Would you like to have a much more pleasant experience the next time you fly? Consider making friends with your flight attendant. You don’t actually have to become full-fledged buddies with the cabin crew, but there are steps you can take to improve relations with flight attendants and have a better time in the skies, going forward. It might mean the difference between you getting an extra pillow or some snacks when you’re feeling peckish.
Begin with a greeting. Many business travelers are so frazzled or focused on their agenda that they barely register the flight attendants when boarding the airplane. Instead of ignoring the people who provide you service and help keep you safe during the flight, it pays to acknowledge them, noted a recent article at Huffington Post. All you need to do is say hello to the crew as you head toward your seat. Listen to what they have to say. You might hear some interesting stories from the cabin crew if you take the time to exchange pleasantries.
Be prepared. Take out items that you know you’ll be needing from your carry-on bag before you board the aircraft. Otherwise, you will be pawing through your bag, holding up the line of passengers who all still need to get into their seats, making it harder on the flight attendants.
And while you’re at it, if the carry-on bag is too heavy for you to lift, it’s not very good form to hope an attendant will take care of that for you. If the bag weighs too much for you to handle, you should check it. Bear in mind that airlines typically don’t let attendants hoist bags because of safety issues and the added exertion it would require if they did that all day long.
You’re used to flight attendants bringing passengers snacks. Why not turn it around and bring some treats for them? Huffington Post noted that airlines don’t feed flight attendants, and these workers in the sky often get little chance to eat during a 12-hour shift. Bring some candy bars or other treats and hand them out to the crew as a way of saying thanks for their service. They’ll be sure to hold you in higher regard.
It makes sense to treat airline attendants with the same courtesy and respect that you give to anyone else working in a service position. As the saying goes, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. The nicer you are in the skies, the more pleasant your trip should be.