Flight Attendant Pet Peeve #6 – The run around


My job as a flight attendant is to be there in case of an emergency. Until then, I’ll do whatever I can to make sure your flight runs as smoothly as possible. That’s why I’m there. That’s my job. And while I enjoy my job tremendously, there are a few things that annoy me.

Scott Carmichael touched on one of those things in his recent post, 10 passengers we love to hate: Day 8 – passengers who misuse the flight attendant call button. Whenever someone abuses the call light, I often times wonder if I’m unknowingly on an episode of Punk’d. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind when passengers use their call lights, it’s there for a reason, but there is a limit as to how many times you should use it. Fifteen times on a three hour flight is a bit much, don’t ya think?

Another thing I find a bit much is when passengers can’t seem to get it together, passengers who have a tendency to run me ragged, passengers who treat me like their personal slave assistant. Here’s an example of what not to do on a flight…

We’ve just finished the service and that’s when I hear it – DING! Immediately I look up at the flight attendant panel and see that a passenger on the right hand side of the aircraft is calling. I step into the aisle, scan the cabin, and when I locate the light, I begin walking toward the single orange glow.

I reach up, push the button, and the light turns off. “Is there something I can get for you?”

“Diet Coke,” you say, and because you’re asking so soon after the service is over, I assume you were asleep when we came through the aisle with our carts.

“Sure, I’ll be right back.” To the rear of the aircraft and into the galley I go. I grab a plastic cup, a can of soda, and a napkin. Then I head back to your seat, placing it all on the tray table in front of you.




  1. I am happy to tell you that the only time I’ve ever used the call button in my &% years of flying is when the flight attendants wanted us to push it if we had exact change that we could exchange for bigger bills since they were running out.

    • I hope I didn’t scare people away from using the call light, because that was not my intention…just talking about those who use it TOO much. 🙂 I know you, Amy, are a great passenger – frequent fliers almost always are

  2. I swear I was sitting next to that guy (or one just like him). Makes me want to just “acidentally” elbow him in the face as I try to go to the lavatory and get my laviators pic.

    • OMG – you are too funny! Who ARE you? I’ve gotta know. And when will I get the lav shot? Looking forward to it.

      • I was going to take my shot last week on my trip from Phoenix to Manchester but just crashed after wheel up woke up when they announced to put the tray tables up. Soon though.

        I try to just settle in, relax, listen to jazz and veg for the long flights but I always seems to end up next to an annoying guy like that.

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