30 Things Flight Attendants Notice About You

Vacation planning is a very important aspect of everyone’s life. Researching the holidays, counting the days and boarding the plane are exciting things for all of us. Nevertheless, once you are on the plan, there is no turning back. The flight will be what you make of it and a part of the experience comes down to how you present yourself. Flight attendants take into account everything about every passenger that sets foot on the plane.

#30. Patience

According to My Domaine, some flight attendants will take a quick look at the queue for boarding and take note of the actions of every passenger whilst in line.

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This is for a number of reasons, the most important being that if a person is very anxious, the attendant will try everything to help relieve whatever may be the cause.

#29. Presence

According to Fashion Beans, one of the very first things a flight attendant notices about each passenger is their general presence. This means how well-groomed and dressed they are.

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Everyone wants once in a while a business class upgrade, but it is super difficult and rare once you are on the plane. Your chances will be better if you are well-dressed and polite to the flight attendants.

#28. Fidgeting

After the first impression that the flight attendant gets about you, they will proceed to judge you.

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Whether you are playing with a headphone cord, eating, or carrying a sophisticated book, or whatever it is that you are doing, the flight attendant will notice this and use it to make your experience a better one.

#27. How You Greet Them

According to Fashion Beans, your greeting and first verbal interaction with the flight attendants is essential to gain a good impression.

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Even though they are unlikely to remember each passenger by name, a smile, eye contact, and a positive greeting will earn your place in the good books if a class upgrade or enhanced meal choice appears.

#26. Fitness

Flight attendants will also judge your physique and fitness in the event that a mid-air emergency was to occur, as safety at 35,000 feet is paramount.

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Nonetheless, air emergencies are not common at all, as 9.9 times out of 10 no one will be called to help. Flight attendants will examine and label the passengers as “fit to help” or “unfit to help”.

#25. Age

According to Fashion Beans, flight attendants are trained to have an accurate measure of how many unaccompanied minors are on-board and act accordingly, as flying for the first time is a scary event.

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Firstly, many flight attendants, especially on long-haul flights, like to personalize the flight to each passenger in their section, this can mean handing out coloring books to young children, or newspapers to businessmen. The second reason why age is important is for safety precautions.

#24. Health During Flight

As important as the fitness of the passengers to help in a mid-air emergency is the general health of passengers during a flight. Even though we have to share a plane with 200 people for the flight, it also is a potential hazard for a sickness to spread.

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This is why flight attendants look for potential signs and symptoms in a person that could pose a health risk, like a faint skin tone, deliriousness or heavy fatigue.

#23. State of Mind

A passenger may not look like a risk, but a person’s health must be treated with care and priority. Unfortunately, some passengers think it is okay to board the plane while in a negative state of mind.

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Flight attendants are highly trained to deal with unruly passengers, and this reigns true as some people place themselves and others at risk while flying intoxicated or another not ideal state of mind.

#22. Appreciation

The Active Times suggests showing flight attendants appreciation for their hard work that is done behind the scenes, as this will go a long way to earning their care.

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Flight attendants really do work hard to make sure that every passenger has a smooth and comfortable flight.

#21. Amount Of Luggage

Fashion Beans say that after the flight attendants examine our looks, physique, demeanor, age, and health, they inspect our luggage. Neither the attendants nor other passengers like a person who brings a big carry-on that fills up the entire overhead bin.

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Oversized carry-on baggage not only affects departure times and cabin organization, but it can also pose a safety threat as heavy bags may fall out of the over-head at any time.

#20. Frequent Flyer

Almost on every flight, there are frequent flyers. Even though this is pretty normal, it is not possible for flight attendants to remember your name. Nevertheless, they do research on the passengers and have a faint idea who is a member of their program.

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Multiple flight attendants have told My Domaine that it is usually the low-tier members that expose their bags tags and not the ones who have a gold or platinum status.

#19. Being Selfless

Assisting a fellow passenger with lifting bags into the overhead compartments, or helping them to be seated, will pay its dividends and will earn the respect of the flight attendants.

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These acts of kindness make a stranger’s day and flight attendants usually note those actions in their mental notepad.

#18. Bringing Your Own Food

My Domaine suggests that bringing your own food on to a flight shows awareness, because that unless you are lucky enough to be in a position that your meals are cooked upon order on the flight, your meal will be prepared 12 hours beforehand.

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Bringing your own food aboard shows the flight attendants that you are on the ball and that you care about your health and well-being.

#17. Emergency Row

Sitting in an emergency row means extra legroom, however, it also comes with great responsibility.

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At check-in, the agent will usually allocate the emergency rows to able-bodied passengers who are of 16 years of age or above, or to passengers who have paid extra for the luxury.

