We'd like to think we know enough about what goes on behind the scenes on an airplane. After all, they show us that nice video with the safety demonstration before take-off. That's all we need to know, right? RIGHT???
This piece is based on an AskReddit thread. Link on the last page.
1/27. I'm a flight attendant, and I’m here to tell you: NEVER take your shoes off on a plane. So many incidents occur in-flight every day that you would never see or consider.
For example, on my last trip, an elderly man accidentally ruined the flight for everybody by taking a dump on the floor! Then he stepped in it, and walked away like it had never happened.
Pee and poop happens, all over. I feel like I witness accidents pretty regularly; in seats or in the lavatory. People get nose bleeds, or their wounds open. Obviously when we land, the plane is thoroughly cleaned. But during the flight, our resources are limited.
By the way, DON'T CHANGE YOUR BABY'S DIAPER ON THE TRAY TABLE. This also happens all the time. It's unsanitary! People use the tray table to eat, put their personal things on, etc.
Lastly, it is NOT the responsibility of a flight attendant to lift your bag. There have been multiple injuries caused by flight attendants lifting heavy bags to be friendly, and then they're out of their job for months or even years. If you pack it, you lift it. If it's too heavy for you, it's too heavy for us.
2/27. There are sometimes body parts in the storage area near your luggage (when they are flying transplants to hospitals). Also, your pets are in the same area as well.
3/27. I was cabin crew for five years - long haul only - and whilst we've all passed the exams and tests and blah blah blah and we have a refresher course every year, you never really know how anyone will react in any kind of emergency until it happens. Do you? (continued...)