The glizt & glamour of being a flight attendant is something we should all be jealous of right?
Well not according to this Quora question page!
We were that shocked after reading some of the entries we decided to round up some of the weirdest things flight attendants have ever seen.
And the turkey comes too….
Of course lots of people find it very difficult to fly without someone to give them confidence. Emotional support animals may be becoming increasingly common, but the prize for unusual travelling companion must go to the lady who couldn’t contemplate flying without her emotional support turkey. Yes, turkey, as in bird.
It turned out that she had rescued the bird as a chick after her husband’s death, and had found that the growing turkey provided great comfort in her grief. So she arranged for the bird to be transported through the airport to the departure gates in a wheelchair, then brought on board.
The bird was called “Easter”. Obviously, it wouldn’t have been entirely tactful to call it “Christmas”. However its owner was flying to spend Christmas with her dead husband’s brother and family. One can only hope that the menu, both on board the Delta airlines flight and when she arrived at her destination, was tactful in its choice of meat.
Another companion animal brought on board by besotted owner, was a pig which unfortunately disgraced itself in the aisle, causing flight disruption and delay.
Never work with children either….
Many flight attendants attest to the fact that parents, and even nannies when they are flying as well, seem to think that their responsibility for their offspring is magically removed at the departure gate. Tales of parents’ appalling behavior are legion. One parent, plainly spotting the signs that their child was about to vomit, pushed the infant through the curtains into business class, so it would be sick on the floor there.
One flight attendant even recalls having to brandish a baby above her head and yell, “Whose baby is this?” in an effort to identify the parents who had long ceased to take any interest. And pity the poor attendant who was called to a passenger with a toddler, who had instructed the toddler to take a dump on the floor in front of the seat and who now wished the attendant to clear up the resulting mess.
Of course, not all parents expect flight crew to look after their children’s toileting needs. No indeed – because it’s not unknown for a mother to drop the snack tray in front of the seat, and proceed to use it as a changing pad for a baby with an extremely dirty bottom. You might like to think of that the next time you get served an airline meal.
Some people’s definition of a baby can cause a few problems and end up among the weirdest things flight attendants have seen. One attendant reports that she’s not the only one who has had to tell a woman she cannot breastfeed on the flight. Before we all start writing protest letters, there would have been no problem had she been breastfeeding a baby. She was in fact breastfeeding a cat. Yes, seriously. And this is apparently not an isolated incident. The indignant responses to the flight attendant usually include “But I’m just feeding my baby”.
One man’s meal…
There are people who like to make their own meal on board. In the old days, on flights from places such as Afghanistan, this might mean passengers getting out gas camping stoves and brewing up tea. Of course, these days nothing like that is allowed. But that has by no means diminished the weirdness when it comes to eating and drinking on board.
For example, there are those who think a good way to make soup is to use the airline water, blissfully unaware that the water lines are not cleaned because somehow nobody realised that anyone was going to try and make food using them.
One flight attendant received a complaint from a passenger that the small portion size of the coke can he was served made it impossible for him to burp properly. Another traveller repeatedly called to the nearest flight attendant for water. He was disturbing the other passengers who were settling down to sleep. The attendant pointed to the overhead button, situated next to the round air vent and asked the passenger to use it to call for service.
Possibly the passenger’s English was not entirely fluent but he was keen to comply. Sure enough, the passenger service call was soon active. The attendant went to him, and was astonished to see the passenger standing up, his mouth around the air funnel, eagerly pressing the button in an attempt to get the water to come out.
And then there was the passenger who insisted that her dinner had a bad potato in it. The flight attendant politely explained that there were no spare dinners on this particular flight, so she would have to put the potato aside and just eat the rest of the dinner. The passenger was not having this and continued with loud complaints, so a senior member of the flight crew was called over to talk to her.
He asked her what the problem was and she pointed at the potato and said, “Bad potato!”. Whereupon, the attendant speared the potato, and wagging his finger at it, said, “Very bad potato! Naughty potato!” He then carefully put the potato back on the passenger’s plate and told her, in his most reassuring voice, “I think you’ll find you get no more trouble from that particular potato.” And off he walked, job done, sanity saved. His sanity anyway, if not the passenger’s.
Where are we exactly?…
Many passengers seem unaware that the world is large and bits of it are quite empty. It’s routine for flight attendants to be asked why the Wi-Fi is not working and to have to point out to the passenger, that the plane is currently over the North Pole and it’s not exactly a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Similarly, some travellers assume that weather is just one more aspect of the service, and if it’s not good, a simple request to the flight crew will get it fixed. So demands to stop the turbulence immediately, so the flight will be smoother, are not at all uncommon. The same group of people often includes those passengers who ask for the window to be opened when the plane is at 40,000 feet.
So the next time you get on a plane, make sure you’re not the weirdo who’s going to feature on one of the “passenger shaming” sites which flight attendants use to get their own back when their day at work has been even stranger than usual. You can’t blame the flight crews – just when they think they’ve seen it all, along comes a new weirdness.