Flight attendants reveal shocking requests of passengers

Flight attendants explain what really irritates them at 30,000 feet.


The most annoying passengers on a flight, its usually people who talk a lot, fall asleep on you, or there are too many pockets, so you need to check yours.

What all these cases have in common is that they affect you, the passenger. Passengers in an airplane rarely think about what members of the crew have to deal with.

As it turns out, that a number of the requests are outrageous, shocking, or absolutely hilarious.

  • 1.

    Can I have this dance?


    “An elderly world war II veteran asked me to dance with him in the aisle of the first class,” Heather Poole, flight attendant and author of the New York Times bestseller Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers.

    It was agreed.

    “That was nice. But, for the record, I would not dance with someone else,” she adds.

  • 2.

    I need help with this girl…


    “I once helped a passenger with his love, his life as he explained to me that there is a” the most beautiful girl, sitting in a 8C,” Lia Volpe, a flight attendant and owner of Flight Attendant Prep Academy, says.

    He gave Volpe a napkin with his name and phone number.

    “Can you give it to her? I’m too embarrassed to it to her,” he said. “So, I walk to the 8C and give her the napkin. She starts to giggle and starts to blush, looking back and winking.”

    The lady waited for him to get out of the plane and both together, Volpe says.

  • 3.

    Baby in the overhead bin


    “A passenger tried to push her baby in an overhead bin,” Poole says.

    As you can imagine, the request was not granted. As shocking as this may sound, it happened more than once. Volpe says a time that the crew was on the plane ready for the start, and she started hearing a baby crying in the overhead bin.

    “I immediately took the baby down from the overhead bin, where it was put up between two pieces of luggage.[…]The mother claimed it was her new-born child [and] asked if she could have her baby in the overhead bin because it looked like a bassinet and thought that is where the baby was supposed to be during the entire flight.”

  • 4.

    Mail me your shoes, please


    “I had a passenger offer to fix my shoes,” Poole says.

    She had no idea that they needed to be repaired, but the person was a shoemaker, so he may have seen something that most people won’t notice it.

    “He has told me that the box them up and mail them to the address on his business card.”

    Apparently there is a market for used flight attendant shoes on eBay.


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  • 5.

    Can we join the “Mile High Club”?


    “There was a honeymoon couple on our flight who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. They were making out and cuddling for all to see. As I was passing by, they stopped me and asked if they could join the ‘Mile High Club’, the Volpe says.

    She told them that they would be bringing the beverage cart passed, the startup of the service all the way in the front of the plane, and then the couple would have 15 minutes.

    “I gave them the advice that they should go. They left very happy and thanked me on their way out.”

  • 6.

    Where is the scope located?


    “A passenger once asked me where the playground was,” Poole says. “I looked around and tried not to laugh. Then I reminded her that ‘you are in an aeroplane.’

    She said: “it would be nice if there is a play area for children. This is a long flight.'”

  • 7.

    Can I use the oxygen mask the entire flight?


    Volpe was once asked by an elderly passenger as he could make use of the oxygen mask the entire flight.

    “I told him that he is not needed, unless there is an emergency and we had to have extra oxygen in the air. Little did I know that this was his first time flying, and he thought you needed to use the oxygen mask while we flew the entire time,” she adds.

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