Is It OK To Give Flight Attendants Gifts On Christmas?

Anna booked a Christmas flight, and perhaps feeling a little guilty, she wants to show the flight attendants some love by providing some token gifts.

Her idea is to bake them some cookies or something, but she wants the hive mind’s advice on whether or not that’s OK to do.

She writes:

My son and I are flying on Christmas day this year, and I would like to do something nice for the flight attendants that work on our flights.

I’m an avid baker and I was wondering if it would be kosher to bake cookies for the folks working on the plane? I wouldn’t want to put them in an awkward position or anything. So I guess my question is two-fold. 1. Is it acceptable to bring a small gift for the flight attendants? 2. Does that gift need to be prepackaged?

If you know whether or not it’s OK to give flight attendants gifts, please weigh in. I’d steer clear of the baked goods and probably go with gift cards.

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  1. GregoryMoose says:

    Baked goods? You’ll never get them past the TSA – those could be baked bombs!

  2. minjche says:

    I’m not a flight attendant, but if I were I’m sure I’d appreciate any small gift from a passenger. In the case of baked goods, however, the “don’t eat something given to you by a random stranger” reflex would kick in.

    • JennQPublic says:

      If you can find them, a great small gift for females is a purse-hanger. It’s a little doo-hickey that rests on the edge of a table that you can hang your purse strap on. I found them in a shop in Chinatown in SF for $7 and picked up a bunch of cute enameled ones. They’re the perfect small thing to give to a female you don’t know well.

      • minjche says:

        Interesting, I’ll add that to my bag of tricks.

      • outshined says:

        Great idea. I love mine. Bought my mom a super-fancy designer one when they first came out and it became her go-to gift. Bed Bath and Beyond has cute ones, 2 for $10.

  3. danmac says:

    I would say it’s perfectly acceptable to offer a gift card, however the giver needs to realize that it may be against company policy to receive the gift, and that if the attendant refuses, that the issue should be dropped immediately to avoid causing the attendant discomfort.

    • SunnyLea says:

      That’s the nice thing about baked goods. Almost no one gets hung up about those possibly violating a gift policy.

      On the other hand, some people do get hung up about eating them.

      Not I!

  4. sonneillon says:

    Surely you can’t be serious.

  5. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Perhaps instead of cookies, your “gift” to them is to be a polite and kind passenger, not cause them any grief, and just tell them how much you appreciate that they are helping passengers during Christmas flights. They’re stuck there just as much as you are and tensions are probably running high.

    I don’t think flight attendants would eat baked goods from a stranger (I wouldn’t), and you can’t be sure of any particular allergies flight attendants may have.

  6. FatLynn says:

    Would they be allowed to accept some instant lotto tickets?

  7. Alvis says:

    I’d be weirded out.

    • Bagumpity says:

      Me too. I think it’s a lovely impulse and full of holiday spirit, but gifts from random strangers would be offputting at best.

      A more reasonable alternative might be for the OP to wait until the majority of passengers have disembarked, introduce herself and say something nice like “I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely flight. I really appreciate the hard work you put into making things go smoothly.” Sappy, but you’d be surprised how good you can make someone feel by doing something simple like that.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        If they don’t call the cops on you for acting suspicious. I always thank my flight attendants, and the pilot if they have the door open after a flight.

        • freelunch says:

          I typically thank the pilot on the shuttle when heading back to my car… over half the time he/she manages to catch the same parking shuttle that I do, and they are forced to be my captive audience for 3 minutes.

  8. mbz32190 says:

    I think this was talked about in another topic on here, but homemade food is usually a no-no….unless you really, really know the person. Maybe a gift card to a “generic” place (Target, Starbucks.) would be more appropriate and shouldn’t raise any security concerns.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      That could get expensive. I’d stick with a “thanks” and be done with it.

    • ARP says:

      Agree. The problem is that you’re a stranger and so they may not trust you (no offence). Go with an unopened food item (chocolates or something), something hand-made (not food), or small gift card.

      Remember they might not be able to accept. If they say no, drop it quickly. You don’t want to get them in trouble.

  9. CortJstr says:

    Alton Brown once mentioned often bringing extra cookies onto flights specifically to give to the flight attendants. But he’s somewhere between marginally and extremely famous (depending on who you ask) so maybe he can get away with things others can’t.

  10. runchadrun says:

    Over at the airliners.net message board this same question was asked a few years back:

    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/1832392/

  11. brownh0rnet says:

    I’m sure she has best intentions but it seems kind of weird and creepy. Besides, unlike my crappy job I’m sure they get some kind of extra compensation for working xmas day

    • Wombatish says:

      My friend’s mum is an international flight attendant and she -always- has candy. She buys some her self in her various stops but a lot of it her passengers give her… but she is the senior attendant and works first class.

