Hey beautiful babes! As you know (or may not know) I work as a Flight Attendant for a major airline in Dallas. I was training the Flight Attendant’s for a little over a year and I LOVED it. Now that I’m back to work flying full time though, I wanted to share a few tips, tricks, do’s, and dont’s when traveling in the friendly skies. I think even if you don’t fly often, it’s important to be properly educated and prepared so we all can have a great flying experience! Let’s find out what Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying.
Here we go!
1. DO purchase snacks inside of security if you know it’s going to be a long flight. Some airlines have great food choices, others unfortunately don’t, so come prepared! Almonds, bananas, oranges, Chex mix, and binto boxes are my go-to choices! Most airports have little snack stores or even full blown restaurants. Grub away!
2. We all have to go, and when you’re on a four hour flight, you more than likely will have to use the lavatory at some point. While the airlines try their best to keep these clean for the paying passengers, they usually don’t deep clean them everyday. GROSS. So, bring some hand sanitizer, sani-wipes, and please for the love of all that is sanitary…WEAR SHOES! Yes. This happens.
3. For the mother’s out there, y’all rock. Traveling with children is probably way harder than it looks, so props to you! I understand you may need to change your baby’s blowout in a jiffy, but please DON’T use the tray tables. Even if you have a changing pad, people eat off of these things. There are changing tables on most if not all aircraft. DO ask a Flight Attendant to direct you toward one, bring those handy sani-wipes, and go to work, mama.
PRO TIP: Ask the Flight Attendant for a garbage bag to dispose of the diaper in. The lavatory trash cans don’t get changed as often as you think and we would totally appreciate it if you put the poopy diaper somewhere where we can’t all smell it. For everyone else, maybe bring some Lysol wipes for those trays. 😉
4. I’m always SO cold when I fly as a passenger. So I try to wear some comfy workout clothes, sneakers, and I bring a small blanket.
PRO TIP: Sit towards the back of the aircraft and middle if you like being a bit more chilly. It’s Antarctic up in there. Everyone else, go towards the front, it’s a bit warmer!
5. DO get to the airport about 2 hours before your flight DEPARTS. This will give you plenty of time to check bags if you need, get through security, get something to eat, and board without rushing through. If you’re late due to traffic or poor planning, please DON’T take it out on the workers trying to help you.
6. If you choose to sit in the very front row without a seat in front of you, your bags will have to go up in the overhead bins. DO plan for that if you’re itching for the leg room or to zoom off the plane! We totally get it, but just please cooperate with the rules of the bulkhead. DON’T get upset when the Flight Attendant’s ask you to put it up. I promise you, we are NOT singling you out nor are we trying to pick on you. Flight Attendants want you to know and understand that it’s just a Federal Aviation Regulation and we are just doing our jobs. 😘
7. DO press your call light button if you need anything during the flight (after we have taken off and it’s safe for us to get up.) DON’T press your call light button while on an active taxi way just to get a Coke. PLEASE.
8. DO press your call light button at any time during the flight if you experience a medical emergency. We are highly trained and will be there to help you immediately.
9. DO make sure to have eaten something before you fly and drink plenty of water during the flight. Being 40,000 feet in the air does some funky stuff to our bodies and if you are slightly dehydrated or malnourished when you take off, you’ll be at risk of possibly passing out or worse during the flight…which flight attendants want you to know…we don’t want.
10. DON’T under any circumstances tug on our clothes or poke us just to get a refill or for us to take your trash. We don’t touch you, please don’t touch us. It’s not a petting zoo. UNLESS it’s an emergency of course. We are there to help!
11. DO use headphones if you choose to watch or listen to any media on your phones or iPads. This is just to be courteous to the passengers around you who may not want to listen to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Baby Shark over and over. 🙂
12. DON’T down four Jack and Coke’s in the airport and try to stumble your way onto the plane. If we suspect someone may appear to be intoxicated, we can refuse boarding due to foreseeable issues at 40,000 feet. If you choose to order some drinks on the flight, DO understand that we are not just a free for all flying bar. There are rules. We will limit alcohol intake and can “cut you off” if we feel it is unsafe to continue serving you. Think about it, no one wants to be stuck in a metal tube, zooming through the sky with someone who may be unstable for a long period of time. Don’t get us wrong though, we want you to enjoy yourself and have a great time, just please be aware of this.
13. DON’T under any circumstances consume your own liquor on the plane. Once again, we have rules and we can only allow you to consume alcohol we provide you from the time you board until the time you deplane. You are absolutely allowed to bring mini bottles of alcohol onto the plane with you if they are under the 3.4 oz liquid limit. However, please don’t drink it on the plane. People get those confused.
14. DO understand that when the forward lavatory is occupied, we can’t have ANYONE standing or waiting by it. This is due to heightened security measures and I promise, we are NOT just trying to pick on you. Once again, we are here primarily for your safety. It applies to everyone.
15. DO enjoy yourselves! I work for a great airline that encourages fun and love around every corner and we want YOU to experience the best flight of your life. Share with the flight attendants where you’re traveling to and why. Let us know what we can do to help you on the flight. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or life event or mourning someone you lost. We are here to help make your experience more enjoyable and an unforgettable one. Although we are primarily there for your safety, flight attendants want you to know that YOU matter and we really do care!