Many if you are curious and asking about the “Behind The Scene” FAQ about Cabin Crew. Below are some findings for you that normally Cabin Crew will not tell anyone thru the PA System by explaining that “This Is What Happen Just Now..”.
Read until the end and the last pointer is my personal experience during one of my flight that was delayed due to the same reason.
1. “I not paid during boarding or until the door to the aircraft is shut. This means it’s mandatory to show up to work about 2 hours early but not be paid for it.”
2. “How gross the lavatories are. To be honest I only use the lavatories on the airplane if I need to wash my hands or if I absolutely have to go to the bathroom. If it’s a short flight and I can leave the plane, I’m definitely waiting until I can use the bathroom in the airport.”
3. ” We have to be diplomatic in situations to avoid discrimination lawsuits. For example, that man that’s overweight and spilling into your seat on a full flight? I can’t tell him to suck in his gut or ask a thin person to switch with you. However, you can, because the worst that can happen is you’ll get a no and maybe a glare. If I do, I am risking a possible lawsuit against my airline or at worst, my job. With the age of social media, a lot of things get twisted. I never want to be the flight attendant that “harassed a mother and her crying baby” or “not let allow a man with a medical condition sleep” because he snores.”
4. “The blankets and pillows get reused over and over again. They just fold em up and put them away for the next flight. So, be sure to ask for a fresh blanket one that has been sealed in a bag. That way you know its fresh/clean.”
5. “Turnover the lavatory nameplate on the door you’ll find a latch and then you can lock/unlock from the outside.”
6. “They should listen to me when we are going through the safety procedure.If the plane runs out of oxygen at altitude, you only have 15-20 seconds before passing out.”
7. ” When a plane is landing at night, we dim the interior lights incase you need to evacuate upon landing… your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you’ll be able to see better once outside the plane”
8. “We don’t enjoy delayed flights any more than you do. Sitting on the tarmac is stressful for passengers and flight attendants alike. “We’re usually on the plane an hour before the passengers to prepare for the flight, plus we’ve been at the airport for a few hours before that,”
9.”Many passengers don’t realize how much more drunk they get at 35,000 feet.”Due to the high altitude, alcohol is more powerful when you’re on a flight,”
10. “We wish you’d time your bathroom trips better.Disregarding the “fasten seatbelt” sign and jumping up to visit the lavatory whenever you need to can add to delays. There’s a sequence to taxiing and getting in line for takeoff, If somebody gets up to use the restroom, we have to tell the cockpit, and they have to stop the plane and wait until the person is back in his or her seat and buckled up. During that time we could lose our spot in line.
11. “If you’re one of those who have a big heart in giving up your seat for whatever reason without making a scene, we treat you ‘special’ -we would give you 2 bread rolls instead of one, a whole can of soda instead of rationing it, basically we would compensate you for your kindness.”
12. We know when we’re descending, even before the seatbelt sign is on. It’s true.
13. “We know how to spot a number of medical problems and deal with it (at their level at least; birth on board, cardiac arrest, overdose, burns, broken bones…)”
14. “If your boarding is delayed because they are missing a flight attendant and you see a flight attendant rushing on to the plane. That flight attendant is most likely not the flight attendant that caused the delay. At airports we have standby flight attendants (one or two at a time) who are dressed in uniform, bags packed and ready to go if a flight needs them or reserve flight attendants who get short notice to cover a trip when another coworker cannot make it.”I got to the gate within 5 minutes of my notification and met with glares from the passengers. I’ve also had 1 hour notice for a reserve flight (I live an hour away from the airport) so I was the only late crew member to show up and of course passengers were upset at me but not knowing the circumstances. I wanted to jump on the PA and say “Its not my fault”.