That’s Not Water on the Floor….

…and a few other things that you might not be familiar with!

  1. That’s not water on the floor of the lavatory.

    Yes, I can personally vouch that the aircraft toilets are cleaned as often as humanely possible, especially on long haul flights. But please, PLEASE do not go barefoot or wear socks into the toilets. That isn’t water on the floor, it is most likely someone’s “something” that you do not want to be treading in.

  2. Don’t be THAT Girl/Guy…

    …who takes their smelly shoes off and lets their podiatry pong fumigate the rest of the cabin. If you must take your shoes off, try to mask the smell buy using a wet wipe to clean your feet (IN THE TOILETS NOT AT YOUR SEAT) and then put clean socks on. No one wants to smell your gross feet, not even your loving boyfriend/girlfriend trying not to dry retch next to you.

  3. Delays aren’t fun for anyone.

    Especially not Cabin Crew! Did you know that if the aircraft door is open, and/or the chocks “brakes” of the aircraft are on, then Cabin Crew do not get paid? Basically, they are doing their job, and dealing with potentially grumpy, frustrated passengers and depleting the cabin supplies on ground. For free! So next time your impending holiday plans are hindered by a delay, spare a thought for the dedicated and generous crew who are just as upset as you are. Except they aren’t getting paid and their rosters (and layover plans) are probably going to be ruined for the rest of the month too!

  4. You make money while you are asleep.

    Crew have time in the Cabin Crew Rest Compartment, which is a part underneath or inside the economy cabin. It comes equipped with bunk beds, covered with curtains. This is where you sleep on long flights to ensure you receive your legal rest on flights of 10.5 hours or more. It also gives you a little bit of a break so that you remain patient and friendly and in customer service mode at all times!

  5. Hot water bottles are priceless.

    You can take them on board, and have the crew fill them up in the galley when convenient. Don’t ask during the service! They are busy and most likely stressed.


    If you have time in the Cabin Crew Rest Compartment, and you forget your water bottle, one can easily be fashioned by pouring ½ boiling water and ½ cold water into an empty on board water/soft drink bottle, and covering with an In Flight amenity kit sock to keep you toasty warm and make sure you have a good rest!

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Taylor has been loving and living the Aviation dream for 5 years. She has flown as Cabin Crew for an International Airline based in Dubai, where she lived and worked. Taylor is now based in her hometown of Perth, Western Australia, as a Lounge Agent for the national carrier.

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