When we hop on a plane to our glamorous summer getaways, chances are that the very last thing we do is spare a thought for the flight attendants.
I happened to come across Sharon Wingler’s accounts of being an air hostess recently while researching some features about the hazards of flying, and at least a few of her pet “in-flight peeves” will probably strike a chord with us passengers, too.
So spare a thought for the hard-working cabin crew…and here’s Sharon’s “annoying passengers” list – in no particular order!
• Parents who ask their two-year-old what he or she wants to drink – while we wait and wait and wait.
• People who put their luggage on top of the pillows and blankets and then ask us for pillows and blankets.
• People who ask us for a pillow, watch us open every bin to find one and then, when we bring it, ask us for a blanket.
• People who watch their neighbour ask us for something and then, when we bring it, ask us for the same thing.
• People who see us serving meals but make us hold their tray and wait while they finally clear their papers or computer off their tray tables.
• People who order a special meal and then decide they prefer the regular one.
• People who paint their nails on the plane – the smell is overpowering!
• People who take off their shoes then put their bare feet up on the wall or seats.
• People who cough or sneeze without covering their nose and mouth.
• People who get up during flight turbulence.
• People whose elbows, legs, feet and purse straps in the aisle bruise and trip us.
• People who won’t promptly turn off their electronic gadgets and computers for landing.
• People who expect us to lift their luggage overhead for them. If you can’t lift it…
• People who let their child ring the call-bell, draw, or place stickers right on the tray table.
• Those who forget the words Please and Thank you.
• People who shake their ice at us when they want a drink refill.
• “Touchers” who poke, tap, grab, or tug on our aprons to get our attention while we are busy serving someone else.
• Soft-talkers: People who speak too softly or just mouth the words.
• People who hang out in our galley. It’s the only refuge we have in which to restore ourselves for our next daring venture into the aisles.
• People who look at us and say, “Smile!”