How to Not Get Kicked Off A Flight
Believe it or not, it’s actually very easy to board a plane and get to your destination without drama. I’ll admit that flying these days feels a little less regal than it used to. Seats have gotten smaller and all of the attached fees have become a little bit ridiculous.
Clearly, it has caused some tension to rise in the whole experience and being detained for joking about a bomb is no longer just a scene out of the movies. So, I can’t even believe I’m writing this but with all the recent craziness in the airline industry, it might be time to brush up on a little common sense.
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Be Respectful of the Flight Attendants
Flight attendants are not waiters and waitresses of the sky. They are trained to deal with emergency situations and identify threats. They’re even trained to recognize sex traffickers! But, yes, they will also fix your backseat TV and bring you drinks.
So, don’t bite the hand that feeds you! They are the most underpaid and overworked individuals in the aviation industry. If the plane is delayed, I guarantee you it’s not their fault, so try not to treat them like it is. In fact, they’re probably just as upset about the delay as you are.
Flight attendants can pull you from a flight. If you abuse them, call them names or make fun of them, they will remove you. They can do that, they don’t have to put up with you. Yes, this is a free country but it’s not free from consequences. Airlines are private companies and they reserve the right to refuse service to jerks.
Be Respectful of the Airlines
Your flight was cancelled or delayed. It’s frustrating, I get it. I’ve been there a hundred times, it sucks. When you finally get on the plane en route to your destination, how about you thank the crew and staff instead of trashing the airline they work for? They don’t come to your job and rank on your company. If getting to your destination on time is absolutely crucial, check out airlines with the best on time records. It might not be the cheapest ticket but you’ll have less of a risk for a delay.
Don’t Get Drunk
Too much alcohol makes for the worst kind of passenger. Maybe you’re a happy, harmless drunk but the flight attendants don’t know that. All they know is they smell booze and a potential issue.
Alcohol effects everyone differently but having too much typically makes people belligerent, hostile and prone to vomit. So flight attendants need to protect themselves and the rest of the passengers. If you need a drink to ease some flying anxiety, know your limits, because no one wants to deal with that!
Be Respectful of the Passengers Around You
It appears that this has been an ongoing issue for quite a while as I’ve heard complaints and experienced such unpleasantness for years. Don’t stick your feet on the armrest of the person in front of you. Don’t let your child kick the seat of the person in front of you. Also, keep your health in check. If you’re visibly sick or have something contagious such as lice, you pose a health risk and can be pulled from a flight.
Don’t Make a Scene
If it came to this point, chances are you’re the type of person to make a scene so this may fall on deaf ears. But, if you don’t feel like being made fun of, going viral on youtube, or becoming a meme, just get off the plane when asked. If you don’t get off the plane when they ask you too, they can (and will) bring on an officer to remove you, as you’ve probably seen.
Arguing with flight attendants will get you nowhere. All it tells them is you’re not following their orders and they were right to ask you to leave. Everyone has a phone with a camera so keep your self-respect and use your own two feet to get off the plane. If you comply, they’ll get started on putting you on another flight. If you don’t, they can ban you for life and then you won’t get anywhere!
There are so many different things that have cause people and families to get kicked off of a flight for in the past few years. But, I feel like most of them boil down to a lack of common sense and uncontrolled tempers. Every day there are thousands of flights that take off and land without a single issue so if you can manage to keep your cool, the crew can too.