Do you know why cabin crew stand the way they do when you board?
From serving snacks to keeping passengers informed on the progress of the flight, the cabin crew are very busy throughout the flight. Their most important job, however, is ensuring the safety of all onboard. The Cabin-crew are trained in many things from delivering babies on board to restraining dangerous passengers.They also know what to do if a fire breaks out on board or if the plane crashes.Mostly, this training is not put to use – but there is one safety based job flight attendants do every time you fly. You may have noticed when you step onto the plane, the flight attendants are standing in a particular way. At least one of the cabin-crew will have their arms behind their backs.But why is this? It is because they are hiding something from passengers, namely, a special counter.
Cabin-crew cross their hands to hide counters which tally up passengers
Doing it this way ensures they have an accurate count especially on busy flights
Similar to the one a bouncer uses to count people in to a club, flight attendants use the counters to make sure the number of passengers getting on to the plane corresponds to the number of tickets scanned. Doing it this way ensures they have an accurate count especially on busy flights, Bright Side reported. Flight attendants hide many secrets from passengers to make their flight more comfortable, but unfortunately one thing they can’t stop is unruly or rude passengers.And now a group of disgruntled travellers have taken to the internet to share their worst stories from up in the air.
Flight attendant reveals NASTY industry secrets
Cabin-crew may also keep their hands behind their backs to hide the counter
One person asked: “What was the most disturbing thing that your seatmate did during a flight?” Hundreds rushed to answer the question, trying to outdo each other with their bad experiences. Annie Wilson shared: “It wasn’t a seatmate, but a woman seated behind me.“ She was mumbling to herself in the row behind me the majority of our flight from Dallas to Cleveland. At one point I heard what sounded like a sneeze. Myself and the stranger sitting next to me were sprayed with… something. We look at each other, confused, until the smell reaches our noses. It was vomit.”