And then when you board the plane, the stress only continues. You have hundreds of people who all want to board at once, so it's going to take a while. Especially when most people ignore their group number and line up whenever they feel like it.
When you get on board a plane, you might be so wrapped up in stress that you haven't noticed something odd about the flight attendants. Or you may have noticed this, and the mystery has consumed you ever since. What are they doing?
If you haven't noticed it before, pay attention the next time you board a plane. The flight attendants who greet you when you get on will be standing with their hands hidden behind their backs. It may seem odd, but it's true.
Of course, standing with your hands behind your back isn't that weird. At least it's not weird if you do it randomly from time-to-time. But if you do it all the time like flight attendants do when you're boarding, there must be a reason for it.
The hiding of the counter isn't the only secret about flight attendants. In an article on Quora, flight attendants revealed other things that most passengers may not know. For instance, the crew doesn't replace the pillow of blankets between flights. If you request one of those during your flight, you really don't know where it's been.
And according to The Daily Mirror, if your flight is being delayed because a flight attendant is missing, and then you see one rusing to the plane, it's probably not that attendant's fault. Most likely, that was one of the stand-by attendants, who now has to fill in last minute if the other attendant was sick or otherwise could not make it.
In addition, the attendants get a perk when it comes to meals. "Our meals are slightly better than the passenger meals," said one attendant, "and even though it depends on the airlines, we also get fresh fruits -like whole fruits and not the cut ones, pickles, bread rolls, desserts, beverages. Basically we have at least a trolley dedicated for the crews."
Just like with the blanket and pillows, airline-provided headphones aren't cleaned or replaced either. The little foam part of the headphones could theoretically be replaceable, but they're not. So if you don't want to use headphones that have touched other people's ears, you should probably just bring your own.
And in a Reddit AMA, one flight attendant revealed another (very specific) secret. Aurelius said, "If you check a skateboard by just slapping a sticker on it, it will get ridden or used as a dolly." But don't worry, you'll still get your skateboard back. Hopefully.