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22 Surprising Things Flight Attendants Notice When We Board A Plane

From researching that dream holiday, to counting down the days, packing your bags and boarding the plane, it is a very exciting time for anyone embarking on an adventure, no matter where it takes you. Some people love to fly, whereas others prefer to remain on the ground, however it is no secret that in order to explore this wonderfully vast world of ours, it is essential to take a plane, whether it be a 3-hour flight or long-haul 12+ hours.

Nevertheless, once you are on the plane, there is no turning back and you are stuck in a metal tube with 200 other people for the duration of the flight. The flight will be what you make of it, and part of this experience comes down to how you present yourself to the lovely flight attendants, as well as other passengers. From the way we dress to our demeanor and overall attitude upon boarding, these professionals take note of everything about every passenger who steps foot on that plane, and there are a number of surprising reasons for this.

Below are 22 things flight attendants notice about us when we first board the plane.

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21 Patience is a virtue

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According to My Domaine, even before boarding, some flight attendants will take a quick look at the queue for boarding. They will take a note of every passengers’ actions and your general appearance and conduct whilst waiting in the line. This is for a number of reasons.

If a passenger is quiet and calm, then there usually is no need to worry, however, if the passenger is acting somewhat erratically or in an unusual manner, then it could be a sign of intoxication or nervousness, anxiety or stress.

The latter requires personal attention and if this is the case, the attendant will try everything to help relieve whatever may be the cause.

20 Your presence

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Perhaps the very first thing the flight attendants notice about each passenger, according to Fashion Beans is their general presence. This means how well-groomed and dressed we are, to our body language upon boarding. Let’s be real, everyone wants that business class upgrade, however, it is super difficult and rare once you are in the plane. Your chances certainly will not be helped by looking sloppy or being rude to the staff at the welcome you on-board, after all, even just a smile goes a long way.

19 What you are fidgeting about

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After the attendants gain a first impression by your attitude and look, they will then proceed to judge you, yes, judge you, by what you are fidgeting with.

It might be that you are nervously playing with your headphone cord, or carrying a highly sophisticated book, whatever it is that you are doing, the flight attendants will notice this and use it to make your experience on the flight a better one. 

My Domaine uses the example of a flight attendant subtly noticing a passenger carrying a medical book. They will remember their assigned seat number or name, and in case of a medical emergency, will be able to locate this person.

18 How You Greeted Them 

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Although it is nearly that time of year again, Fashion Beans suggests your greeting and first verbal interaction with the flight attendants is essential to gain a good impression. Granted, the host or hostess will unlikely remember each passenger by name. It would be silly for us to expect them to do so, but a smile, eye contact, and a positive greeting will see you earn your place in the good books if anything were to pop up, like, I don’t know, a class upgrade or enhanced meal choice.

17 If You Look Strong Enough To Help During An Emergency 

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Safety at 35,000 feet is paramount, and AOL claim that even-though flight attendants are not looking for a date out of every flight, they will judge your physique if there were to be a mid-air emergency.

9.9 times out of 10, no one will be called upon to help out, as air emergencies are not common at all, however the attendants need the most help they can get if it were to occur, therefore they will discretely examine your body and label you as ‘fit to help’ or ‘unfit to help’.

Obviously, no one is notified of which class they fall under, but it is a very smart measure to take in order to minimize any damage from an emergency.

16 What Is Your Age 

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There is no doubt that flying for the first time is a scary event, as you do not know what to expect. This is why, according to Fashion Beans, flight attendants are trained to have an accurate measure of how many unaccompanied minors are on-board and act accordingly. Aside from these brave young souls, attendants also keep track of how many families, couples and individuals step on-board, and estimate ages. This is for two reasons. 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.

15 General health During Flight 

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Much the same as physique, the safety, and therefore the general health of passengers is of utmost importance. Sharing a metal tube with 200 people for the flight is just something we have to do, but it is also a potential hazard for sickness to spread. This is why, as per Fashion Beans, flight attendants look for any potential signs and symptoms in a person that could pose a health risk, for example, a faint skin tone, deliriousness or heavy fatigue. The crew should also have any current and past medical conditions/ procedures logged on their systems if anything were to arise as a result.

14 State of mind

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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 intoxicated or in any other negative state of mind.

This is Insider stakes a claim that 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.

If a passenger is noticeably intoxicated, the flight attendant has the right to remove them from the flight, however, if it is just suspected, they will allow the passenger on-board and closely monitor the situation.

