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Cabin crew reveal their least favourite customers

Cosmopolitan (UK) logo Cosmopolitan (UK) 2/07/2017 Lilian Min

A flight attendant reveals who their least favourite customers in the summer are © Getty A flight attendant reveals who their least favourite customers in the summer are Most people know that when you're heading on holiday, it gets pretty intense, fast. 

But for flight attendants, there's apparently an entire season that brings out the worst in travellers, and it's - drumroll please - summer, aka when everyone is off on their family holidays with all manner of luggage.

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) In an anonymous open letter, a flight attendant dished all about summer travel terrors for The Independent. Namely, what were attendants' biggest pet peeves about holiday travellers? In short: holidaying families, especially with inattentive dads; students, especially those going on service trips or trying to get "sneakily" drunk on the flight; and secondary school groups, of any kind.

(In his words: "Watching them - wherever they’re off to - the crew suffers from mortifying secondhand embarrassment as we watch the popular kids to try avoid sitting with the less popular, and remember our own school days. This is a Boeing 737, not the Mean Girls cafeteria, ladies and gentleman..")

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Most of these are easily guessed, but the specificity of the anon narrator's caricatures are so picture perfect that you'll be able to hear the exact tone of voice that, say, a bedraggled dad touting his whole family on his business miles, would use. 

But before you assume this cabin crew member is a moaning minnie, here's one kind of summer traveller he and other attendants look out for: unaccompanied minors.

"So whenever I have an unaccompanied minor on my flight, I roll out the red carpet. They get meals, snacks, any (soft) drink they want, and refill after refill," the author offers, and then adds, "I always make a point to let them know I once too had to go back and forth between parents and to sit back, relax and let us take care of them before they have to pretend to like the next step-parent."


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