#6 originally appeared on Skyscanner.com: 10 More Air Travel Mysteries Solved. (NOTE: Miracles do happen, which is why I wouldn’t say it’s “pure myth” that a flight attendant can upgrade you to first class, but I will say you have a much better shot with an agent. Agents are the ones with the upgrading powers.)
6. Can I get an upgrade if I complain about my seat?
It is pure myth that a flight attendant can upgrade your ticket whilst you are actually seated, even if it’s on fire. We revealed the many tricks people will try to get an upgrade, but according to Heather Poole, author of Cruising Attitude, you won’t get it from a flight attendant. Your best bet is to enquire politely at the check-in desk before you board the plane. But don’t try to chat up the airline staff. You’ll only embarrass yourself.
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...