  12. dolemite says:

    No one is going to eat baked goods from a stranger on a flight.

    • Akuma Matata says:

      my thoughts exactly

    • fs2k2isfun says:

      I have no problem with eating baked goods from a stranger. I guess I’m weird.

    • JennQPublic says:

      I would. I’m not so distrustful of the world that I think all strangers want to poison me.

      A skeezy looking stranger on the street, no. But a normal-looking customer- hand those babies over and get me some milk, stat!

    • calico says:

      I have brought baked goods onto a flight and shared them with the people around me. So, false.

      • nbs2 says:

        The missus and I brought a dozen doughnuts once. Offered some to the long term parking shuttle driver, TA, GA, FA, and passengers. We both ended up eating a half dozen.

    • Wombatish says:

      Weren’t you one of the people advocating food as tips at Christmas? Sure you might say “hi” to your mailman every day, or even chit-chat a bit, but that doesn’t mean you know him or he knows you.

    • ospreyguy says:

      On a flight back from Alaska one year I passed out smoked Salmon to anyone around me. Most took it because well it’s was freaking wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon caught and smoked 2 days before!

      Only guy that said no, said he didn’t eat fish…

      Sooooo good…. MMMMMM

  13. mythago says:

    Yes, it’s OK, but don’t be surprised or hurt if they thank you and put them away quietly (you’re a stranger handing them food, after all). I’ve seen plenty of articles in Southwest’s in-flight magazine where they brag about how their passengers love them so much they bring goodies for the flight attendants.

  14. arsenicookie says:

    i’d eat them… but i like to live life on the edge.

  15. human_shield says:

    Don’t feel guilty, she’s probably making a bonus by working on xmas. Cookies are a bad idea because she won’t eat them. If some stranger gave me cookies I sure wouldn’t eat them.

    • ninabi says:

      I wouldn’t eat them, either. I used to be okay with school baked sales when my kids were of elementary age…until one mother brought delicious, glossy, homemade candies much like Frango mints.

      I exclaimed over them and asked for the recipe. Everything seemed normal- sugar, butter, etc until she got to the final step. “I beat in a raw egg for glossiness before making the individual candies”.

      Raw egg. And those candies had been made the day before and were sitting on the sale table. Teachers were notified, the salmonella specials removed discreetly.

      I stick with boxed candies as thank you treats for people who don’t know me well. I did this for hospital ER staff who took some amazing care of us once.

      • mythago says:

        A little confused – if they were candies, weren’t they hot enough to cook the egg? Or were these cold mixed somehow?

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        It’s a sad state that our food system has become so bad that you have to be afraid of someone baking something in a bake sale.

    • minjche says:

      Bonus or not, it never hurts to be nice.

    • scgirl_212 says:

      nope no bonus on Christmas, everyday is just another day in airline land. Most flight attendants with enough seniority can avoid working on holidays, holidays always have very junior flight attendants.

  16. The cake is a lie! says:

    Uhm… I don’t know I would accept food from a passenger or any stranger. Who knows what they would be trying to do. I know it isn’t very trusting of me, but I’m not a trusting man.

    As a side note, these flight attendants are probably enjoying working on the holiday. They are either getting holiday pay (double time) or they swapped time they needed more because they didn’t have anywhere to be for the holidays. When I worked for Delta I used to swap Christmas all the time. I didn’t have any family to visit and I was single, so working a slow day that other people wanted off badly was a good deal.

    The funny thing was when people would call to book a reservation for something in July and they would ask me why I was working on Christmas. Well, duh… Because people like you needed to plan your summer vacation on the holiday. Thanks a lot. lol It is just a day of the year, so it really doesn’t matter that much whether you are working it or not.

  17. Claystation says:

    I do this every year. I always feel bad for (most) flight attendants. The flying public can be so rude and clueless, especially during the holidays.

    I usually get $5 gift cards to Starbucks to give to gate agents and flight attendants.

    • Urgleglurk says:

      That’s actually a great idea. Most large airports have multiple Starbuck’s.

      • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

        In me experience, and this may have changed, you can’t use a SBUX gift card at an airport location. Nor at the SBUX tucked inside your Target or B&N.

  18. TripleTimeStep says:

    What about something like candy canes or other packaged Christmas candy, like the M&Ms that come in the plastic M&M character packages? At any rate, I’d go with something in tamper-proof packaging (but not wrapped).

    We flew on Christmas day a few years ago and brought candy canes to hand out, but I don’t remember actually giving them away. Not sure if that’s my memory being faulty or if something silly happened, like packing them in the wrong suitcase.

