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Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:49 pm

Pilots and lovers of aviation,

I respectfully request your input on what pet peeves you have about flight attendants. What were some of the worst or best flight attendant experiences you have ever had?

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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:04 am

Worst ever:

An America West flight landing at ORD; as we began taxiing to the gate the F/A announced "Welcome to Chicago International."
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:11 pm

When they do the normal airline credit card announcement on initial descent (mostly AA or NK) and then you get the occasional flight attendant who likes hearing herself/himself speak and just ramble on and on and on about the card and its benefits and where you can go if you apply for it on this special flight that such a promotion is being offered. Especially annoying on red eye flights that land in the wee hours of the morning. Other than that, I have no other concerns because I've made friends with quite a few flight attendants.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:44 pm

One of the last times I flew AA, a flight attendant asked the man next to me if he'd like to move to the exit row for extra leg room. I'm 6 feet 4 inches tall, so naturally I was annoyed. I switched to DL and started ponying up for first class.

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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:49 pm

Get. off. the. damn. public. address. speaker.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:41 am

jeffh747 wrote:
When they do the normal airline credit card announcement on initial descent (mostly AA or NK) and then you get the occasional flight attendant who likes hearing herself/himself speak and just ramble on and on and on about the card and its benefits and where you can go if you apply for it on this special flight that such a promotion is being offered. Especially annoying on red eye flights that land in the wee hours of the morning. Other than that, I have no other concerns because I've made friends with quite a few flight attendants.


Ha, ha...I had the exact same thing happen to me regarding a credit card offer on a recent flight from Cancun to MIA.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:03 pm

Thanks everyone!
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:32 am

So trivial, but probably when they make an announcement about "If you have any connections" late at night on regional flights that clearly are scheduled to terminate into airports that are really small and rarely if ever have connections.

My home airport is really small and people rarely ever connect even during the normal outbound hours of the East coast, yet there are times we will land on-time just prior to midnight and the FA will still recommend looking at the board for connections etc.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:55 am

SpinOn2 wrote:
So trivial, but probably when they make an announcement about "If you have any connections" late at night on regional flights that clearly are scheduled to terminate into airports that are really small and rarely if ever have connections.

My home airport is really small and people rarely ever connect even during the normal outbound hours of the East coast, yet there are times we will land on-time just prior to midnight and the FA will still recommend looking at the board for connections etc.


Ha, that bothers me also. Most recently heard it in DLH where the plane just turns around and goes directly back to the hub.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:03 pm

1. Unnecessary/repetitive announcements over the PA
2. The over-use of the phrase "at this time" in said announcements
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 pm

When I'm watching a movie in a longhaul flight and they keep stopping their own announcement because they forget what they're aying that pauses my movie 6 times.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:52 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
When I'm watching a movie in a longhaul flight and they keep stopping their own announcement because they forget what they're aying that pauses my movie 6 times.


Ah yes, or when they pause your show to make a 3 minute explanation of something over the PA in english, but then re-pause it again a min later to make the same 3 minute remark in whatever other language is primarily used for or from the destination.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:25 pm

Last time I was flying Ryanair, not too long ago, there was a flight attendant who couldn't hold his laugh each time he was speaking on the announcement speaker. On Ryanair that announcement speaker is used quite often to announce that they're coming by to sell all kind of stuff, so it was kind of annoying. Later on the flight another flight attendant took over, but then he was bugging it by turning the volume up and down. Also during the pre-recorded announcements there were some stutters and again he was standing there laughing. Obviously found himself funny, but the rest of the plane didn't see the fun of it.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:27 pm

Here you go:

1). American Airlines - flight attendants who do not greet the passengers as they board the airplane. I fly A.A. quite often and it seems like this is a regular occurrence.

2). Southwest Airlines - flight attendants who try to humor passengers on weekday business flights between DAL and HOU/AUS/SAT. Business people flying between those destinations do not need comedy acts on those flights. Keep the humor to weekend flights and those between vacation destinations.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:54 am

I had one F/A purser on a flight to SLC over a year ago. Very junior, but obviously loved hearing the sound of his own voice. Every bump we had, he went on for 10 seconds on the whole "seat belts even when the sign is off blah blah blah" announcement. What made it worse is as we were taxing to the gate, he made an announcement of "your super duper, JFK based crew" that just about made everyone crawl in their skin after enduring the guy for three hours.

