An Array Of FAs

December 14, 2009

in Attendant & Pilot Stories

Let me just start off my saying I am a former flight attendant, but that in no way makes me responsible for other’s rudeness.

Hubby and I went to Maui for our 10th anniversary and I used my miles to book us in first class. We flew from PHX to DFW, then on to Maui. The PHX DFW flight was uneventful… in fact, our very sweet flight attendant gave me 4 small bottles of vodka to take with us because he said we were a cute couple, and the drinks are expensive in Hawaii.

On the connection to Maui, we were on a 767, so there are 3 rows of 2 seats in first class. From the second we boarded, the flight attendants were grumpy at best. Call me crazy, but I know that they will have at least a 24 hour layover in HAWAII, so you’d think they’d be happy about that!

So…. one of the flight attendants was just plain mean. Making everyone chug their champagne so she could collect all the glasses, prior to departure… even though that was at least 10 minutes away. Whatever. We just ate our dinner and enjoyed the flight the best we could.

The return was a whole other show.

The flight back, was a red-eye, arriving back in Dallas at 5am, so it’s dark out and you wanna sleep, right? Well good luck! These flight attendants stood up in the front galley and cackled like witches for the entire flight! I finally got my Ipod out and cranked some Metallica, to drown out the cackling. How could they not think we could hear them, with only a curtain separating the galley from the cabin. SHEESH!

So much for First Class service!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kad December 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I understand that noise was an issue, but would be more sympathetic with a 96 year old (wo)man who had been awake for 36 hours.

That you had Metallica cued up tells me noise is not a problem for you. One job, starting at 3:30am, required Metallica on the way to help me wake up. As a matter of fact, Metallica is not easy listening, and I wonder how many people you irritated without realizing it.


FUuniversity December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm

original poster, please ignore the idiot who posted the first comment. their head is clearly up their ass.

thank you.


Kad December 16, 2009 at 1:20 am

Now, with that public service announcement over with, we can all go about our day, feeling much better about ourselves. Thank you FUuniversity, for keeping the internet correct.


Ron - St. Louis January 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I am certain the author of the story meant that they had headphone or earbuds and they were not playing it for the whole cabin to hear.

A tad of common sense can go a long, long way.


Kad January 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Indeed, if all it takes is a tad.

Even earbuds can be irritatingly loud to those in a confined space, as many people who use them don't realize how high the volume can go.


Bob May 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Kad, are you a professional asshole ? nearly every post you leave is either mean or just stupid, so , are you a pro or what ?


Mick December 16, 2009 at 10:28 am

The only thing you get nowadays, it would seem, while travelling first class on most airlines, is a larger seat. That's just about it….


Kad December 16, 2009 at 11:03 am

I really, really don't get economy, business, business1st, 1st class, or any of the other iterations. 6 inches more leg room doesn't really mean first class in my mind. 1st class would be an on-board gym, with trainers, or a walk-up bar (like some trains I've been on), that allow you to retire to a demi or full sleeper cabin on long trips. Now that's first class.

1st class isn't hot towels. What the f*** do I need a hot towel for? (a la Seinfeld). I find it interesting how small the incremental expectations are, how small the differences really are, between economy and 1st class. We are trained like monkeys to see ANY small improvement as somehow notably better than the cattlecar that is economy (2nd class) flying.

Most domestic flights occur on airplanes that aren't designed to have a proper, defining, notable difference between subway-car-style seating (little more than grab the silver rail and hold on for dear life) and luxurious, spacious seating with menus.

If we got out crap together here in north america, we could have an excellent network of passenger rail service that would compete favorably in any market where flights last less than 3 hours. A couple hours in a security line, then a couple hours trapped in a tube, basically unable to move, or a tube that is wide, allows you to move, walk, talk, even switch seats if one is available……I love my train travel, and use it every time possible, over air travel.

/end rant


Laura December 31, 2009 at 7:21 am

I agree! I love train travel. Unfortunately Alberta isn't set up the way that Ontario (where I grew up) is … so I haven't used a single train in the 3 years that I've lived here. 🙁


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