6 Things Flight Attendants Generally Notice About Passengers As They Board A Plane

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In my humble opinion, flight attendants should receive far more recognition than they generally do. From dealing with unruly passengers to navigating those beverage carts in turbulence, flight attendants have a lot to deal with. And as it turns out, they notice some pretty specific things about their passengers the second they step foot on their plane.

1. Your Smell

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I don’t mean that flight attendants are going around sniffing you to see whether you’re wearing deodorant. Flight attendants are always aware if a passenger smells strongly of alcohol. If you’ve had one too many in the airport bar, flight attendants have the ability to refuse a passenger boarding. It’s fine to have a drink or two in the airport or on the plane, but drink responsibly if you want to stay on your flight!

2. Your Outfit

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Again, flight attendants aren’t walking around to see who’s wearing the latest trends and designer names. However, many commercial airlines have dress codes, so flight attendants will walk around to ensure passengers aren’t wearing something that shows too much skin, etc.

3. Your Age

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Flight attendants will take a mental note of their passengers’ ages for safety reasons. For example, passengers under the age of 15 aren’t allowed to occupy the emergency exit row seats; they have to be occupied by older passengers. Additionally, flight attendants will take note of unaccompanied minors to ensure they stay safe throughout their flight and get to their next destination safely.

4. Your Manners

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When a flight attendant is giving a safety demonstration, they expect you to listen. The same goes for when the flight gets turbulent and you’re asked to remain seated. If you follow your flight attendants’ directions and demonstrate basic manners (like saying please and thank you), they may even go above and beyond to ensure you’re having a comfortable flight.

5. Your Health

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Flight attendants are trained to be observant of passengers with health concerns. If a passenger has a disability, they will ensure that passenger has additional assistance if required. Flight attendants can also deem a passenger unfit to fly if they exhibit noticeable symptoms like excessive vomiting (unrelated to motion sickness) to ensure that the other passengers on board don’t get sick as well.

6. Your General Disposition

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You may have heard about multiple flight attendants being observant enough to recognize the signs of human trafficking on commercial airlines and saving victims of these heinous crimes. Human trafficking happens all over the world, and flight attendants are receiving more training to recognize these signs. As a result, flight attendants will notice your general disposition and will try to determine if a passenger is uncomfortable or may be in danger.