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Secrets of flight attendants revealed


They don’t get paid until the doors are shut, have some very nasty nicknames and could probably punch your lights out.

They greet you with a smile, serve you drinks and some seriously questionable food while taking care of all your little in-flight problems.

But there’s a lot more to the average flight attendant than meets the eye.

From some rather fruity in-flight slang to the tricks they use to look good even after the most gruelling of long-haul flights – just don’t call them trolley dollies!

 1. They only get paid when they plane doors are closed

Despite all the hard work at check in and helping to cram those oversize bags into the overhead lockers, flight attendants only officially clock on when the doors are closed.

Even if the flight is delayed or cancelled they will only be receiving a minimal expense allowance usually around £1 an hour.

So bear that in mind the next time you feel like venting your fury on an attendant when you’re left waiting at the gate for a few extra minutes.

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