13 Do You Show Your Appreciation

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Flight attendants work hard to make sure we have a smooth and comfortable flight, and much of this work goes on behind the scenes, in places we cannot necessarily see. Attendants are human too, and The Active Times suggests showing them some appreciation for their hard work will go a long way to earning some brownie points and hopefully scoring an extra drink or snack, on the house of course.

12 The Amount Of Luggage

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Fashion Beans says that after the flight attendant spends a speedy 5 seconds examining our looks, physique, demeanor, possible age and health, they turn their attention to our luggage. No passenger likes that person who brings a carry-on bag so big it fills up one over-head bin, and neither do the attendants.

Over-sized 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.

One flight attendant who was interviewed by Fashion Beans suggests double-checking the website or booking conditions prior to your flight. This way, both parties are able to have an enjoyable flight.

11 Frequent flyer

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It is almost certain that there will be frequent flyers on every single commercial jet taking to the skies. As frequent…no pun intended?…as this is, it would be remiss to think that flight attendants can greet all passengers by name. Sure, in first and business class it is expected, however, frequent flyers should not assume they will always be greeted by name.

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.

Nevertheless, they do research on the passengers and have a faint idea who is a member of their program.

10 Being selfless

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We all know that acts of kindness can make a strangers day, and it is no different on an airplane. While other passengers may notice your kind gesture, flight attendants also note this down in their mental notepad. Many passengers are unaware, but assisting a fellow passenger with lifting bags in to the overhead compartments, or helping them to be seated (if necessary), will pay its dividends and will earn you the respect of your stewards for the duration of the flight, after all, it doesn’t take much to help someone lift a bag. This point comes as several attendants spoke with the Business Insider.

9 Bringing your own food

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My Domaine suggests that bringing your own food on to a flight shows awareness. Unless you are lucky enough to be in a position to have your meals cooked upon order on the flight (some airlines actually do this!), your meal will be prepared 12 hours, if not, days beforehand.

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

This isn’t to say that plane food is so bad, but because at 35,000 feet our sense of taste and smell is reduced, catering companies have added more fat and spice to in-flight meals, hence they are packed full of almost 0 nutritional value.

8 Sitting in an emergency row

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Sitting in an emergency row means extra legroom, however, it also comes with great responsibility. 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. Sometimes, as we are all human, there can be a mistake and My Domaine confirms flight attendants are called upon to make the decision to grant access or not to the seats. This comes in addition to the age ‘guesstimate’ as well as your overall presence.

7 Check for disabilities

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Now you may think this is discrimination, but This is Insider assures passengers with disabilities that this is most definitely not the case. Sometimes, people with disabilities require extra legroom, however, if the passenger is not able-bodied, for whatever reason, he or she may be relocated out of the emergency exit aisle. 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.

6 Check for contraband items

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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, or even pre consumed liquor. 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. Therefore, it is imperative that flight attendants remain focused, even during the most stressful part of the flight, boarding.

5 Who is boarding With You

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In order to further enhance the personalization of the flight, Fashion Beans says the attendants will monitor who is boarding with who. If there is an individual or a couple, or maybe a young family, the goal is to attempt to seat everyone in the same party together. 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.

4 Any Questionable characters boarding 

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No one likes the look of a questionable character, especially when it comes to air transport. 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. Not to worry though, 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, according to Direct Expose.

3 What Kinds Of Jewelry Are You Wearing 

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Further to your appearance, The Active Times says that jewelry is one of the first things air stewards notice. 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.

They will determine if the clothing is flammable or if an earring will rip off when evacuating.

2 A helping hand

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Attendants can pick passengers out from the crowd who may need a little helping hand. There may be some selfless souls on-board willing to help out, however, sometimes these people are not in the right place at the right time. 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.

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Pregnancy is a wonderful, yet stressful time, so flight attendants are always on the lookout for pregnant women. They then estimate how many weeks she is, and then question if it is safe for her and the other passengers that she flies.

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

More often than not, there is at least one medical professional in the 200+ passengers, however, it is simply not safe, as per The Active Times, to take such a risk.

1 Just being a decent human

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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 human too. 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 I not hard to do, yet it can make a whole world of difference to your flight, the flight of others and most importantly, is a good image from the flight attendant point of view.

References: mydomaine.co.uk, directexposure.com, fashionbeans.com, aol.com, thisisinsider.com, businessinsider.fr, independent.co.uk

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