The crazy stories that come out of flights are never-ending. It also shows the terrible parts of being a flight attendant. Recently, a flight attendant refused to let a plane in the US take off after an unknown passenger spilled rice on the aisle. The flight attendant demanded that whoever spilled the rice clean it up so that the plane can take off.
Because my travels seem to involve unintentional comedy:— Jennifer Schaper (@jenschap) April 15, 2023
Just boarded the plane and somebody spilled food. The flight attendant screamed “who spilled rice?” and is walking up and down the aisles. They are refusing to leave the gate until someone cleans the rice. pic.twitter.com/f5SfdjZcGr
Update: there were a few bumps so they didn’t give us beverage service. I think it was punishment. #RiceGate @SouthwestAir— Jennifer Schaper (@jenschap) April 15, 2023
While this situation seems comical, it is just one of the many things flight attendants have to deal with. For the record, it is NOT a flight attendant's job to clean up the mess created by passengers. They are only there to ensure the safety of passengers and are not housemaids.
Here are a few incidents where a flight attendant's patience was tested:
The flight attendant @united just made my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a 5 year old and 2 year old get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess by my youngest daughter. Are you kidding me?!?! pic.twitter.com/vLYyLyJC54— Anthony Bass (@AnthonyBass52) April 16, 2023
Genuinely curious who should clean up the mess your 2 year old made? As a parent of three kids I am the one responsible for them.— P wentink (@pwentink22) April 16, 2023
Indigo 6E 762 : Guwahati to Delhi.Intoxicated passenger vomited on the aisle and defecated all around the toilet.Leading lady Shewta cleaned up all the mess and all the girls managed the situation exceptionally well.Salute girl power🙏#Indigo #girlpower #DGCA pic.twitter.com/iNelQs48Tc— Bhaskar Dev Konwar @BD (@bdkonwar) March 26, 2023
The flight crew seem like victims here. This is a disgusting part of their job. Glorifying this as "girl power" is beyond my comprehension. This is similar to calling manual scavengers as the heroes of our society, instead of acknowledging that they are victims of corruption.— Ishan Chattopadhyaya (@ichattopadhyaya) March 29, 2023
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Flight attendants are not home maids, servants or cleaners. This was made amply clear by a flight attendant on an Indigo flight in 2022 when she screamed at a passenger for calling her a servant and behaving rudely.
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