Here’s a safe way for cabin crew to say you can earn a few extra extras on a flight.
Who wouldn’t prefer better treatment, a more comfortable seat, more legroom or even free food and other perks the next time they take off on business or on vacation?
This is the eternal question for countless air travelers who find themselves, for lack of means or other circumstances, stuck in economy class with the base.
The struggle to earn an upgrade to First Class or Business Class, while rare, might not be as difficult as you think – as long as you play your cards right.
There’s a way to improve your odds of getting that elusive upgrade or at the very least a few extra extras, writes The Express.
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It turns out that the cabin crew may select certain passengers for the luxury treatment.
A flight attendant decided to break the blanket and divulge what air travelers need to do to get a taste of the good life – and it may surprise you how easy it is.
“What always works is when people bring the crew candy, chocolates or whatever,” revealed Helena Afroughi, an experienced member of the cabin crew.
“And they are making themselves known,” she added. “Don’t just give it up and run away.”
“Usually people do it to thank you, but I’ve seen it more with people who also have family who work as a crew, so they appreciate the crew more,” she explained.
“If someone brings chocolate or something, we ask them if they’re on the crew because we automatically think it’s because of that.”
This simple act of kindness and consideration could be the key.
“When people do that, the cabin manager would be like ‘make sure you go see him and ask him if he wants coffee or tea’ because we could give it away for free,” Helena said.
“I had this very young child once, who came to bring us little gifts from Bath and Body Works – a store in the United States – he bought us mini hand sanitizers.
“It was the cutest thing ever.”
Another practical tip is the simple and straightforward usability.
“You can come talk to us a bit,” Helena said. “Not too much, unless the conversation is flowing, because I have had passengers who sit there and talk forever.
“And after that, just ask. If you ask nicely and nicely, it’s rare for a crew to say no.”
She added: “Airlines have their own rules and things about giveaways, but it doesn’t hurt to ask, you never know.”
Another tip is to scan the cabin crew and pick the one that appears to be in the driver’s seat – or the most experienced.
“I think a new cabin crew member would have a hard time saying yes [to an upgrade] because they are afraid of the consequences (again it depends on the airline), ”Helena said.
“But, generally, when you’ve been with the airline for a while, you know what is completely prohibited and what is acceptable.
“So finding a slightly more experienced crew member might help – or finding one that you can tell is nice. Don’t go for the cabin crew who are cranky and strict.”
She added: “I think asking the crew (when you’re alone with them, not in front of other passengers) is also important to note.
“Like there’s a disruptive passenger or something, it’s a good icebreaker for the passengers, and I think it can bring you closer to the crew.
“Maybe they’ll like you even more because you understand that passengers can be disruptive and rude.”
East Midlands accommodates over four million passengers and takes them around the world or welcomes them on their way home.
It serves over 80 leisure and business destinations and supports over 6,000 jobs, while generating around £ 300million for the region.
It has won numerous prestigious awards, including the best UK regional airport for customer service in 2013. The airport is the UK’s leading supplier of pure freight airports as it handles around 300,000 tonnes per year.
The team is dedicated to helping keep communications moving and the airport is home to major air freight operators including DHL, TNT and UPS, in addition to being a major air hub for Royal Mail.
The East Midlands Airport Air Traffic Control Tower stands over 52 meters tall, with a construction of 750 tonnes of concrete and a construction cost of £ 3.5million.
The airport also has the UK’s sixth longest civilian runway, with a length of 2,893 meters.
The on-site airport fire trucks are about three times the size of standard fire trucks, with the larger device capable of producing 350 gallons of foam and 3,000 gallons of water.
Another flight attendant, Miguel Munoz, said: “To get better treatment, like the best seat or move to higher seats where you have more legroom, for example, the best trick is to just be nice, and to ask.
“Basically ask – but be nice.
“So when you arrive say hello to the crew, say hello, ask how their day was, treat them like human beings and not like they are there to serve you.
“Which, by the way, is not true. They are not there to serve you, they are there for your safety.”
He added: “For example, if the captain asks us to move passengers and I have to choose two people to sit in the wings, I would choose the ones who have been nice to me.”
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