The WN flights as well where it's a stand-up comedy routine. The inside of a plane is possibly one of only a handful of times where I can enjoy some serenity and not be connected to anything. I take solace in it I think many of us don't want you to be running nails on a chalkboard. Luckily, many of the WN flights are barely an hour long; I like to think the comedic acts is the reasoning behind it for as illogical as it may sound

Another one is on carriers such as KL or LH where they continuously switch back and forth between English and their native language during the safety demonstration. They say one sentence in their native language, only to say the same thing in English immediately after and repeat that methodology throughout the entirety of the safety demo. I don't mind either language. I speak German almost fluently and understand a fair amount of Dutch. It's just frustrating to mentally switch back and forth between both languages repeatedly like that.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:16 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
Last time I was flying Ryanair, not too long ago, there was a flight attendant who couldn't hold his laugh each time he was speaking on the announcement speaker. On Ryanair that announcement speaker is used quite often to announce that they're coming by to sell all kind of stuff, so it was kind of annoying. Later on the flight another flight attendant took over, but then he was bugging it by turning the volume up and down. Also during the pre-recorded announcements there were some stutters and again he was standing there laughing. Obviously found himself funny, but the rest of the plane didn't see the fun of it.


Absolutely well written and I have to agree with you 100%

I think this must be a Ryanair thing as I have experienced exactly the same as yourself on numerous flights with the airline (100+) and have put it down to their immaturity and god forbid what those supposedly experienced FA's would act like in an actual real time emergency.

I fly with British Airways the majority of the time and you definitely don't hear immature announcements over the PA system and definitely no one laughing whilst making them.

It is for this reason I dislike flying with Ryanair although I do occasionally fly with them I have to admit but the last time was two years ago and not since purely down to the continuous and immature announcements made onboard.

They may be cheap 'most of the time' but is that price worth paying when you have to put up with that every time plus that ridiculous ontime jingle!
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:00 pm

Cunard wrote:
Absolutely well written and I have to agree with you 100%

I think this must be a Ryanair thing as I have experienced exactly the same as yourself on numerous flights with the airline (100+) and have put it down to their immaturity and god forbid what those supposedly experienced FA's would act like in an actual real time emergency.

I fly with British Airways the majority of the time and you definitely don't hear immature announcements over the PA system and definitely no one laughing whilst making them.

It is for this reason I dislike flying with Ryanair although I do occasionally fly with them I have to admit but the last time was two years ago and not since purely down to the continuous and immature announcements made onboard.

They may be cheap 'most of the time' but is that price worth paying when you have to put up with that every time plus that ridiculous ontime jingle!


Actually, out of the many times I've flown Ryanair this was the first time something like this happened. Usually I got nothing to complain about them. And if that on-time jingle needs to be played, so be it. As a matter of fact, that was one of the few pre-recorded announcements that worked flawlessly on that flight.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:37 pm

Certain WN flight attendants have a habit of singing stupid jingles and making fun of other airlines. It makes me cringe every time. Admittedly though this was way more prevalent in the late 90's and the early 2000's than it is today,
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:27 pm

Nasty body language for asking them to do their job. I am about to pay your employer $7 for a can of beer they paid less than a $1 for, the least you could do is not act like this is the most painful thing you’ve ever had to do.

Not a flight attendant, but I'm not a fan of pilots that think they're tour guides either.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:18 pm

DTWorld wrote:
I had one F/A purser on a flight to SLC over a year ago. Very junior, but obviously loved hearing the sound of his own voice. Every bump we had, he went on for 10 seconds on the whole "seat belts even when the sign is off blah blah blah" announcement. What made it worse is as we were taxing to the gate, he made an announcement of "your super duper, JFK based crew" that just about made everyone crawl in their skin after enduring the guy for three hours.

The WN flights as well where it's a stand-up comedy routine. The inside of a plane is possibly one of only a handful of times where I can enjoy some serenity and not be connected to anything. I take solace in it I think many of us don't want you to be running nails on a chalkboard. Luckily, many of the WN flights are barely an hour long; I like to think the comedic acts is the reasoning behind it for as illogical as it may sound

Another one is on carriers such as KL or LH where they continuously switch back and forth between English and their native language during the safety demonstration. They say one sentence in their native language, only to say the same thing in English immediately after and repeat that methodology throughout the entirety of the safety demo. I don't mind either language. I speak German almost fluently and understand a fair amount of Dutch. It's just frustrating to mentally switch back and forth between both languages repeatedly like that.



KL only do the demo in English and the videos are with subtitles
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:41 pm

SpinOn2 wrote:
So trivial, but probably when they make an announcement about "If you have any connections" late at night on regional flights that clearly are scheduled to terminate into airports that are really small and rarely if ever have connections.

My home airport is really small and people rarely ever connect even during the normal outbound hours of the East coast, yet there are times we will land on-time just prior to midnight and the FA will still recommend looking at the board for connections etc.


