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Flight attendant gives honest answers to questions about life in the air

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doesn’t always bother wearing her seatbelt.


  • A flight attendant has revealed new secrets of the
    trade in an anonymous interview with Vice.
  • “Betty” says nobody switches off their phones on
    planes, not even the staff.
  • There’s also an ideal time for joining the mile high
    club — but there’s never a good time to order coffee in the
  • She added that there’s only one way of scoring an
    upgrade, and it’s all about your bargaining power.

There’s something intriguing about the life of airline crew.
Maybe it’s the pristine uniform, the jet-setting lifestyle, or
the secret codes and signs. But people in the industry often
claim that the job is nowhere near as glamorous as it might

Confirming this fact is a flight attendant at a “major American
airline” who revealed some fantastically funny — and disgusting —
truths about life in the air in an anonymous interview with Vice.

Speaking under the pseudonym “Betty,” she gave an honest account
of some of the unfortunate realities occurring behind the scenes.

Nobody turns off their phone

First off, if you’ve ever wondered if everybody really does abide
by the “airplane mode” rule, the answer is not at all, according
to Betty.

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“Nobody turns off their phones. I don’t, even,” she told Vice.

“All of those commands are really just precautionary. You’re not
allowed to get up when taxiing to the gate, but we’re going three
miles an hour. What’s actually going to happen?”

She added: “I guess at some point, something had to have happened
for them to have made the rule. At least, that’s the bulls***
excuse they gave us during training. Some time at some point
someone did get hurt.

“I mean, I push it. I don’t always wear my seatbelt. Actually,
one time I didn’t wear it, the landing was pretty rough and I
jerked forward and hit my head so I felt like a bit of an a******

“Yeah, but keep your phone on. No one cares.”

If you want to join the mile high club, do it during food or
drink service

For passengers looking to have a little fun while aboard, Betty
said there’s a specific time that’s best for attempting to join
the mile high club, at least on small airplanes.

airplane toilet

“Wait for service, when the attendants are all in the aisle,” she
said. “Everyone’s busy and has a job at that point and I don’t
care what’s going on behind me then. There could be ten people in
the bathroom and I wouldn’t be aware of it.”

This probably wouldn’t work on a jumbo jet, though, where she
says there are cabin crew dedicated to patrolling the toilets.

“[F]or shorter flights, the attendants aren’t watching you like
you think we are. We’re on our phones in the back with the others
or doing our jobs. We don’t want to be near that bathroom at any
point in time and we’ll avoid it at all costs.

However, she added: “God speed if you’re gonna try and have sex
in one. They’re disgusting and small, but it is possible.”


On the subject of loos, she’s also not impressed by the way
passengers use them.

A plane bathroom is the ‘most disgusting place on the planet’…

“It’s crazy how dirty people are on planes,” she said “Those
bathrooms are the most disgusting places on the planet. There’s
no way these people act this way in their normal lives, but they
get on a plane and go cool, I’ll just pee all over the floor and
dump my peanuts right on the ground.”

…and the coffee could be swimming with E. coli

And according to Betty, there’s another disgusting aspect of
flying, besides the toilets.

Flight attendant

“Coffee. Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes,” she said. “It’s
the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system.

“We recently had a test for E. coli in our water and it didn’t
pass, and then maintenance came on and hit a couple buttons and
it passed,” she went on. “So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled
and ice is fine, of course.”

Annoying passengers get ignored 

When it comes to passengers, if one really gets on her
nerves, she has a few methods of dealing with them.

“Usually, I spend the majority of my time just ignoring them. You
don’t really have much to work with so it becomes a power play.

“I try to assert myself as much as possible and let them know I’m
the boss by not giving them their orange juice with ice or giving
it to them with ice if they asked for no ice. Weak pours for
drinks, stuff like that.”

silk air flight attendant

She added that when it comes to killing time on a long, boring
flight she’ll often play “who I would save first.”

“Like in the instance of an emergency landing. Obviously get the
kids off first and all that.

“You spend a lot of time daydreaming, a lot of time staring at
your passengers and mentally putting them in situations with you
that would never happen.”

A free upgrade is can be as simple as giving the crew candy

And finally, it wouldn’t be an airline interview without asking
that one burning question everyone wants to know: how to score a
free upgrade.

Her answer? Just be extra nice to the crew once the doors have

“Give me candy and I’ll give you whatever you want,” she said.
“You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

“If there [are] seats open in business class, and it’s not going
to affect me negatively, or there are first class seats open and
I can still eat my first class meal if I put you up there, I’ll
put you up there. As long as you’re nice to me, no problem.”

Oh — and they apparently “don’t keep count of those mini bottles
of alcohol.”

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