FLIGHT attendants remain behind the scenes for the majority of the flight, yet one cabin crew member has revealed that there are a number of things that can get them fired – one reason in particular is shocking.
Flight attendants have a lot of responsibility throughout the duration of a flight. Once the doors are closed, it is down them to cater to all passengers on board while the pilot concentrates on flying.
Although they remain mostly unseen, with the exception of food, drink and duty-free service, the cabin crew have a lot to do.
Unlike the passengers on a long-haul flight who get to sit back and watch the onboard entertainment, flight attendants have a long shift ahead of them.
Throughout a flight, there are a number of passenger warning signs that the cabin crew must watch out for. Breaking any of these could get a passenger kicked off a flight.
However it’s not just the passengers who must abide by the strict rules in place to keep everyone on board safe, there are some regulations flight attendants must follow if they wish to keep hold of their job.
According to Mental Floss, Heather Poole, a flight attendant for over 15 years and author of Cruising Attitude, has revealed there are a number of actions that will get a cabin crew member fired.
Heather explained that flight attendants are placed on strict probation for their first six months.
Flight attendants have an iconic uniform, in fact, British Airways recently launched a new uniform to celebrates its centenary.
In keeping with the iconic look, uniform violations are taken seriously.
Heather revealed: “I know one new hire who lost her job for wearing her uniform sweater tied around her waist.”
However, there is one rule, in particular, that must never be broken.
Heather explained: “The most surprising violation is flying while ill: If we call in sick, we aren’t allowed to fly, even as a passenger on another airline.”
“It’s grounds for immediate dismissal”, she went on to add.
Flight secrets previously uncovered a number of dirty facts about flying.
With so many passengers confined to a small space for a long period, it’s no surprise germs can quickly spread. A situation that would be made worse if the cabin crew member serving you was ill.
According to the World Health Organisation, passengers are more susceptible to getting ill while travelling.
As the cleaning crew do not have a lot of time to clean the aircraft between flights, there are some areas of the plane that are never adequately cleaned.
According to Reddit, one flight attendant has revealed that passengers should never use the pockets attached to the seat in front.
The flight attendant explained: “They are cleared of rubbish but are never cleaned.
“I have pulled out and seen all sorts of things being pulled out from there.
Dirty tissues, sick bags, knickers, socks, people’s feet (rest in the pocket), gum, half sucked sweets, apple cores… and then next flight you go and put your phone/laptop/iPad in there.”