#16. Check for Disabilities

Sometimes, people with disabilities require extra legroom, but if the passenger is not able-bodied for whatever reason, he or she may be relocated out of the emergency exit aisle.

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Flight attendants must also note this because, in the case of an emergency, they will be paired with an able-bodied person, discretely picked out upon boarding, to assist them.

#15. Check For Contraband Items

The Insider claims passengers will try at anything to make themselves more comfortable, even if it means putting the safety of the flight at risk.

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Some passengers have been known to try and smuggle their beloved pets on to the flight in none other than handbags and purses, therefore it is imperative that flight attendants remain focused, even during the most stressful part of the flight, boarding.

#14. Who Boards With You

In order to further enhance the personalization of the flight experience, attendants will monitor who is boarding with who. If there is an individual or a couple, or a young family, the goal is to seat everyone together.

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While this may seem like an easy task, tossed in among the rest of the factors which contribute to a safe flight, it is important they remain vigilant.

#13. Questionable Characters

According to Direct Expose, no one likes the look of a questionable character, especially when it comes to air transport. Flight attendants are specifically trained to pick these people out and keep a very watchful eye in case anything seems just a little bit off.

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While there is a slim chance of coming in to contact with one past customs and security, they do slip through and could cause you or someone else to be suspicious.

#12. Jewelry

In addition to your appearance, The Active Times says that jewelry is one of the first things that flight attendants notice.

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More specifically, hanging jewelry and clothing which can be a safety concern in an emergency. One flight attendant told the website they can tell where most passengers are heading by the way they are dressed.

#11. Elder People

Flight attendants may pick passengers from the crowd who may need a helping hand. Although there may be some selfless souls on board willing to help, maybe they are not in the right place at the right time.

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Stewards will help these passengers, usually elderly people, with whatever they need and are more than willing to accommodate any special requirements, per My Domaine.

#10. Pregnant Women

Flight attendants are always on the lookout for pregnant women, as it is both a wonderful but stressful time. They estimate how many weeks pregnant the woman is and question if it is safe for her and the other passengers that she flies.

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Usually, after a certain number of weeks, a pregnant woman is legally required to carry a note proving she is fit to fly.

#9. Decent Human

If you want to have a seamless and comfortable flight, it is not hard, just being a decent human, being respectful, groom yourself, make eye contact and help others around you.

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Above all, flight attendants just want passengers to pay the same respect to them as they do to you because they are humans too.

#8. Your Health

Air pressure and altitude can affect healthy passengers, let alone those who aren’t.

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The crew wants to avoid a medical emergency at all costs, especially mid-flight, so once the door closes they will pay special attention to the passengers who look under the weather.

#7. Being Nice

Flight attendants usually have long working days, so if every passenger greets them with a smile and a simple hello, those gestures can make their days better.

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Only they will know how uncivilized 35,000 feet up can get. And sometimes being nice with a simple thank you can pay off with an extra snack or drink on the house.

#6. Nervousness

Before passengers board, flight attendants are vigilant about a passenger’s general disposition or mood.

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Unusual behavior may indicate a passenger who is highly agitated because he or she may not be used to flying. A panic attack in mid-air can be a very difficult situation.

#5. Eye Contact

The crew of a plane will take notice if you avoid eye contact while boarding or being asked a question from the attendant after being seated.

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Eye contact is also a major thing flight attendants notice as it shows them that you respect their presence. They really do appreciate that.

#4. Fellow Airline Employee

If flight attendants know that other employees are on their flight, they fly a little more confidently, as they will be an invaluable resource if an emergency arises.

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Fellow flight attendants will let the crew know who they are and what seat they will be in.

#3. Talking To Them

Amy Danish, a flight attendant for Virgin told the Huffington Post that when she says hello to a passenger and that passenger responds back, she immediately thinks “wow, that person is really nice”.

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She added that if she ever needed help with something, she would probably ask the nice passenger. And that if a passenger ever needs help from her, she’ll probably go above and beyond the call of duty for a nice passenger.

#2. Intoxication

One of the first things that flight attendants notice is if a passenger is intoxicated, both by sight and smell. When this happens, the crew is put on high alert, as they know the situation can become volatile at any point.

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Keep this in mind before you have that last drink at the bar; a flight attendant has every right to refuse entry to passengers who might pose a threat to the crew or to the other passengers.

#1. Reading Material

In case of emergency, the flight attendants and the rest of the crew are always looking for additional help, so they will keep an eye out for doctors, nurses, and first responders.

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As passengers won’t announce their occupations upon boarding, the flight attendant will take clues from what they might be reading, such as medical journals or magazines.

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