I was busy,” the flight attendant continued.
“Also, say ‘thank you’. It really makes my day.
“I took count of how many ‘thanks’ I got. 200 passengers [and] 18 said ‘Thanks’.
“Sometimes I load my pockets with cookies, nuts, crackers, mini whiskey bottles, and whenever I pass by, I offer them.”
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However, one passenger disputed this practice, saying they didn’t think it was fair.
The traveller wrote: “I get that you like when people are nice and say hello, but making them wait longer than others just because they didn’t is petty, power-trippy and just as [bad] as not being nice”
The flight attendant defended this though, explaining: “I don’t make them wait longer…I just go the extra mile giving good guys drinks, even when I shouldn’t be.”
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Meanwhile, another flight attendant recently revealed a cabin crew trick that could help passengers even after they have exited the plane.
Tim Brierley, a JetBlue flight attendant in the USA shared his advice on how to beat jet lag with Boston news site Boston.com.
He explained that the major way to beat the exhausting condition is to trick your body into understanding the time zone.
Brierley advises setting your watch, mobile phone or any other timepiece to the exact time f your destination.
“I always set my watch to the time zone of my destination as soon as I get on the plane,” said Brierley.
“I find that the fewer reminders I have of the difference in time zone, the better.
“There have been times when I have been feeling great after a flight, only to look at my watch and realise that it is actually 2am according to my body clock, which inevitably leads to me realising how tired I should be, and then I feel tired.”