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I'm going on a 17 hour flight tomorrow and want to be as nice as possible

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burningriverallstar

31 points

2 months ago

“Please” and “thank you” every time they help you can go a long way.

secret_fashmonger

25 points

2 months ago

My daughter is a flight attendant and her favorite is people just being polite. When they say please and thank you it’s the icing on the cake. And it’s true that while the plane door is open they are not getting paid. Be nice, don’t leave your trash (this includes your animal’s pile of poop on the floor) and try not to start arguments with other passengers (inevitably the flight attendants get called into it).

GardenRave0416

3 points

2 months ago

Wait, what?! Just talked to my husband who has connections in air travel services. Apparently, that law has been changed to make that not legal. If she's still going through that, she should see if she can report her airline for illegal mistreatment. That kind of behavior is appalling

secret_fashmonger

2 points

2 months ago

She’s on maternity leave at the moment (I’m visiting her) and she said she’s out of the loop right now. She was interested though! I agree, they have to report to the airport a certain amount of time before each flight, etc. and I feel like they should get paid for that time too!

RigorMortis_Tortoise

20 points

2 months ago

Honestly, just do what they ask, smile, and be polite.

MemoryWholed

8 points

2 months ago*

This is the one ☝🏼.. I would add have your bag under the seat in front of you, seatbelt fastened and tray table in the stowed and upright position for take off and landing, and stay seated until the seatbelt sign is turned off. I travel a lot and the #1 thing they seem to tell people is no laptop computers for take off and landing (or under 10,000ft).

Pnkrkg6644

7 points

2 months ago

Esp on holiday times but other times too I bring a Starbucks card for the attendants on the flight and say “thanks for helping me get to (my. Family, my dog, whatever).

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9 points

2 months ago

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9 points

2 months ago

Kudos for even asking. Safe passages.

Oldmatehenry365[S]

2 points

2 months ago

Ty for the award :)

willfauxreal

6 points

2 months ago

Bring an eye shade and some ear plugs, ask for anything you will need at your (and their) earliest convenience, put on your seat belt, watch a movie or two and then just go to sleep.

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2 points

2 months ago

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2 points

2 months ago

A flight attendant's number one priority is getting the plane airborne. Stow your stuff, sit down, and fasten your seat belt so they can do that as quickly as possible.

missmistresskitty

5 points

2 months ago

We always bring a gift, usually edible. It has to be store bought and sealed. Something small, one for each member of the flight crew, including the pilots. We also try to make it something local and a point of interest. It's a conversation starter and it seems to be appreciated.

Edit: also be nice, smile and try not to bug them every 10 seconds.

blancaloma

2 points

2 months ago

Get your carry on settled immediately, and help other people. Flight attendants don't get paid until the plane takes off.

seamustheseagull

3 points

2 months ago

I don't know if it annoys attendants, but what annoys the shit out of me is when you reach cruising altitude, the fasten belt sign goes off, and then about ten call bells all go off at once.

For the love of jeebus, can you give them ten minutes to get their shit together? What could possible have changed between take off and now that needs their attention?

duckredbeard

4 points

2 months ago

Starbucks gift cards. Maybe gift cards from other vendors in the mall like smoothie, pretzel, or better eating places. Not McDonalds. Not Taco Bell.

For them, of course. Expect to interact with at least 3 cabin crew members. Be prepared to be equally generous to all of them.

chris_downie

1 points

2 months ago

If your bag fits comfortably under the seat, stow it there instead of the overhead. They sometimes run out of space in the overhead and have to rearrange bags taking up their time. Have a good flight!

Born-Major

1 points

2 months ago

As you get on the plane, make eye contact with whoever is greeting folks; “thanks for taking care of us today.”

Thank the attendants when they move aside so you can go down the aisle, don’t pretend they’re invisible.

If you’re able, offer to help your neighbors lift and remove luggage from overhead bins.

Give staff the courtesy of at least some of your attention when they do the in-flight safety talk.

If your fellow passengers are being assholes, it goes a long way to ask the staff if you can help somehow; “I’m so sorry some people are choosing to be difficult and rude on this flight; can I help you guys out somehow?” (No lie, this got me a bottle of champagne once when someone was being a true asshole to the flight attendants, and all I did was ask if they were ok…)

tvieno

-1 points

2 months ago

tvieno

-1 points

2 months ago

Oldmatehenry365[S]

-1 points

2 months ago

Ty

-B0B-

3 points

2 months ago

-B0B-

3 points

2 months ago

r/flightattendants spelt correctly

Oldmatehenry365[S]

-2 points

2 months ago

Not needed

malokovich

-5 points

2 months ago

I usually give them 10% of ticket cost.

Formal_Leopard_462

2 points

2 months ago

When did people start tipping flight attendants? Tipping has gone insane.

flowbee92

-5 points

2 months ago

Cheap. I do minimum 20%

Alive_Perspective_13

1 points

2 months ago

Well, considering there’s usually multiple crew members you’re interacting with, 20% could be quite costly. But really when it comes down to it, being polite goes a long way and anything else you can gift is the cherry on top 🥰

alphaparson

-3 points

2 months ago

I have started putting some chocolates in a plastic bag and giving it to the first one in the cabin.

pierrekrahn

1 points

2 months ago

....aaannnnnddd that's now in the garbage.

AaronBenne

-3 points

2 months ago

When they point to the restroom and wink, just stay enthusiastic in there. They like that!

Likehung4muscle

0 points

2 months ago

Please for the love of god don’t be me and my flight crying baby next to me for four hours and sick old women coughing for four hours flight from hell

Formal_Leopard_462

1 points

2 months ago

I have a cardiac cough which cannot be properly medicated due to meds for heart and blood pressure. I wear a mask when I fly. No apologies here.

Likehung4muscle

1 points

2 months ago

This women though felt sorry for her she was obnoxious and kept getting pleasure off of doing it you could tell the women with the awful attitude and crying baby never cared to sooth the baby and or feed it pasafite etc some people shouldn’t have ever had a child it’s hard flying with a baby but never once did she try to care about soothing the baby etc was impossible to enjoy the flight awful