You Know You’re Cabin Crew When….

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls a very warm welcome onboard. Please stow your hand luggage, take your seats, shut up and belt up.

Recently I asked my lovely dollies across social media to answer the following statement, ‘You know you’re Cabin Crew when…..’

There were some very interesting, insightful and hilarious responses, all of which if you’ve ever been Cabin Crew, you will totally understand.

Take a look and see how many you agree with and if you have any you would like to add, then please pop them in the comments section below.

‘You Know You’re Cabin Crew When….’

  • You kick ice under the fridge at home rather than bending down and picking it up.
  • You say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ after EVERY sentence, with a fake smile plastered across your face.
  • When the kids are playing with the airport set you brought for them and you end up explaining that the catering truck would not come to the emergency door, the plane does not reverse on to stand and does not park with its nose in the air…. “IF YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH THEM PROPERLY THEN MOMMY WILL HAVE TO!”
  • You’ll say you’ll be right back….but you NEVER come back!
  • You avoid going anywhere at weekends because you cannot bear the crowds and queues. How the hell do Monday to Friday workers do it?
  • On the drive home after a days flying you’re constantly farting!
  • You can’t give directions without looking like you’re doing the safety demo.
  • You answer your phone saying, “Hi, it’s me at doors……..”.
  • The doorbell goes at home and you automatically look to the ceiling thinking it’s a call bell to see where it has gone off.
  • You wake up in the crew rest after a lovely dream to the smell of an economy breakfast bap!
  • You get on a bus or train and you have to stop yourself from telling people to put their bags under the seat in front.
  • You put on your cabin shoes to do the house-work because they’re comfier than your slippers.
  • You are officially a geek and see airport codes in car registration plates.
  • When traveling as a passenger you un-cross your legs, adopt your landing position and carry out a 30 second review when the plane comes in to land, just in case.
  • NOTHING shocks or surprises you anymore, no matter what people do.
  • All of your pens have different hotel names on them, but you still hate lending them to a passenger.
"Do you have a pen I could borrow?......." "Yes, but I want it back, that hotel biro holds many fond memories for me!"
“Do you have a pen I could borrow?…….”
“Yes, but I want it back, that Ramada biro holds many fond memories for me!”
  • When you try to put the break on your trolley, then curse because you think you’ve got ANOTHER dodgy trolley, then you realise you’re actually in the supermarket, not on an aircraft and your trolley is actually a shopping trolley.
  • You’re super excited to get a seat while on standby and the crew recognise you’re an FA before you even mention it.
  • The smell of your own cabin shoes makes you want to vomit.
  • When you touch your airline ID on your front door to get in at home.
  • You are an expert at walking down the aisle at break-neck speed, without making eye contact with a single passenger.
  • As soon as you slip on that ‘gorgeous’ polyester uniform you’re hungry, you’re tired and the Tourette’s start……“F*@K YOU”, “F*@K THIS”,”F*@K THAT”, “I CAN”T BE F*@KIN BOTHERED”.
  • You stand at doorways like an idiot saying “Buh-bye. Thank you. Have a nice day”.
  • You start calling people Sir and Madam in the supermarket.
  • The polyester is off and you’re sat on a plane going on a well-earned holiday, but you still can’t stop yourself from looking up at every chime and call bell.
  • You lock your front door and get someone to cross-check it.
  • When you’re on home standby and you’re constantly checking what you could be called for and praying no one calls in sick.
  • In a hotel room you can cook a full meal using the coffee pot and iron, use the ice bucket liner to keep your remote control in and check every bed incase of bed bugs.
  • A workmen comes to your house and you tell them where the toilets are and serve them tea or coffee on a tray.
  • You refer to cities using their airport codes, which becomes very confusing for family and friends who are not in the industry. “Where the f@*k is DXB???”.
  • Insomnia becomes a fact of life.
  • You put ‘pop’ in front of everything “Just pop your tray table away”, “Pop your seat-belt on for me”, “Pop your hand luggage away”, “Just Pop your seat-back upright”.
  • It’s your round, you ask your mates in the pub if they want a drink and then follow it up with, “Ice and lemon with that?”.
  • You excuse yourself when someone bumps in to you.
  • You are excellent at multi tasking.
  • You constantly live out of your suitcase.
  • Everything in your drawers is methodically folded up small like how you would pack a suitcase.
  • You do a silent review when you’re a passenger in someone else’s car.
  • You hold your phone like you’re about to make a PA.
  • You finish your food before anyone else has even picked up their knife and fork.
  • You can pack a suitcase in two minutes flat.
  • When friends come round for dinner and all you offer them is ‘chicken or beef?’.
  • You look for the latches on your kitchen cupboards.
  • When you add your ID number after signing something.
  • You can have a whole conversation with one of your crew colleagues by simply using your eyes.
  • When you’re on a flight as a passenger and while in the loo open the cupboard and replenish the toilet paper and hand towels to save the crew a job.
  • When you’re a passenger and you daren’t touch the call bell for fear of that death stare from another crew member, like the one you ALWAYS give to passengers on your flights if they dare press it.
  • When you call bin-liners, gash bags and everyone looks at you strangely like you’ve said a dirty word.
  • You have asbestos hands and can remove hot trays from the oven, without a glove or tea towel.
  • When you dream all night about working a full flight then wake up exhausted and actually have to go and work a full flight.
  • When you’re in the car and you say to the kids “When we land”….Instead of “When we get there.”
  • When you disembark an aircraft as a passenger and open all the overhead lockers, checking if anyone has left anything behind.
  • You try to sell your ‘well worn’ crew shoes on eBay.
  • When you find it normal for people to greet you with a seat number, rather than hello!
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  • When you dream about calls bells, missing a call out from standby or sleeping in on your first day back in work.
  • Your house constantly has that aircraft smell which is being generated from your crew bag.
  • You own two sets of uniform – one for the skinny days when you’re feeling fabulous and one for the fat days which tbf is most days.
  • You wake up in the middle of the night not knowing whether you’re at home or in a hotel and have to check your roster to make sure.
  • You grow immune to getting a numb bum from sitting on canisters in the galley.
  • When a little girl (or boy) comes up to you in the terminal and says “When I grow up, I want to be like you”.
  • When you don’t know what day it is.
  • You look up every time you hear a plane flying overhead and then open Flightradar24 to see where it’s going and then proceed to tell everyone, even though no one else cares.
  • No matter how much you say you hate your job, you secretly love it and cannot think of another role that would match this life. Once flying is in your blood it’s hard to do anything else.
  • You understand every one of these points.

