Maybe you don’t want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it’s our job to be nice, you’re the customer, we’re the employee.
But if you’re good to us, we’ll be extra nice to you.
So here’s how to charm us with simple yet very effective moves. Read below.
How To Make Your Flight Attendant Like You
1 Say hello!
When a flight attendant greets you as you enter the plane, say hi back. Why do you ignore us?
A simple “good morning” or “good evening” does it. How would you like to greet 20 people in a row and be greeted back by silence?
2 Listen to the safety demo.
It’s just polite. Put down your iPad and Kindle. When was the last time you really listened? If it was more than a few years ago, it’s time for a refresher.
“At the very least don’t talk loudly to your neighbor when a flight attendant is standing in front of you trying to keep you safe.”
3 Headphones off!
Take your headphones off when we ask you what you’d like to drink so we don’t have to repeat it three times.
How would you like it if we were wearing headphones when talking to you? It’s the Golden Rule.
4 Be specific when ordering.
When you ask for coffee or tea, specify milk or no milk, sweetener or not, without being asked as in “I’d like coffee with milk please” or “I’d like coffee, black.”
Not only does it make our job easier, but everyone on the plane will get served more quickly.
5 Same for cold drinks.
“I’d like Diet Coke, no ice please” or “Water, with ice and a slice of lemon please.”
6 Say “Please” and “Thank you.”
As in the examples above, say please and thank you when asking for and receiving something.
Again, common courtesy that will get you treated extra well.
Donate copies of your current magazines to the crew. After you finish reading this week’s US Weekly or GQ, give it to your flight attendant. We love to read magazines when they’re off duty or on break.
It’s perfectly permissible to bring a little tasty treat for your crew. Just make sure it’s safety-sealed.
Giving us treats could get you rewarded with a free cocktail or maybe even get reseated in the exit row!
9 Wheels in!
Try to put your carryon bag with wheels or handles facing in before commandeering twice as much space putting it horizontally.
And, for Heaven’s sake, don’t put your jackets or tiny bags in the bin. That takes up space for larger items that have to go there, and these smaller items easily can fit atop existing bags once everyone has boarded or underneath the seat.
Flight attendants will tell you that boarding is the most stressful part of their job, and by exhibiting an ounce of courtesy and common sense, it helps the entire plane get on the way more quickly.
10 Stay out of the aisles.
Make your best effort to stay out of the aisles when the carts are brought out or when the plane is boarding.
If the crew begins their service, it is best to stay seated. These carts are heavy and awkward to maneuver, and there’s no reason to become an obstacle to them unless absolutely necessary.
And if a crewmember reminds you that the seatbelt sign is still illuminated, remember that we are just doing our job.
11 Tell the airline.
If a flight attendant offers exceptionally nice service, most airlines have a way for recognizing them. Ask for their employee number and note the flight number.
Being nice to us could get a lot of free stuff on board. But sometimes being nice is its own reward, isn’t it?
This article originally appeared as How to make your flight attendant like you on Airfare Watchdog.
[Featured crew: Michaela Desiree, posted with permission]