This letter popped up on my crew confessions page. It was just too funny not to feature here….
I’m one of the road warriors that spends nearly as much time in the air and hotels as flight crews. I generally sympathize with flight attendants, especially during this time of year which I call “amateur season”.
You, like me, probably also hate inconsiderate hotel guests, those who come in late at night, have loud conversations in the hallway, and allow room doors to slam in the middle of the night. Its even worse when you have a short night already due to a late meeting and a 4Am wake up call and a full day of meetings in the next city before catching a late night flight home for the weekend. But revenge is sweet.
I ignored it when the first late arriving flight crew slammed their doors at 12:30Am and I rolled over and went back to sleep about 15 or 20 minutes later. But shortly thereafter another flight crew did the above as they checked in at 1:30am, standing outside their room doors (and mine) yacking it up loudly enough to wake me, and long enough for me to have time to put pants on, open the door and point out that they were being quite rude and to please keep it down. All I got were arrogant looks and smirks…, then more doors slamming, and again a few minutes later as they hung the “do not disturb” signs on their doors. So since I could not go back to sleep anyhow, I got more work done and left the hotel early to get some coffee on my way to the airport.
But before leaving, I direct dialed each of their rooms and, as soon as they answered the phone, in my most pleasant voice announced it was their wake up call. Oh, yeah, and before that, I removed the “Do not disturb” signs from their doors, took their newspapers, and placed used room service trays in front of their doors as well, that way the housekeeping crew would be more likely to knock as this is their signal the room is likely vacated. Revenge is sweet indeed. To the Delta crew that had an early wake up call near CLT, you deserved it. To other crews who read this, please, have some consideration when you are in the same position. I do.
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...