Flying via airplane is the fastest way to get to a certain destination. Some flights may take minutes, while others require hours and even transfers that may take days. Being in the sky requires comfort and the people you can rely on are the flight attendants. Flight attendants are trained to provide excellent customer service while ensuring comfort and safety. They greet you with pleasant smiles, make sure you have everything you need, and are always ready to address your concerns. Being a flight attendant ain’t easy. You have to deal with flight delays and cancellations, early morning wake up calls, adjust to different personalities of passengers, the list goes on. Here we compiled a couple of absurd things flight attendants observed inflight. Dirty, smelly diapers can cause a plane to emergency land. The BBC reports that in March 2015, a British Airways flight from London to Dubai was forced to turn around because of a “smelly poo.” The captain landed the plane because the “liquid fecal excrement” posed a health and safety problem.
The aircraft can only recycle and clean air by 50% so the smell could not be eliminated. The passengers were requested to take the next flight, which was 15 hours later, so they have to check in for the night. Another inappropriate behavior is placing the feet on the toilet seat, squatting while you pee. The toilet is a common facility for passengers. It is courtesy to leave it clean for the next user. Passengers who stand up on toilet seats or do not flush at all are just plain rude. Before leaving the toilet, ask yourself “would i like to enter the room with this?”. Another odd behavior is nail clipping. We understand that you may be busy and all but cutting nails in flight is distracting and impolite considering the nails splashing all around. It also is messy and unhygienic. Talk about gross! Clutter is a big headache for flight attendants. Although part of their job is to clean the aircraft before and after boarding, it is not their job to be a garbage collector. Such act reflects a person’s personality and who would want to be labelled as such? Another inappropriate behavior to do on a plane is having poor timing.
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Getting up when the seat belt light is on, occupying the toilet when the plane is about to land, submitting your trash just when food is being served, and many more. We as passengers have to observe the events on the plane and adjust accordingly, not the other way around. These are just some of the common problems a flight attendant can come across with.There are a lot of ups and downs being a flight attendant and one can never really say when and what can happen. Although the perks are golden, the misfortunes can come aplenty. Being a flight attendant requires patience. Lots and lots of patience. At the end of the day, people go. The only thing you can do while above ground is to take a deep breath, smile and repeat. Afterall, blessings pour to those who help.