These 20 Shocking Secrets Your Flight Attendants Won’t Tell You

They can confirm how unhealthy airplane food is.

woman getting ready to eat her airplane food

That airplane food isn’t any better for you than it looks. “It is really, really bad for you,” says a flight attendant for a major airline. “Even in training, we are told [airplane meals] are nutritionally useless because of the salt, sugar, fat, and simple carb content. Once in a while is fine, but if you are a frequent traveler, look into other options.”

They hate it when you treat them like waiters.

flight attendant giving food to a passenger

Think flight attendants are just glorified waiters? Think again. “FAs go through rigorous training at my airline; five weeks, six days a week for about 10 hours a day. It’s pretty intense,” says one flight attendant. “If you score less than 90 percent on a written test, you are sent home. My five weeks I spent at FA training were more difficult than the four years I spent getting my Bachelor’s degree.”

Flight attendant training not only includes learning technical details of the plane you’ll be flying on, there’s also heavy safety training, with flight attendants learning how to safely evacuate the aircraft and even extinguish onboard fires. Point being: it’s a tough job.

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