Flight attendants are more than glorified waiters. These are the people who set the mood for the flight to be pleasant and for passengers to feel safe. These are also the people who will give passengers first assistance when there is a medical emergency.
Among the training flight attendants are given, they are taught to be perceptive. Staff on a plane are trained to look at a number of things when looking at the passengers. In doing so, they would be assuring the safety of the passenger and everyone else’s on the plane.
One of the first things flight attendants look out for is to see if any of the passengers are intoxicated. “Jay Robert of Fly Guy revealed that intoxication can be an immediate threat, especially when the passenger appears to be aggressive.” Plus, nobody wants a drunk ranting for a whole flight.
They look out for anyone who’s drunk the minute passengers start boarding. They’re even taught a few skills to stop a drunk who turns aggressive. “We are trained in basic taekwondo techniques to handle acts of aggression in the sky, but stopping them before they get up there is our main goal,” Robert explained.
It’s not like the staff have anything against pregnant women. However, some pregnant women insist on flying, even when they pass their limit. So, Robert explains, flight attendants look out for “women to see if they are hiding baby bumps with loose clothing.”
“When I say hello and a passenger responds back, I notice and think, ‘wow, that person is really nice.’ … I’ll probably go above and beyond the call of duty for a nice passenger.” OK, I need to try this.
Flight attendant Zac Ford revealed, “Typically, this is someone who is traveling alone and in street clothes, looks like they are in above average physical shape or is known emergency service personnel.” If you don’t like to get involved — ever — then a stomach pooch and a few extra pounds will work in your favor on planes. Now you can eat that donut.
Eye contact is also important for flight attendants. “More often than not, the ones who don’t make eye contact make me investigate. Are they scared of flying? Are they feeling okay? These are things people don’t tell you outright.”
Flight attendants will also look out for people who are feeling under the weather. Flying when you’re sick can be hell. It can also be hell for flight attendants when they can’t help the person as much as they want to.
Claudia Sieweck of TUIFly said, “Once all doors are closed and we’re airborne, it can get very challenging to handle medical emergencies.” It’s not like the plane can stop anywhere. Plus, unless there’s doctor, it can be scary for everyone to watch or hear a person feel unwell for an entire flight.
Comfort is another thing they look out for. Siewick also revealed, “I ask passengers if everything is alright if I have the feeling something isn’t perfect. Passengers with fear of flying get my special attention. I love to care for them and to make them feel comfortable.”
Our safety is in the hands of these people. So, as a person who’s terrified of flying, knowing the kind of things flight attendants are trained to look out for is reassuring. Although, I’m still waiting for someone to comfort me when I’m tense during a flight.