Five Things You Should Know About Flying, According To Flight Attendants

Five Things You Should Know About Flying, According To Flight Attendants

Flying is a pretty cool experience — you’re sitting 10,668.00m up in the air after all — but it can also be tiring, uncomfortable, and dirty. In a recent Reddit thread, flight attendants revealed some of the less glamorous aspects of flying.

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Reddit asked flight attendants: “what do passengers *not* know?” The answers were interesting, occasionally disturbing, and also fairly useful. Here are a few of the best.

Don’t Bother Marking “Fragile” Luggage

“A bag marked fragile will get thrown just as hard as every other bag being quickly packed into the bin.”

How to Ensure You’ll Find the Exit in any Emergency

“Count the seat backs to the closest exit. Good chance you won’t be able to see in some types of accidents.”

“See You Next Time” Is Code

When we say “see you next time” to certain passengers as they deplane after arrival, that’s our code word for “f-ck you – I hope you never fly with us again”.

Turbulence Probably Won’t Crash the Plane

“It is nearly impossible for turbulence to crash a plane (even the bad stuff). Turbulence is only dangerous because of things flying around the cabin and that includes people not wearing seat belts. Most accidents happen at take off and landing that’s why we make you do all of those things before take off and landing.”

Don’t Argue If You Get Cut Off

Since the altitude of the plane…thins your blood alcohol will hit you harder. We were told one in the air for two on the ground. Also, it is illegal to be intoxicated on a plane and it is illegal for us to get you drunk. So if we cut you off don’t argue we may serve you later if you’re nice.”

Some of the other anecdotes in the thread aren’t particularly useful, but they’re still interesting, if only out of morbid curiosity. Check them all out for yourself at the link below.

Flight Attendants of Reddit: What do the passengers *not* know? [Reddit]


  • “See you next time” is code for “fuck you?” Don’t they say that to everyone when deplaning? “Thank you for flying with us and we hope to see you again soon.”

  • On a recent flight OS I drank way more than I should have, but it didn’t affect me as mentioned above. One thing it did do was give me an incredible craving for a cigarette (I’m a smoker). So if you want to get through a flight without cigarette cravings my suggestion is don’t drink. If you’re a smoker.

    The ashtrays in the toilets didn’t help either, even though they hadn’t been used in a while.

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