Welcome to "Stewardess Rants & Raves" – a blogging vent sessions based on my bizarre life as a flight attendant. Read about how I deal with the general public in one of the most stressful situations – air travel. Please forgive me in advance for my sarcasm.
Still at the gate, before we begin the safety demonstration,*ding* the call button goes off. I answer it pleasantly. He wants a vodka.
Five minutes after takeoff, can’t use electronics yet,*ding* call button goes off. I scurry up the steep incline of the plane, risking my safety. He wants a vodka.
“We’ll be with you soon sir, when we can… we are still climbing in altitude. I promise, we’ll get you a vodka.” (I am actually pretty peachy sometimes)
So we get him a vodka. Then another vodka. *ding* And yet another vodka.
Did I mention there was another call light for the third vodka?
Finally, after 5 *dings* and a few vodkas, this guy is vodka-satisfied.
No more call lights.
Ok, one last call light.
*ding* The other flight attendant and I both look at each other. We see where the call light is coming from. We know who it is and what he wants. So I proactively grab a vodka.
To my surprise, he doesn’t want vodka. This time the *ding*-happy passenger is holding out 3 $20 bills – one for each of us! He gave us a $60 tip for a few vodkas?
Conclusion: I think he was messing with us. He wanted to see if we would flip out on his annoying tendency for ringing his call button so often. He wanted to see if we were going to cut him off. This was a test!
Well, I think we passed! Today, we were nice and patient, and got rewarded for it. Thanks for testing us Mr. Vodka… but I am just going to warn you, we aren’t all going to give you vodkas and smiles if you ring your call button that many times. 😉
Disclosure: I want to let you in on a little piece of my life, and this is why I am starting this feature. I hope you enjoy my stories… with a grain of salt of course! My travel stories are in no way a reflection on my employer.