That's a Skywest-ism if I've ever heard it. Its hilarious they do this, but I wouldn't expect anything less from them.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:57 pm

I'm waiting for a thread asking us what are our peet peeves about passengers...
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:20 am

Flanker7 wrote:
DTWorld wrote:
I had one F/A purser on a flight to SLC over a year ago. Very junior, but obviously loved hearing the sound of his own voice. Every bump we had, he went on for 10 seconds on the whole "seat belts even when the sign is off blah blah blah" announcement. What made it worse is as we were taxing to the gate, he made an announcement of "your super duper, JFK based crew" that just about made everyone crawl in their skin after enduring the guy for three hours.

The WN flights as well where it's a stand-up comedy routine. The inside of a plane is possibly one of only a handful of times where I can enjoy some serenity and not be connected to anything. I take solace in it I think many of us don't want you to be running nails on a chalkboard. Luckily, many of the WN flights are barely an hour long; I like to think the comedic acts is the reasoning behind it for as illogical as it may sound

Another one is on carriers such as KL or LH where they continuously switch back and forth between English and their native language during the safety demonstration. They say one sentence in their native language, only to say the same thing in English immediately after and repeat that methodology throughout the entirety of the safety demo. I don't mind either language. I speak German almost fluently and understand a fair amount of Dutch. It's just frustrating to mentally switch back and forth between both languages repeatedly like that.



KL only do the demo in English and the videos are with subtitles


It was over 5 years ago, so I'm not surprised if anything changed.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:20 pm

Sitting down and reading a magazine for a really long time.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:56 pm

A few of the things that have bothered me on multiple flights. All of these were on non-US legacy carriers
- Unnecessary announcements on PA. This goes for Pilots too, as I don't want to hear from them, I just want them to stick to flying unless there are inflight ATC hold delays or safety issues. We have in-flight maps, we don't need to hear the sights from you. I also hate hearing nonstop humble-brags about awards you have won/bought. The fact I am onboard generally implies that I am aware.
- A crew that asks you to unplug your headphones from the in-seat plug for take-off and landing but don't mind if you use the airline supplied headphones.
- Cabin crew that walk too fast down the aisle with the coffee/wine service and walk past your row because they make no announcements nor do they make eye contact, and then get pissed off when you say "excuse me, I'd like some coffee, please" or when you have to ask is that tea or coffee:because they won't tell you first.
-The crew who linger in the galley and don't do regular water services long-haul and resent it when you have to resort to using the call button to order something because there is no crew presence in the cabin. This is why I am a big fan of the call/order via IFE option that NZ has. It saves the crew a walk out to switch the call button off, take your order and bring the item back. "26A Bourbon and Ginger" shows in the galley screen, then they make and deliver, Easy.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:10 pm

I don't think I'm too fussy about the FA's. Credit card ads and such are pretty annoying but I hardly think they have a choice in it.

About the only think I can think of that's particularly annoying is when they fly down the aisle collecting trash, and they're past you before you even know what happened. I haven't often experienced the same during food or drink service, but too many crew seem to rush through trash collection and then there's all sorts of crap left around after the flight.
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:13 pm

PITingres wrote:
About the only think I can think of that's particularly annoying is when they fly down the aisle collecting trash, and they're past you before you even know what happened. I haven't often experienced the same during food or drink service, but too many crew seem to rush through trash collection and then there's all sorts of crap left around after the flight.


I did have that experience with food service on United circa 2005, right around the time they switched from complementary meals to buy on board. At that time they didn't come by with a cart with the BOB items on it, but handed out a menu and then came down the aisle taking orders. When it came time for them to take the orders the FA just rushed up the aisle asking "Buy on board? Buy on board?" I actually did want to purchase some food, but he went by so quickly I wasn't able to get his attention before he was gone.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:30 am

DTWorld wrote:
Another one is on carriers such as KL or LH where they continuously switch back and forth between English and their native language during the safety demonstration. They say one sentence in their native language, only to say the same thing in English immediately after and repeat that methodology throughout the entirety of the safety demo. I don't mind either language. I speak German almost fluently and understand a fair amount of Dutch. It's just frustrating to mentally switch back and forth between both languages repeatedly like that.


I think the bigger issue here is safety.

On Wizzair recently they used the same method between English and Polish. The FA spoke so quickly and in such a monotone that you it took you a few seconds to realise what language he was speaking in before he'd already switched back to Polish, and so on. If I as a native English speaker didn't understand most of it then I doubt many of the non-Polish and non-native English speakers did.
 
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Re: Pet peeves you have about flight attendants

Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:40 am

aerorobnz wrote:
A crew that asks you to unplug your headphones from the in-seat plug for take-off and landing but don't mind if you use the airline supplied headphones.


Is there even a rationale for that? I can understand a requirement to not use your own media device during those phases of flight - because they can't be overriden by the PA - and also a requirement to not use any headphones during those phases if the socket for them is in the seatback in front of you - because this can impede an evacuation - but the type of headphone being the sole item of complaint?

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