“Fucking a flight attendant,” she told him, laughing and trying to drink the rest of her Orangina at the same time, “is no different from fucking a waitress if you’re not getting any flight benefits out of it. Hell, fucking any woman with a job. Stop taking pride in the wrong things.” I laughed, too, and when he walked off, ego hurt and saddened, I walked over and asked if I could interview her for Passport Required. She told me it’d be cool as long as I don’t use her name, and as long as no one new she was a Flight Attendant for American, or Delta, or Southwest, or whoever she works for.
She gave me 5 minutes.
Me: Give me 10 things every passenger should know Flight Attendants hate. Be candid. Your name will not be published.
Her: Oooh. Give me your email, and I promise to send you a list by tomorrow. These are things I need to think about.
She told the truth. I woke up to this:
She stopped there. I messages her one last question, “What’s the worst thing you did to a passenger who made you upset?” Two days later, she responded, “let’s just say, if you ever piss off your flight attendant, at least a couple of the ones on my airline, do not order a drink that’s isn’t prepackaged.”
Happy flying. Treat your Flight Attendants with respect.