18 Major Secrets Your Flight Attendants Won’t Tell You

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They have a special sleeping cabin on international flights.

If you’ve ever wondered how flight attendants stay so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on 14-hour flights, it’s not just because they’re used to long hours. “There is a secret cabin for us upstairs where we take a nap for sleep,” says one flight attendant.

They would advise you not to drink that airplane coffee.

If you’re ordering a drink on board, it’s probably best to skip anything that doesn’t come from a bottle or can. “I personally would not drink the potable water from the aircraft. So, the tea, coffee… I would avoid,” says one flight attendant. “The water isn’t so bad, but how often do you really think those tanks are cleaned?”

They rarely have to kick passengers off a flight.

While you should definitely be on your best behavior aboard a plane, people aren’t actually kicked off flights as frequently as the news might have you think. “People are removed from flights rarely,” says Rivers. “Personally, I try to be as accommodating as possible. Even when I catch passengers on their cell phones (making calls, texting, etc., when we have asked them to go into airplane mode), I give them another request to comply. I’ve never kicked anybody off a flight. I’ve never had a passenger confront me. I think it’s because I give respect and my demeanor dictates that I get respect.”

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