  19. PsychicPsycho says:

    Well, odds are they aren’t Christian or don’t care about the holiday, so maybe not. Personally I’d be a little offended if someone gave me an xmas gift as I’m not Christian.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It’s not a Christmas gift. It’s a gift to acknowledge that they’re working on a really busy holiday in which most people are taking time off to see family, and to show appreciation for their work.

      • GrantGannon says:

        Dear kind sir, get the fuck over yourself. If I offend you in the process of trying to do something nice while you work on a day where 99% of the rest of the country is at home with their families and you take offense to it because I was unaware of your religious beliefs, I apologize.

    • gafpromise says:

      Sorry but…”odds are”? You’re entitled to your beliefs but you are aware that you’re in the minority in the US – right? A majority of people in the US do celebrate Christmas.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      Generalize much?

    • ogremustcrush says:

      I’m not christian, but still celebrate christmas as a cultural holiday, ie the exchanging of gifts, trees, etc.

    • ARP says:

      So, you’re the one that lets Fox perpetuate this fake, War on Christmas. Lighten Up.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Really? Where do you get your numbers from? Perhaps you should check the Census results from 2010. Christians make up a HUGE percentage of the population in this country. Regardless of whether they are Christian or not, Christmas is both a Christian holiday and a commercial holiday. Besides, there are enough other religions celebrating this time of year that you can’t go wrong with a holiday gift. The odds of offending the off Jehovah’s Witness or Aethiest are pretty freaking slim.

      And don’t confuse them working on a holiday to mean they don’t care about the holiday. Maybe they enjoy the double time they are making while working it. Or maybe they have plans to celebrate it at another time. Regardless, your comment was pretty uninformed and way too broad to be taken in any way other than IGNORANT.

  20. badgertale says:

    No food…they will toss it out due to possible food poisoning. Nothing wrapped, either…hello, people. These are the times we live in.

    Give a card and maybe a gift certificate to starbucks (which is bound to be in just about every air terminal)…I don’t like starbucks but they have some savories to nibble on between flights, you know.

  21. blinky says:

    Offer them peanuts or pretzels.

  22. WRXFlyer says:

    It is absolutely OK. I know because I’ve done this exact thing before. Two years ago, I flew on Christmas Day (same day as the underwear bomber). Our flight was extremely delayed and there were a lot of angry passengers and the flight attendants were extremely stressed out. We bought some See’s Candy in the terminal and after we got settled in, rang the call button. The flight attendant came over probably expecting yet another problem, but instead we told him Merry Christmas, gave him the box of See’s and told him that it was for him and the rest of the crew. His face completely changed and he thanked us profusely. Later, he told us that the rest of the crew really appreciated it as they had had a rough day and the gift really helped them. Ever single member of the crew eventually came to us during the flight to thank us individually. It was the strangest thing, but it made me feel really good to make a difference in people’s lives on Christmas. So much so that I’ve done the same thing on every flight I take now. Flight attendants are just like everyone else, they do their jobs as best as they can and even the smallest gesture of thanks can make a big difference.

  23. Red Cat Linux says:

    You know, it’s a sweet thought, but I don’t think I’d take candy from a stranger. There’s just so much air-rage these days. I’d be expecting Ex-Lax chocolate chip cookies or something :P

  24. bastion72 says:

    My mom is a flight attendant. She flies a lot even not at work. She always brings chocolates or cookies, not home made though, for the flight attendants working the flights. You never know if they have a seat open in first class, and buttering up the flight attendants is one way to get invited up there or getting an extra pack of cookies.

    • chgoeditor says:

      Understand that it’s highly unlikely a gift will get you upgraded to first class by the flight attendants, and may even violate some airlines’ corporate policies, subjecting the flight attendants to disciplinary action. (It’s the equivalent of theft of company services.) The prior commenter’s Mom may be getting upgraded because she’s a company employee and the seat is available.

  25. Luckier says:

    A friend of mine is a flight attendant, and he says if you bring him & his crew chocolate (esp. dark chocolate), they will treat you like first class. Since others are warning against homemade, maybe just bring some chocolates to share.

  26. kathrine says:

    I was in the Phoenix airport the other day and saw this guy walk up to two flight attendants. I assume they had just been on his flight because of the way they were talking. He handed them both tiny bottles of hand sanitizer that they seemed extremely excited to accept. When he walked away, they both started talking about how nice of a gift that was.

  27. Kate says:

    How about a short handwritten thank you note. Probably acceptable and far more valued than sweets for a slim figure.

