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  • How to make your flight attendant like you

  • Maybe you don't want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it's their job to be nice, you're the customer, they're the employee. But if you're good to them, they'll be extra nice to you. So here's how to charm them.
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  • Maybe you don't want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it's their job to be nice, you're the customer, they're the employee. But if you're good to them, they'll be extra nice to you. So here's how to charm them.
    1. If a flight attendant greets you upon boarding at the Jetway, say "Hi" back. Don't just ignore them. A simple "good morning" or "good evening" does it.
    2. Listen to the safety demo. It's just polite. Put down your iPad and Kindle. When was the last time you really listened?
    3. Headphones off! Take your headphones off when they ask you what you'd like to drink so they don't have to repeat it three times.
    4. Be specific when ordering. When you ask for coffee or tea, specify milk or no milk, sweetener or not, without being asked as in "I'd like coffee with milk please" or "I'd like coffee, black."
    5. Say "please" and "thank you." As in the examples above, say "please" and "thank you" when asking for and receiving something. Again, common courtesy that will get you treated extra well.
    6. Magazines! Donate copies of your current magazines to the crew. Flight attendants love to read magazines when they're off duty or on break.
    7. Wheels in! Try to put your carryon bag with wheels or handles facing in before commandeering twice as much space putting it horizontally. And, for heaven's sake, don't put your jackets or tiny bags in the bin. Flight attendants will tell you that boarding is the most stressful part of their job, and by exhibiting an ounce of courtesy and common sense, it helps the entire plane get on the way more quickly.
    8. Stay out of the aisles. Make your best effort to stay out of the aisles when the carts are brought out or when the plane is boarding.
    9. Tell the airline. If a flight attendant offers exceptionally nice service, most airlines have a mechanism for recognizing them.
    Where will all this kindness get you? No, you probably won't get an inflight upgrade (although flight attendants do have the ability to offer them if there's room). Maybe the crew will forget to charge you for your cocktail. Maybe they'll reseat you if the child behind you is wailing like a banshee. I've been offered a bottle of wine at the end of the flight on more than one occasion.
    But sometimes being nice is its own reward.
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