We’ve all seen the news lately. Passengers have been caught doing some pretty rowdy things: punching flight attendants in the face, opening emergency exits, and even storming the cockpit. But you’re probably thinking, “ok, but how often does that sort of stuff *REALLY* happen?”. The answer is, they happen a LOT. We’ve asked our followers to share some of the rudest things that passengers have said and done to them and some of their answers may even surprise you!
5, 12, and 17 happen all the time!
1. The Vending Machine
2. Keep Your Bodily Fluids to Yourself
3. Pony Up
4. JetBlue has AMAZING FA’s… Including This One!
5. [email protected]#$ing Sandwiches!
6. Long-Distance Calls
7. No More Bag Fees!
8. Your Racism is Showing
9. Traveling Tramps
10. Homophobia, How Original
11. Lav Door Says “Push”
12. Flight Attendants Aren’t Mechanics (Most Days)
13. Don’t Touch Me… Or My Food!
14. I’m Not a Trash Can
15. Grown Men are Babies
16. Bladder Control
17. That’s Not How It Works
19. And I hope your… Nevermind
20. Sexy Grandma
21. You Snap? I Snap!
22. Recycled Materials
23. Service Is Cancelled
24. I *Am* the Manager!
25. Old Fashioned = Sexist
26. No Petting
27. My Job > Your Job
These are just some of the many stories we shared from our Instagram followers. The truth is, we are poked, prodded, and insulted more times than we can count. Bottom line? Be nice to your flight attendants! We’ve been through a LOT – but at the end of the day, we still love our jobs – and we’d still risk our lives to save you if there were a crash!
Have any of these scenarios happened to you? Tell us your stories in the comments!
A male first class passenger had a compliment and a criticism for me. I’m always eager to learn and was open to his thoughts.
“You’re beautiful” (ugh).
“If you wore more makeup and did 6 weeks of intensive workouts you’d be perfect”
Miami-NYC rotations are not for the faint of heart. He caught me looking at him through a fork … I had to remind myself that I wouldn’t look “beautiful” behind bars.
Got called a f**king f**got one day because I asked someone a second time to please put their mask on. I’m transgender.
Dude, I was a cop for 20 years, you’re going to have to try harder. However since I don’t know if there are others on board or have family/friends who are LGBT so that language is unacceptable so the information was sent immediately to corporate security.
Another time someone else said to their daughter that it’s important to go to college so you don’t end up like her. I then said she’s right, I have two college degrees and I can see the world free.
I was on my way to the airport, wearing my uniform when I stopped for gas. The guy who worked at the gas station (this was in NJ, so no self-serve) saw my college sticker on my car. Incredulous, he said to me, “you wasted our tax dollars to go this university so that you could be a flight attendant??” I felt like saying “and you pump gas,” but retained my self composure.
A group of football British Passengers flight from London-Vienna. During meal service one of them touch my butt and act like he didn’t do anything, and just smiled at me during service. later on, at decent after asking them to fastened their seatbelts, again he was friendly and asked me if i can meet them in the city, have drinks and have sex 🤦🏻♂️ how rude really the british are! It happened to me for the second time.
Ha ha, now ask Gate Agents the same question, but be prepared for violence. Believe it or not, these people have a filter when talking to flight attendants that they *do not* have on the ground.
Maybe a little. I think these comments don’t really show the aggressiveness of the worst of the worst. I alone, could offer a handful of stories that have ended in violence onboard. Unfortunately- we can’t ask people to leave or call security backup, and have a 30,000 ft decent before we can get help. Not to compare, because it’s not comparable.. But “haha” means a gate agent has never been stuck in an aircraft, in the air, with people for 4-18 hours straight. It’s like taking all the people you just dealt with and putting their same personalities and reactions into a tiny uncomfortable tube in the sky. We are all actually in it together. The airline I worked for always had a “they-us” mentality between FA’s & CS/GAgents. Always annoyed me. Still does.
The oddest thing about all this is that as a delivery trucker, I more or less experience the same thing as many cabin crews.
Everything from insults to my intelligence (I am a certified radio naval radio operator, nursing assistant, bioanalyst and my trucking education is 3½ years of study in logistics with all trucking classes attended and graduated), to being called incompetent for not endangering both them and myself to being pinched in the butt by women workers (women are actually as bad as men on that score if they believe themselves to be the majority present).
Nearly forgot. I served as a section officer (rank of Lieutenant) in the low level warning chain in our air force and have flown in aircraft such as the C-47 skytrain, C-130 H Hercules, S-61 Sea King, OH-6 Cayuse, M-101 Merlin, so aircraft and flying is an integral part of my life and interest as well. I still take part in operations with the M-101 Merlin helo as a navigator and communications specialist with the Danish Naval Home Guard.
I’m not a FA, but I wanted to weigh in with this gem: Boarding was almost complete on a Delta Airlines flight from LAX to ATL. I was seated in the first class cabin. Young, male flight attendant of Asian descent speaking perfect English with zero foreign accent (in other words, clearly American) is coming through the cabin asking passengers if they would like a newspaper (this is pre-COVID). Grown man across the aisle from me says to him, excitedly, “I was just in Asia! Beautiful place! What country are you from?!” The very quick, curt, and completely appropriate reply: “California. Would you like a newspaper?”