On Sunday, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass Post a photo that went viral on Twitter. In it, his two daughters were sitting on an airplane, busy with their machines, and the floor around them was covered in popcorn. He said a flight attendant asked his wife, who was 22 weeks pregnant, to pick up popcorn. “are you kidding me?!?!” he wrote.
Bass was furious, however Twitter wasn’t sure He was entitled to be. 1 Twitter user answered“Not gonna lie, the fact that the flight attendant has the guts to have a passenger clean up his MESS kind of makes me want to fly United more,” and another books“,” My wife had to be a parent! This is you now.”
While the jury is still out in terms of who is right here (People have a lot of opinions), we decided to ask flight attendants what things passengers expect them to do that are not their jobs. That’s what they had to say.
1. Put your bags in the upper bin.
“Expecting flight attendants to lift your baggage and put it in the overhead bin is one of the biggest misconceptions about the role of flight attendants. Asking us to do so is a quick way to present yourself as a pain on the plane and start your journey on the wrong side of the crew. Lifting passenger baggage is not only our responsibility, We also ask airlines not to do this, and if we suffer an injury as a result of lifting baggage, we will not be protected by the company’s medical leave and injury wage protection. I’ve seen passengers leave their bags in the aisle and tell flight attendants to deal with it.” – Guy Robert, Flight Attendant and Founder Fly man travels
2. Fix flight delays.
People think that all crew members have the “keys” to the plane. Once our flight was delayed due to the plane not arriving – apparently stuck in another city [due to] Weather problems – The crew and I decided to go for pizza and all the passengers were looking at us with daggers in their eyes. As if it was our choice, and we put it off.” – Paula Keyrouz, flight attendant with Air France
3. Get an unlimited amount of the food you want.
“People magically expect us to get more chicken meals when they run out of chicken at the end of your meal service.” – Ella Korine, former flight attendant with Air New Zealand
“When you run out of meal options, the hostess can’t go back to the kitchen and cook your choice of meal you’ve been craving. We don’t have an endless supply of food to stock, and we don’t make 100% of every meal. It’s not possible to carry that much food. If you don’t If your choice of meal is available, don’t expect the crew to literally pop it up in the air. Just be grateful you got a meal a mile in the sky.” – Robert
4. Heat something up in the microwave for you.
It’s not that flight attendants don’t do that Wants The food you brought home or that bottle of baby formula to keep warm – there’s nowhere to warm it.
“[People ask us to] Heat something in the microwave for them. …we don’t have microwaves. – Cathy Richardson, flight attendant with United Airlines
5. Holding connecting flights.
“We are not responsible nor are we able to hold planes. Thanks to modern technology, your connecting flight knows your next flight is being delayed. Airlines have a whole department that monitors flight delays and connections, and they instruct connecting gates to hold flights if flight schedules allow. You don’t need to. Until you ask the flight attendants again and again to hold flights. What the crew can do is, before landing, move you to an empty seat toward the front of the cabin you’re flying in, if there are any available, so that you have a better chance of making your connection.” – Robert
6. Changing weather.
“[People act like] I have a direct line to Mother Nature! In fact, I have a speed dial, let me call her and tell her to stop thunderstorms, hail, snow, heavy rain, tornadoes, etc. – Kim Hamrick, flight attendant with Southwest Airlines
7. Browse the trash to find something you lost.
“Someone left their dentures on the meal tray after they were collected and expected the crew to go through every possible garbage cart and tray to find their dentures.” – Ranjana Dayani, Flight Attendant with Glorietta Air
8. Be happy 100% of the time.
“While we may be superheroes in the skies, flight attendants are not machines. Don’t take it personally if a flight attendant seems to be having a bad day or isn’t as spirited as you think. The truth is, the job is very stressful, and it’s not uncommon for Crews work over 15 hours on literally minutes’ sleep. When I’ve flown some of the world’s longest flights, it wasn’t uncommon to be on duty for close to 30 hours with only three to four hours of rest during the flight. Between the sleep deprivation and the time changes and energy required to receive and care for so many strangers in an enclosed space, you’ll understand why some flight attendants simply don’t have the energy to provide more than the bare minimum.” – Robert
Some responses have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.