FLIGHT attendants are smiley and chatty with everyone, it’s part of their job, so if you’re wondering if they fancy you, they probably don’t.
Saying that every now and again the cabin crew member you think is taking extra special care pouring your Diet Coke might actually be interested.
Flight attendants have a special language they use to talk about passengers, including the ones they find attractive.
According to the late cabin crew member Owen Beddall, who wrote the book Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant, his colleagues would use the word ‘Bob’ to refer to good-looking travelers.
The term stands for ‘Best on board’ and staff uses it to point out a passenger to others without alerting members of the public.
There’s another secret word for when the crew has a crush on passengers – you won’t find out until it’s pretty much too late though.
According to one senior member of the cabin crew in Australia, the “cheerio game” is played when passengers are disembarking from the plane.
The crew member, who goes by the name LTN330 on the Cabin Crew forum said: “There’s the cheerio game you can play when passengers disembark.
“When you’re standing there going ‘buh-bye, thank you, take care’ etc when you see someone you fancy, you say ‘cheerio’.”
“You need to do it with a buddy and the challenge is to keep a straight face.”
And if you hear a flight attendant referring to hot coffee in your aisle but don’t spot anyone drinking a hot beverage, chances are there’s a good-looking passenger nearby.
In an interview with Yahoo, flight attendant Emily Witkop revealed: “I recall for a few years there was a ‘hot coffee’ code among flight attendants.
“You would say, ‘I’ve got hot coffee in 3B!’ Which meant there was an extremely attractive passenger in that particular seat who the other flight attendants should check out.”
There are a number of other secret phrases used by pilots and cabin crew too, some serious and others less so.
This is a rude one, used by the cabin crew. “Cropdusting is a disgusting, albeit very common, method of retribution,” says flight attendant and author of the Crewed Talk column on Flyertalk.com Amanda Pleva.
“If a passenger is being very rude and difficult, then it’s not unheard of for a flight attendant to break wind and ‘cropdust’ past the offender.”
“Childish? Yes. Satisfying? Also yes.”
This is used by airport staff to alert other staff of a missing child, in honour of Adam Walsh, a child who was abducted in a department store in 1981.
If a pilot “squawks 7500” it means the plane has been hijacked, or a hijacking is a threat.
If you hear this phrase, usually made by senior cabin crew, it means that the emergency slides attached to each door have been deactivated.
Otherwise, the slide will deploy automatically as soon as the door is opened.
A deadhead is when a member of the cabin crew is on the flight but not working – so they’re just there as a passenger because the airline needs to get them from one location to another.
We all know people at work who can be defensive about their own space. A galley queen is a flight attendant working in the galley position who won’t let uninvited guests in his or her
Chances are you’ve been on a flight with a baby wailing and crying for the duration. The cabin crew allegedly dub a child the ‘baby Jesus’ when its parents treat it as the most important passenger, which may end up with mum and dad being rude to the crew.
This code phrase is used when elderly passengers need help to board the plane but “miraculously” do not need wheelchairs anymore when it’s time to leave.
Ever wondered what cabin crew does between their endless flights? They probably go to a ‘crash pad’ – which is an apartment or home that crew members share as a spot to sleep between flights, sometimes with up to 30 beds or bunks.
This code term is originally military slang for when a crew member’s bunk has been occupied by someone else just before them… so recently that it’s still “hot!”
Rumors are that sometimes flight attendants like to indulge in a special drink concoction. One insider claimed it is usually put together from ingredients onboard a flight. The crew juice is normally for overnight stays only.
You’ve invited someone for an after-work drink time after time, but they never show. That happens for cabin crew, too, apparently.
A ‘slam clicker’ is a flight attendant who shuns social gatherings during overnight stays, choosing instead to head straight for the hotel room (slamming their door) and doesn’t come out (‘clicking’ the lock shut).
This one is simply a crew member who enjoys working in coach class.
You know the bit of the flight when the cabin crew checks your seat belt is done up? The slang for this is apparently going on ‘crotch watch’.
Used when someone puts on a new layer of makeup before the plane lands.
Have you ever heard cabin crew use some of this slang?