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For frequent flyers, listening as flight attendants deliver the standard safety presentation can feel a bit like hearing your grandparents tell the story of how they first met: you know it’s important, but you’ve heard it dozens — if not hundreds — of times before, and could probably recite it verbatim if needed. Yet instead of listening politely, as you would if grandpa was talking, you fire up a game of poker on your iPhone. FYI: those flight attendants can see what you’re doing — and they don’t like it one bit!
When Business Insider recently asked some cabin crew members to share their biggest passenger pet peeves, more than 60 happily chimed in. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they were in pretty strong agreement about the most obnoxious flyer behaviors — some of them obvious, some of them little things that would drive you crazy as well and others that may never have even occurred to you. Here’s a look at some of the most annoying habits cited:
Not saying hello: Courtesy starts as you enter the plane. Not acknowledging the crew that’s there to assist you at 40,000 feet isn’t typically the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Not listening to the safety presentation: “Be a little more respectful of crew while we are just trying to do our jobs,” implored one crew member. (We told you).
Handing them your trash whenever someone walks by: Passengers know to drool like Pavlov’s dog when they hear the beverage cart come rolling — yet they somehow don’t want to wait until the allotted “trash pickup” time to start handing their empty coffee cups over.
Touching them: Personal space is at a premium on a plane, even in the most spacious of first-class cabins. But that’s no reason to put your hands on a member of the flight crew. “I have been poked, prodded and tugged on too many times to remember,” admitted one interviewee.
Using the bathroom whenever you feel like it: The seatbelt sign exists for a reason — namely, for a passenger’s safety. When it’s on, the crew is telling you that it’s not in your best interest to be moving about the cabin. Listen to them! Even more importantly: don’t get up to use the bathroom when that light is on and the plane is descending. “This leads to flight delays,” said one interviewee.
The Business Insider article goes on to list 16 more ways you might be making flight attendants’ temperatures rise. Now, it’s time to fess up: how many of these are you guilty of?
H/T: Business Insider
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