I've been in the airline industry a little over 5 years. These are my experiences, minus specific details. Fellow flight attendants.. enjoy the laughs. Passengers.. take some notes.Ask me anything Submit
Apparently there’s something going around this week when it comes to flying lol. Tuesday a JetBlue pilot goes apeshit and gets tackled… AND US Airways passenger attacks crewmembers… What the hell!? I was flying when all of this was taking place, and I had no idea about them until I reached my overnight.
Now let’s rewind through my second flight on Tuesday. I’m at the boarding door saying “Hello” “Hi good morning” “Welcome” to 150 passengers as they board the aircraft. Subconsciously I’m keeping my eyes out for anything suspicious, or anything that just doesn’t feel right. I’m standing in the forward galley in the center, basically blocking access to the flight deck.
A white, male, mid 20 passenger boards the aircraft. He looks like a shorter more unattractive version of Edward Cullen(Twilight douche). He stops and looks at me and tries to peer around me into the flight deck so I say “Hello how are you today?” Most passengers just smile and nod, or just say “Hi good and you?” and then they keep boarding, but not this guy. He holds up the boarding process to stop and have a full on chat. He says “I’m ok how are you?” I answer assuming he will make his way to his seat, but he doesn’t. He stands there and says “We gonna have a safe flight?” I look at the lead flight attendant who’s expression is like what the hell?!
I said “Well I certainly hope so.” Then he starts to freak out and saying that I’m doubting the safety of the flight, but I diffused the situation and told him the Captain said it’s going to be a smooth flight. He says “Are you sure? No turbulence?!” So I say “According to the Captain, that’s how it sounds. Sir would you please take your seat so we can continue boarding?” He finally makes his way down the aisle, that conversation was a tad peculiar so I took note of where the guy was sitting. He sat down around row 15. I figured at most he was just a nervous flyer, but I wanted to keep an eye on him. We finish boarding, taxi, and then take off.
After we reach our cruising altitude the aft flight attendant and myself are working the cart. I am facing forward in the cabin serving drinks, and the other flight attendant is looking around me. We were at about row 8 or 9, and that guy had gotten up and was fidgeting with his seat, and then he sat back down. At row 11 the flight attendant was looking again, so I turned around to find that guy coming out of the lavatory and instead of making his way back to row 15 he turned around and disappeared behind the galley walls.
I turned around and went straight to the galley and he was standing by one of the doors looking at the wall. I said “Sir I’m going to need you to take your seat please, the fasten seatbelt sign is illuminated, and this area is for crewmembers only. He looks at me with an agitated expression as I wedge myself between him and the doors, forcing him to move into the walk way between lavatories. He still hasn’t said anything, just has this odd look in his eyes, and I’ve begun to feel really uncomfortable about this passenger. I start walking up the aisle, which gives him no place to go but up the aisle too, so I stop at row 15. ”Take your seat sir.” He sits down, and still hasn’t said a word. The other flight attendant is watching attentively. I give her a look like “what the fuck is this guys deal?”
I serve a few more drinks, and then the flight attendant has a startled look in her face, so I turn around but before I can turn myself around there’s a body behind me. He’s standing behind me no more than 4 inches from my backside, and this throws me off guard.
"Sir please take your seat!"
He leans in closer to me and says “DO YOU HAVE ANY TUMS?”
"Oh ok, thanks anyway." Then sits down.
……………………………. This guy was just having bowel issues and shit! I couldn’t believe it. He had me all freaked out over nothing. When I got to his row he asked for a Ginger Ale, and an extra cup of ice. The whole time I’m thinking he’s some kind of potential threat, like he’s dangerous. Turns out he just had an upset stomach. The other flight attendant and I were laughing so hard when we finished the service.
When we finished that trip we found out about the pilot and the passenger that had gone nuts, and we couldn’t help but laugh at our silly passenger on that plane.
The life of a reserve flight attendant continues. I haven’t flown more than a 2 day trip in almost 3 months. I feel pretty lazy about it, but what can I do?!
I picked up crocheting again, and I set up my very first Christmas tree(being on my own). It’s soooo cute!
I hope to get back to ya’ll with some excitement some time soon!
May you rest in sweet heavenly peace.
As a fellow member of the industry, I am deeply saddened by the events in Mexico City. It rips my heart to shreds, and makes me scared to do my job.
I’m always a bit cautious when entering a hotel room alone. I usually leave my bags propping the door open so that I can take a look at the room and make sure I’m alone, and still have a clean exit.
I can’t believe he was only 27 years old. Barely a year older than me :/
God be with Nick’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Flight attendants across the nation will be wearing this black ribbon in remembrance of Nick Aaronson. Please spread the word.