In adviceOn Thursday 11th Jan, 2018

The codes flight attendants use to talk about passengers

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Have you ever been on a flight and noticed certain passengers getting special treatment from flight crew?

You’re probably left wondering what they’ve done to earn that upgrade or an extra pillow on a long-haul flight.

A former flight attendant has now revealed that some flight staff use secret codes to talk about passengers they find the most attractive. If that wasn’t enough, there are also words that cabin crew use to describe passengers that they don’t like.

This Insider reports that former flight attendant James appeared on the Kylie and Jackie O Show and revealed that staff often pick out the most attractive passengers. He said that staff have to be discreet about it, which is why they come up with codes.

"Obviously when we are in the cabin and we are doing the drinks we can't just be like 'Oh doll check him out.’ You have to be subtle about it,” he told the Sydney radio show. 

"Because everyone knows their seat numbers, so we're on the cart and he'll be like, 'I'm thinking of doing seven days in America… being 'seat 7A'."

He also said that staff use other numbers and countries and cities to reveal a passenger they particularly like: “And I'll be like, 'yeah, I could do seven days in America. Or like, six days in Denmark..."

During the interview, he also suggested that there were also things that flight attendants said when they didn’t like a particular passenger. He said that if staff didn’t like someone, they’d simply tell them that they’d be right back.

“If a flight attendant ever says to you 'I'll be right back,' we don't like you... and then you just 'forget,'" he said.

James also had a trick for making sure passengers didn’t bother him if he wanted to avoid them. He said he’d use the trick if he wanted to go on a break or have some lunch.

“I used to have a trick every time I went from one end of the plane to the other to eat my lunch someone would always ask me something. And I'm just like I just want to eat my lunch,” he said.

“So I used to have a trick. I'd put a can of coke in a sick bag put a rubber glove on and then walk through the cabin so it looks like I'm holding vomit — no one asked me for a thing."

Have you ever noticed cabin crew saying or doing anything of these things on a flight? Are you shocked by James’ comments?

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