Flights see cabin crew and pilots all working together to get plane passengers to their destination. They spend many hours together while onboard and even more away from the aircraft if they’re travelling long-haul. Long-distance flights can see crew put up in hotels for several nights at a time. Many people often wonder what happens between flight attendants and pilots while they’re away together.
A cabin crew member has revealed what they get up to while away working on such trips.
The former flight attendant told Stuff.co.nz: “If you think about stories in your own workplace, when do scandals often happen? Work trips.
“Well, our job is all one big work trip, so as you would expect, it does happen.”
Passengers also try to romance cabin crew while they’re at work, the attendant added.
“I’ve had business cards slipped to me, notes scribbled on napkins,” the crew member said.
“It doesn’t happen a lot – but coming into contact with so many people, eventually, you’re going to get someone trying their luck.”
All this can prove very difficult for partners of cabin crew who don’t know what their other halves could be getting up to while away from home.
Flight attendant Heather Poole revealed in her book Cruising Attitude that pilots are the ultimate threat for partners.
“A relationship with a flight attendant can be tricky,” Poole wrote, “because being a flight attendant isn’t just a job it’s a lifestyle.
“No matter how many times we try to explain it, most people have a hard time really grasping that the only thing consistent about our lifestyle is just how inconsistent it truly is.
“Our schedules are always changing, making it difficult to create long-term plans with loved ones.
“We work odd hours and rarely get holidays and weekends off. We’re away from home for days at a time, and a lot of that time is spent at hotels with colleagues of the opposite sex.
“There aren’t a lot of people who can handle that. This is especially true for those involved before their flight attendant career began.
“It’s just too difficult for most men to deal with. Nine times out of ten, imaginations get the best of those left on the ground.”
Last month, British Airways cabin crew were suspended after displaying “disgusting” behaviour during a stopover in Singapore.
Three BA flight attendants were in the island city-state after a 14-hour flight from London Heathrow. According to a source, the “frisky crew” became drunk while staying in their Singapore hotel.
The two men and one woman allegedly stripped naked and ran down hotel corridors “creating havoc,” as part of a dare, reported The Sun.