© by Dan Air.

60 thoughts

  1. hahaaa LOVE IT, could not be more true. I also have said to taxi drivers “Safe flight”

    1. and I also greet people in the elevator…and have said :thank you and goodbye, when they went to their floor:))

  2. : when you travel and u heard commands to arm all doors and you just about to jump out of your seat to do it
    : when you stratled up during the night and wonder where you are and what time is it
    : the first thing you think of when u go on a duty or a vacation if the flight is full

  3. It is absolutely hysterical and I couldn’t agree more! Only cabin crew can understand and have a laugh reading those lines. It is our world that no one else could ever understand! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

  4. When i go days off and the phone rings while i am sleeping, i tell my mom to anwer, it might be an emergency call.


  6. When you haven’t been flying for 46 years years and still dream of being called out on standby.

  7. When it’s 06.00 in the morning and you have a Nob head Passenger seating in front of you trying to impress his girlfriend making funny waves with his hands how an A/C works when it takes of and his eyes are every where to see if people are hearing him out to impress . And you seat there for your 30 min review and you want to tell him that is not like that , and you do !

  8. After 25yrs. I thought it was time to give up the job and let those younger lose sleep. No one told me their should be a Rehab for retired FAs! You thought it was a good idea at the time, but now you just leave your suitcase packed in case a friend remembers you’re alive and ask it you would like to go on her trip.

  9. When you go to sleep and before switching off the lights you ensure that everything is secured!

  10. I really love it !!!!!! GREEEEAAAAAATTTTT!!!!!!!! You are the real proof that angels fly !!!!!

  11. – When you are leaving an hotel room, and you spontaneously ask to cross-check anything to your astonished travel mate…
    – When you are able to make a perfect hairbun in one minutes, with no clips, no clutch, no elastic…
    – When you, at the cinema, find in your pockets pen, paper, lipgloss, breath candies, small mirror.
    – When everybody who knows what your job is, ask to make the safety demo fo us!!

  12. When you are stuck in a timezone permanently which is NOT of the country that you are residing in!!!!

  13. Pointing to the lavatory, the only door available on a A319/320, a hundred time per day, costs you so much you dream to bang one’s head against it!

  14. As a pax you can ´ t help but checking around you that window´s blind are open, armrests down, electronic devices off etc.

  15. When you’re on annual leave anf flying back home with the company you work for, as soon as the seatbelt sign goes off, you rush to one of the galleys and start to talk with the crew….. and offer your help to count the bars, do PA’s or something else….


  17. When you are knackered on days off, don’t actually know what day it is and have gin with your breakfast! X

  18. When you are so used to saying thank you and realising just how rude some people can be and pick on people who doesn’t say thank you after you e.g. hold the door or lift open for them!

