When you take a flight, you probably rarely think about what goes on behind the scenes. In fact, you’re more focused on the destination because it’s usually more exciting than where you came from. You could be going on vacation or off to see an old friend. Either way, you probably rarely think about what’s going on around you. But whether it’s because of weird coffee or weird passengers, you might be shocked to find that some pretty scandalous things are going on behind the scenes.
There are some pretty weird things that go on during a flight that many of us aren’t privy to. We’re usually left in the dark unless, of course, we happen to be sitting beside someone who starts doing weird things. What we mainly worry ourselves with when we’re flying is whether or not the plane might crash, and that’s a valid reason to worry. However, there might be more things to freak out about than whether the plane will crash or not. Flight attendants all over the world have been confessing the weirdest things they’ve seen while on the job, and you might be surprised by what you find out. Just when you thought you’ve heard everything, a stewardess starts confessing, and you realize just how wrong you were. When it comes to flying, the cabin can be a weird place to be. Check out this fun list to discover the scandalous stories that the flight attendants aren’t keeping to themselves any longer.
15. Odd Requests – Turn Off The Engines!
It’s definitely not easy flying with children; they can make a trip somewhere absolutely nightmarish, not only for the parents but also for everyone around them. All we can hope for is a great tablet and unlimited Wi-Fi. Then once they fall asleep, we might have an ounce of peace before they start up again. It happens, and it’s something we have to expect when flying. One such passenger, however, thought that he should get some special treatment when it came time for his child to sleep. Oddly enough, he thought that the engines were just too loud for his sleeping child and wanted something done about it. “A friend of mine was a flight attendant who told me that a guy called the air hostess and very politely asked if the pilot could shut off one of the jet engines so his son could sleep peacefully.”
14. Don’t Drink The Coffee
When we fly, it’s not unusual to order food and drinks while on the plane, but you might want to rethink the coffee the next time you’re on a flight. We all assume that the coffee is no different on an airplane than anywhere else, but you would be so very wrong. One attendant explained where the water comes from for that coffee that we drink. Be prepared for something pretty horrifying; you may want to rethink everything but the liquor the next time you fly. “The water we use for the coffee is pretty gross. It’s pumped from a big tank, which I don’t imagine gets cleaned very often, if at all. We call it the “galley springs.” It’s basically the same water in the plane’s holding tanks that they use for the toilets. As far as I know, the tanks have never been cleaned. Ever.” Ewwww!
13. Nicki Minaj Is a Terrible Passenger
We’ve never met Nicki Minaj in person, but allegedly, she’s one of the worst people ever to have to wait on. Surprise, surprise! She would be in a long line of celebrities who don’t treat people who wait on them very well. You would think with all that money, she could buy herself some class. Here’s one attendant’s experience with the celeb: “One of my best friends was a flight attendant for a few years, so I’ve heard some insane stories from her. My absolute favorite was when she had to wait on Nicki Minaj in first class on a flight. She said Nicki was pretty much the worst passenger she’d ever waited on. She was rude, demanding, and kept doing weird shit like order a vodka cranberry and when the flight attendant would deliver it, she’d take one sip, hand it back to her and ask for another. My friend told me that her whole posse kept doing this until they had gone through almost all the mini bottles. As a bartender, that story pissed me off to no end.”
12. The No Shame Couple
Trying to get some action on an airplane isn’t a new thing. In fact, people have tried to become part of the mile-high club for years. Whether you get to be part of the club depends on how much discretion you have. This couple definitely “sucked” at keeping things subtle. “Had a couple ‘sleeping’ near the back of the plane on an empty flight – her head was under a thin airplane blanket on his lap, obviously giving him some special oral attention while he concentrated on squeezing his eyes shut and not making noise. I did a double-take as I walked past them; it was just so obvious what was happening. I told my co-worker who went to take a look for herself and agreed. We decided to do a water service to see if it was still going on, but they had stopped by the time we got there. At the end of the flight, the girl tried to give the blanket back to my co-worker, who just said, ‘Oh, you keep it, you might need it on your next flight.’”
11. Don’t Threaten the Crew
You would think this would be common sense, but in the case of one passenger, she learned the hard way. “It was a bad weather day into St. Louis. We got struck by lightning. It happens. We get priority to land because we can’t be sure what damage occurred. Once on the ground, I do a walk-around and see the damage. The outbound flight, the last of the night, is canceled because the plane is down for what I would think are obvious reasons. We didn’t have a hotel for the night, as we were supposed to take the plane back out. So, while waiting for news from crew scheduling, we were supporting the gate agent. Man, people were PISSED. Insisting we go. I point out the window at the melted wingtip and large scorch mark on the aircraft. One lady got in my face and screamed, ‘Do you think I give a fuck about your paint job?! Get me on that plane and get me home, or you’ll be sorry!’ Needless to say, that lady didn’t go on any flight with us the next day.”
10. The Crazy People
If you fly often enough, you’re bound to come into contact with at least one crazy person like this woman who demanded quite firmly to be let off the plane. “On a flight from JFK to Heathrow post-9/11, while the plane was about 4th or 5th in line for takeoff, an American lady demanded to be let off the plane. The attendant naturally refused since the doors were closed, and they were almost at the runway. The lady went nuts and called 911 from her cell phone and said she was an American citizen being held against her will on a foreign airline, and they were about to take off, and she was going to be taken to another country. In about 3 or 4 minutes police and FBI vans surrounded the plane, pulled her out, and grounded the flight pending further investigation. In the end, she was just a nutjob who ruined everyone’s flight.”
