Flying can be a nightmare for passengers. But imagine what a nightmare it can be for the flight attendants. While you’re sitting there in the cramped comfort of your airplane seat, there’s a team of flight attendants hard at work keeping everyone safe, cleaning up messes, and making sure that the mile-high club isn’t getting any new members.
Even frequent travelers don’t realize everything that goes into making their flight a success. From dealing with difficult passengers to budgeting paltry paychecks, here are all of the behind-the-scenes secrets on those 747s.
They pay attention to your clothes.
Sweats may be comfortable to fly in, but if you want better treatment aboard a plane, it doesn’t hurt to put some effort into your outfit. “I first notice how passengers are dressed. Some people dress as if they made an effort to put forth a positive impression. Others look as if they grabbed clothes off the floor and ran out of the house,” says Steffanie Rivers, a flight attendant and author of The Do’s and Don’ts of Flying: A Flight Attendant’s Guide to Airline Travel Secrets, who says that acknowledging your flight attendants as you board and looking presentable are the first steps toward getting the crew to like you.