Secrets Of Flying: What Flight Attendants Know But Most Passengers Don’t

Flight attendants are required to keep passengers comfortable and safe. That doesn’t require stewards to tell passengers everything. In fact, they know many things that passengers don’t.

For instance, did you know that plane oxygen masks have time limits? Or that large planes have secret compartments for the crew to sleep? Flight attendants have revealed many facts that the average passenger doesn’t know. Learn all the facts that flight attendants secretly want to tell you.

Attendants Size You Up As You Board

Two stewardesses line up to greet passengers before they board.
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MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images

Why do flight attendants greet everyone as they board? It’s not just to be polite. They are also sizing up their passengers. No, they are not looking for a fight; they are seeing which passengers may need more assistance, who has kids, and who is traveling alone.

Flight attendants will often take mental notes on who might need more care, such as the elderly or young children. If someone seems intoxicated, they will be escorted off of the flight.