The 15 Craziest Things Flight Attendants Have Seen on the Job
Flight attendants are always meeting new travelers, so it’s no surprise they’ve gathered some funny, scary, and just plain bizarre stories along the way.
No stupid questions?
“Strange requests soon become the norm after a while. Frequently asked questions include: ‘Is there a window open on this plane because it’s freezing’—mid flight! ‘What is that loud noise and will it continue throughout the flight?’—talking about the aircraft engines! ‘Where are we at the moment?’ —when flying over open ocean! ‘I’ve left something at home/in the airport/in my car. Can we turn around?’” —Air. Learn the first thing flight attendants really notice about you.
On the loose
“We have had crazy stories around an animal escaping, or a passenger not listening to the rules about holding the animal and keeping it in the cage. Some people think they will be sneaky for a few minutes and take them out, and the animal starts running down the aisle.” —Richter
“On a 5 a.m. flight from Houston to Dallas—which is 30 minutes, if that—a woman had left her frilly pink thong in the lavatory. It was like she was trying to throw it away and left half of it in but left the rest hanging out, so she wasn’t trying to hide it.” —flight attendant with Southwest
On a 3 a.m. flight from a mining town, most of the passengers were male miners, except for two female passengers, who seemed to be strippers. “By 4 [a.m.] they were hammered and were making a game of walking through the aisles, taking bribes on who was going to take them into the lavatory. … We don’t know who the lucky winner was on that flight because we think they felt us hawk-eyeing them.” —Richter. Find out how many flight attendants have sex on planes (it’s more than you think!).
Doctor on call
“A passenger is slumped all over in the aisle and his eyes are kind of rolled in the back of his head and there’s vomit all over, so we’re thinking it’s a seizure. There ends up being an ER nurse onboard, next to a woman who clearly had been drinking. We’re trying to get her out of the aisle and the drunk woman is saying ‘I’ll come too, because my dad is a doctor and I know how to deal with this situation.’ By the time I get back, this poor ER nurse is covered in vomit, and we start asking this kid, ‘What’s wrong? Do you have a preexisting condition? Are you on any medication?’ He just sits up and says, ‘Oh my God, I’m so wasted.’ We’re like ‘Are you kidding me?’ … By the time we get to Albuquerque, he had no idea what city he was in or who was picking him up or if he’d driven. We had a wheelchair pick him up and take him down to baggage.” —flight attendant with Southwest. Find out how likely it is to have a doctor onboard a flight.