    When travelling as a pax you automatically stow all handbags under the seat infront of you, fasten up seatbelt and ensure that the window shades are up, armrests down and seats upright for takeoff and landing.

  19. when your onboard on holiday and the manual safty demo starts you pay attention haha

  20. You travel as pax and look for your shoulder harness as soon as the seatbelt sign comes on

  21. When you go to the gas station and say “hi, can I please have $20 of unleaded 91 on GATE 4” instead of pump 4. Done that many times!

  22. When you know most of the in room dining menus off head,in most of the hotels hahahahah

  23. You call EVERYONE maaaam or sir. This includes your nail technician and the check out staff at the Local supermarket.

  24. Hahahaa…Yes only a cabin crew would thoroughly enjoy reading this.. Lost the habit of kiping ph in silent mode..Thinking of ne calls regarding flites 😛 😛

  25. I never make my Flight attendants suffer and I always write a thank you comment with all their names either electronically on the Airline website or on the comment card…………….and I am a very green passenger as I use the same cup even for a 10 hours flight……………and the FA always appreciate that and I always get the gorgeous chocolate Moos left over from the First Class meal…………. as a reward……………so being a nice passenger will make your really enjoy your flight

  26. I once sat down in the cinema and fumbled behind my back to find my seatbelt..and every single time I fly as a pax, I have to fight the urge to close the overhead bins on my way to my seat.

  27. Lol! I love it! Even as a former FA, I still do some of these things. Thanks for sharing.

  28. When at home you try to put the fridge door to automatic. And, I have mates who suggest that, during sex you shout the ETA. I haven’t flown as crew for twenty seven years and I recognize most of these.. When I left flying, it was because it gave me up, not the other way round and I miss it still.

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  31. I don’t fly anymore but after about 8 years as a no1 i miss it and i understand everyone of these points even when i travel as a passenger i still look up when a call button goes off and still uncross my legs for landing lol

  32. Brilliant. A big yes to most of these.
    I absolutely hate giving pax my hotel pens!!!
    Also, it drives me crazy that I go through the cabin saying thank you every time they hand me their trash !!!!

  33. When friends mention a city in casual conversation and your mental image is of the food court at said city’s airport!

  34. When you fly as a passenger and groom your seat when you leave.

    When you call the trunk of your vehicle ‘the tail’.

  35. When you are talking to your none cabin crew friends and you sound so poshy describeing places, countries and shopping mall that you’ve been in the last 7 days from 1 side of the world to another

  36. When flying as a passenger and another passenger gets up to close a overhead bin during take off and you scream: SIT DOWN!!!!

  37. Been on ground for some time and have seen a Crew’s life quiet close… Yes, ill agree to each and every point in here, From the Verbiage to the aisle settlement to the meals, and your day to day life…when you do not really realize which day it is…to carrying yourself in the same ways whist out of duty hours. Hats off to you all….!

  38. Hahahahahaha guys you are soooooooo Brilliant l can’t stop laughing at your comments,kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  39. you always looking for a fire extinguisher wherever you go and looking for its due date.

  40. Freshers to the airline cabin crew but l have been working as a service boy and a high quifferent hotels and restaurants for the past 2 yesrs and presently.l provide high quality service to the customer.i want to join your company .

  41. And when you travel as a pax you automatically fasten the seatbelt behind you when you get up. 😀😀

  42. When you appologise for everything even when you have not don anything wrong.

    When your 3 year old son askes you if you will be taking the car or the aircraft when you tell him ; put on your shoes we are going bye bye.

    When your 3year old has don 57 flights and speaks 3 languages and think everyone on the tv is his family like on skype….

    When even on your off days you drive to the airport instead of the beach just because you are driving on automatic pilot.

    When you wake up at 6 in the morning and hear a plane take off and think to yourself : the BCN took off late today, wonder what was the problem.

    When you say have a safe flight even if someone is just going to the supermarket!

    Wake up from every call bell even when you’re on your holiday flight.

    Trying to avoid flying, hotels and tourists when traveling. I prefer, backpack, cheap hostels and sleeper trains or it does not feel like a holiday.

    Love your job but hate to tell people that you are a flight attendant or that you work for so and so airline because they will always have a story and they will always ask you for a favor.

    After 8 years your mum still send you at text because she doesn’t want to accidentally call you while your flying !!! ( she just doesn’t get it that there is no connection up there, just like your roster and off days or what a standby day actually mean)

  43. When you start chatting to people’s kids and being friendly, then you realise you’re not in uniform and you’re actually in the supermarket and are looking like a bit of a perv!!!! 🙈🙈 EVERY time I go shopping!! 😂

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