Crazy Things Passengers Say to Flight Attendants


The idea for The Crew Lounge was to give everyone a peek inside the life of a flight attendant. Social media has become a great resource for me to not only give you my insights but, that of my fellow co-workers. I belong to a private flight attendant chat room, and though I can't share everything with you sometimes there are funny or interesting threads that I can. So, here's what I overheard in "the crew room" this week!

A flight attendant asks, "what is the craziest thing a passenger has said to you?"

  • Kim: I had a lady ring her call bell and ask me how to roll the window down...SERIOUSLY!! I had to hold in my reaction. I asked another flight attendant to go help the lady, as I couldn't. We laughed about that one the rest of the flight!!
  • Terry: A man asked if my mother knew what I did for a living??? I said yes..His reply........She knows you walk around looking at crotches?! (I was doing seat belt check).
  • Stacey: A passenger's kid throws up ALL OVER THE PLACE and ME, then looks at me and asks " who do I see to get my cleaning voucher " .. Can't make this stuff up people!
  • Tina: I had a passenger ask me "what is that pin on your uniform?" I told him it was an alumni pin from Temple University, which is where I went. He went on to say how he's heard that it's a good school, etc. and then said "If one of my kids would have gone to a four year college and became a stewardess I'd kill them." I said, I went to college for an education, not job training. 
  • Lisa: I had a creepy passenger that I had to ask to stop drinking his duty free booze tell me at the end of the flight, as he was deplaning, "thank you for everything sweetheart. I have a special place for you in my basement". WTH!!!!
  • Doug: Several years ago, I had a young guy (who I believe had been partying too much) ask me if he could borrow my deodorant. Even though he really needed some, I didn't oblige!
  • Nellie: I told a passenger who was holding his garment bag that he needed to stow it. He said, "If it was a baby you'd let me hold it."
  • Amy: On today's flight to Belfast, a customer asked me to help her locate her missing tooth in her luggage. When I refused to get into her bag and search for her missing tooth, she has asked the captain for a complaint letter!
  • Gayle: In September, working a flight from AMS to IAD, a woman wanted to know if we had SHOES for sale onboard. We were all about ready to sell her our inflights (shoes) for the right price!
  • Elizabeth: I had a woman in first class take off her pants in the aisle (though she was standing next to the lav) and ask me to hang them up for her, while she stood there in her pantyhose!
  • Pat: I had a man ask me if then plane was going to stop at the "Sky Mall" on this flight.

That's just a few! Listen to episode 78 of The Crew Lounge, for more!


Cook December 28, 2011 at 07:30 pm

Question: What is the univeral difference between FAs' blogs and Pilot's blogs? Answer: The pilots talk about the joys of the flying life, both on the air and on the ground. FAs, almost universally make fun or or complain about their passenger customers. It is getting a bit OLD girls (and boys). Can't you find something else to blog about? Have you never had a positive experience that is worth reporting? Common theme? Read a few other FA blogs. Darn few are written for the flying public; most are little more than a release point and aimed at other FAs. Tiresom at best! Question: Are t here ANY (active) FA blogs with a fun, positive theme? Answer: Unknown. Maybe someone will find one.