7 Flight Attendants Share Their Craziest Passenger Stories

If there’s one group of people that see some crazy shenanigans, it has to be flight attendants. For some reason, everyone loses their minds when they step onto a plane. A thread on Reddit asked flight attendants, as well as airline employees and passengers, to share the craziest things they’ve caught people doing on a flight. Apparently, there’s a lot more sex going on up there than you’d expect.


1.Sleep Tight

“A friend of mine was a flight attendant who told me that a guy called the air hostess and very politely asked if the pilot could shut off one of the jet engines so his son could sleep peacefully.

2.Crazy People

“On a flight from JFK to Heathrow post-9/11, while the plane was about 4th or 5th in line for takeoff, an American lady demanded to be let off the plane. The attendant naturally refused since the doors were closed and they were almost at the runway. The lady went nuts and called 911 from her cell phone and said she was an American citizen being held against her will on a foreign airline and they were about to take off and she was going to be taken to another country. In about 3 or 4 minutes police and FBI vans surrounded the plane, pulled her out and grounded the flight pending further investigation. In the end, she was just a nutjob who ruined everyone’s flight.”

3.The Blanket

“Had a couple ‘sleeping’ near the back of the plane on an empty flight – her head was under a thin airplane blanket on his lap, obviously giving him some special oral attention while he concentrated on squeezing his eyes shut and not making noise. I did a double-take as I walked past them; it was just so obvious what was happening. I told my coworker who went to take a look for herself and agreed. We decided to do a water service to see if it was still going on, but they had stopped by the time we got there. At the end of the flight, the girl tried to give the blanket back to my co-worker, who just said, ‘Oh, you keep it, you might need it on your next flight.’”


“My mom has been a flight attendant for 33 years now. They always know when people try to have sex in the lavs; if they’re not extremely busy, two or three will try to assemble outside and clap when the people come out.”

5.Yoga Time

“I get that on long flights you want to get up and stretch your legs a little, no problem. But on a 45-minute express flight, is it really necessary to get up and start doing yoga in the back galley? This actually happened and I couldn’t believe it. Get out of my way, so I can finish serving drinks to the other 70 passengers on board.”

6.Flight Attendant Misery

“Pilot here. Girlfriend is a flight attendant. Personally, I haven’t seen too much go wrong. Just the usual tantrums over bags and missed connections. (Pro tip: If you book a 30-minute connection, you will miss it.) Pilots have the luxury of the locked door, but she is locked in the back with some nasty people sometimes.

“Like the time when a middle aged man screamed at her for a few minutes during a 25-minute flight because she ran out of apple juice.

“Like the time when a man asked for a glass of water during a tarmac delay. After delivering said glass of water, he dumped it on her head.

“Like the time when a man heckled her during the safety demo to the point of needing to return to the gate to escort him from the aircraft.

“Like the many times when a passenger insists that their bag will fit in the overhead, forcing it so hard that it breaks the bin, and requires a 4-hour delay to repair.

“Please, be polite to your flight crews!”

7.Superb Parenting

“I once witnessed a woman lay her toddler on the aisle and proceed to change his diaper. This was during boarding. I was gob-smacked.”


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