9. The Dirty Dog
One Air Marshal didn’t know how to take no for an answer when it came to flirting with a flight attendant. They must have to deal with getting hit on all the time. In this case, the attendant was able to put the man in his place. “An Air Marshal came up to me while working in the back galley and starting talking. He asked me if we could hang out during the layover. I told him, no, but then he continued to persist and said he wanted to spend the night with me. I said, ‘I’m flattered, but I’m happily married.’ He came back and said, ‘It’s OK. No one will have to find out. It’s not like your husband is here.’ That’s when I let him know, ‘Actually, he’s our pilot.’ He slunk back in his seat like the dog he was.”
8. The Dead Body Beside You
It might be a hard pill to swallow, but there’s a good chance that if someone died while on an airplane that the airline would just leave that person there until the plane landed. What? That must be wrong! No, it’s actually real life. Oh, but don’t worry; apparently, they do cover it with a blanket (insert eye roll). I could never imagine that this would be an okay procedure, but this stewardess told a different story. “No one officially dies on a plane because it would create too much red tape. They’re simply belted into their seat and covered with a blanket. Their seatmates have to sit next to a corpse for the remainder of the flight. I had to do this once. I’m still traumatized by it. We told the other passengers he was drunk. It was insane! It was like Weekend at Bernie’s!”
7. Personal Photos
When you see two people sharing their vacation photos, your heart starts to melt, not to mention you’re probably thinking how much you could use a vacation yourself. The last thing you would expect to see when looking at vacation photos is sex scenes that would even make Christian Grey blush deeply. One stewardess came across some photos that graphically portrayed two couples that took kinky to a whole new level. “I was coming down the aisle on a flight from Aruba. Two couples were sitting either side of the aisle sharing their vacation pictures on a laptop back and forth. As I pulled the beverage cart down, I glance at the laptop. I see a pic of one of the women lying on her back on a bed naked. The other guy in the photo was aiming at her lady bits with a spear gun with a dildo attached. I could barely stand; I was laughing so much.”
6. The Nail Biter
There are some humans that can be pretty disgusting if they’re left to their own devices, and some of them have no social skills whatsoever. They think that they can do anything with their bodies, anywhere, no matter who is around. Most people would assume that they shouldn’t do anything with their toenails while on a flight somewhere, never mind starting to bite them off mid-flight. One passenger, however, just couldn’t wait to get home to deal with those pesky overgrown toenails and even had the nerve to ask the flight attendant to dispose of them later. Gross! “I had a passenger that bit off his toenails, making a small clippings pile on the small console of the seat. When he asked me to throw them out, my face wrinkled up so bad that I think he knew he was way out of line.”
5. Naughty Attendants
It’s not always the passengers you have to worry about; sometimes, the attendants themselves want to become part of the mile-high club. This one attendant shocked us all with her story of hooking up with a pilot. “The first and only time I hooked up with a pilot was on an overnight flight to Las Vegas. He knocked on my hotel door about 30 minutes after I got to my room and asked me to have a drink downstairs. One drink turned into us at a strip club, getting a lap dance and making out with the stripper! The stripper said, ‘You guys are so cute. How long have you been together?’ I laughed, ‘We’re not together. I just met him on the flight here!’ We went back to my room extremely drunk and had sex for hours. The next day we landed and went home to our families. I haven’t seen him since, but I still smile every time I think about it.”
4. The Legendary Lucille Ball
Celebrities can be a pain in the ass when it comes to waiting on them. We assume people with money would lavish attention and tips on the wait staff, but often, that’s not the case. It’s too bad that a lot of people in the service industry get treated like crap. One shocking story involved Lucille Ball, and allegedly, she was quite the diva! “My uncle worked for a major airline and was told a famous story about how a flight attendant could not speak to Lucille Ball and had to ask her assistant what Ball would want to drink. Another story was that a flight attendant accidentally dropped a glass of water on Ball. Lucille kept saying it was OK and asked for another glass of water. When the attendant came back with it, Lucille threw it right back saying, ‘How do you like it?’”
3. Always Lock the Door
When it comes to using public bathrooms, make sure to always lock the door no matter where you are, especially on an airplane. If you don’t, you may end up with some unexpected visitors. In the case of one passenger, she got more than she bargained for when she went to the bathroom. “My friend walked to the back lavatory to wash his hands. He was talking to me as he opened the door. What he didn’t know was that there was a woman sitting on the toilet who forgot to lock it. He stepped in without seeing her and was between her legs. She tried to pull her panties up quickly but couldn’t because he was standing on them. They both fell out of the bathroom.” We couldn’t even imagine such an embarrassing situation especially for a woman, but I suppose she earned it because she left the door unlocked. What was she thinking?
2. Hollywood Treatment
Celebrities are notorious for getting it on in first class, and this wouldn’t be the first time we heard about it. In the case of one celebrity, he was getting it on with someone who wasn’t his wife. They probably wouldn’t have been discovered if it wasn’t for some butt touching. “There was a Hollywood star flying in first class. In the middle of the night during the red-eye, the flight attendant call button kept chiming on and off. I ran to business class, and there was no problem. I ran to first class, and it was the Hollywood star and his ‘manager’ in the bathroom. Apparently, his or her ass was hitting the call button. We stood outside the bathroom until they came out. A week later, I saw in a tabloid that this celeb’s wife was eight months pregnant. Not so funny then.”
1. Drunken Escapades
It’s pretty well-known to the crew that people are going to try to hook up on the plane, and embarrassingly enough, they have to go and stop them. People have a hard time being subtle when it means getting some mile-high action. “I was working a flight to Houston from Newark that was delayed three hours. While sitting on the runway, the flight attendants served passengers food and alcohol while we waited. I saw a guy and girl introduce themselves when they sat down next to each other. They proceeded to get wasted. Once we took off, they went in and out of the bathroom twice together and made out constantly. She sat on his lap when we were about to land, and I had to tell her to get in her own seat. When we landed, they walked out of the plane hand-in-hand like they’d known each other for years.”