  28. richcreamerybutter says:

    A flight attendant once told me, “packaged candy.” The next time I flew, I brought 3 bags of snack-sized candy bars for the cabin crew. I was the most popular passenger on the flight, and even received a free glass of wine!

    • godospoons says:

      I usually bring a quality box of chocolates with the wrapping still intact, which they’ve always accepted with happy smiles and open mouths. Flight attendants are safety personnel first and foremost, so they’ll be a bit suspicious of anything that might be tampered with or spiked.

  29. ChChChacos says:

    I work as a gate agent for a major airline in the north east. I would say on a frequent basis I am asked by customers if they could buy me a coffee. I always decline not because it’s stated in company policy but I have just felt awkward about it. However after declining I have had a few customers still bring me a cup of Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. Last Christmas I received quiet a few gift cards for small amounts ($5) to these locations as customers boarded their flights. I think it’s a nice offer and yes it does suck to work the holidays, especially when you have early morning start times (0330am or 4am) but it’s the job we have and that’s the way it goes. I don’t think gifts are necessary. However if you intend to give a gift I wouldn’t bring baked goods because my red flags would go up and wonder what was really in the baked goods from a random stranger.

  30. Urgleglurk says:

    Nice idea, but I suggest not something edible.

    Danmac also has a point. When I was an airline supervisor, none of us were allowed to take tips or gifts unless in our judgment it would offend the customer by refusing. Depends on the company.

  31. ginnel says:

    I’m sure if you give them something they will accept politely but I don’t think it is necessary. Those of us who work holidays just accept it as part of the job we chose. Just please don’t tell me how sorry you are for me or how “I wouldn’t let my wife work Christmas”. That’s just insulting. I’m a grown woman and I don’t need your pity or insults. Just enjoy the fact that someone is willing to make it possible for you to fly today.

  32. jimmyhl says:

    Books are always a nice gift. Like “How to Stop Treating Paying Passengers Like Cattle.” Now in paperback.

  33. steamboatdevil says:

    Bring wrapped chocolate…. trust me… they will love it.

  34. AngryK9 says:

    You will not get cookies passed the TSA. You are much better off just giving them all a heartfelt “Thank you for the work that you do” when you see them. They have to deal with a lot of ridiculous negativity and crap from the general public and a sincere “Thank you” would be a welcome change.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I got cookies past them in my carry-on and before that, in a gift bag I had in my hand. They didn’t bat an eye. The only thing I was worried about was that they would take them and eat them and they were for my bf.

      I wouldn’t give them food items like that though. Too many weirdos out there; they may be too cautious to eat them.

  35. NickRayko says:

    She’s baking kosher cookies to hand out on Christmas?

  36. RevancheRM says:

    How about the offer of a hotel room for the night?

  37. Hirayuki says:

    Ever since I read a few FA blogs that have sung the praises of unexpected treats from passengers, I make sure to bring a small bag of individually wrapped chocolates (like the kind you can find at Target–the name escapes me, but I think they’re Italian or Swiss) for the FAs on any flight over a few hours. They (both the chocolates and the FAs) are much appreciated.

  38. sopmodm14 says:

    yea, a perfect stranger wouldn’t accept anything “homemade”, likewise, any prepared food items

  39. lucky13 says:

    Apparently Anna hasn’t been on an airline flight since 1965! I’m surprised she didn’t ask about tipping the FA for her in-flight meal or how many free cocktails she will be served.

    That said, the FAs will probably be the nicest people she encounters during her airline encounter…provided she survives the TSA “experience.”

  40. valthun says:

    Flight attendants love little treats. Just do it.

  41. faea says:

    a little stuff toy always seems to be a hit. inexpensive and cute.

  42. stevied says:

    Do you “know” the flight attendant?

    Back in my flying days (point A to point B every 2-3 days over a two year period on the same airline via the same flight number often with the same seat assignment) I got to “know” the flight attendants.

    My xmas gift one year was picking up the bar tab for the group after the flight landed. That was a $$$$ mistake, those boys and girls could drink.

  43. SlappyFrog says:

    Something prepackaged with variety, like a box of good chocolates for the entire crew to share, would probably be a safer bet.

    To echo what others have said, the home-baked part would probably trouble the recipient.

  44. maruadventurer says:

    Oh come now! This is easy. Give them some frequent flier miles on their own airline! The redemption mess ought to be a teachable moment.

    Ohhh….. On the other hand if you are trying to be nice….. Maybe not.

  45. lettucefactory says:

    Gift okay, homemade not.

    Even if it’s still food (and frankly, I wouldn’t want food if it was part of my job description to fit through a narrow aisle without getting my ass in anybody’s face, but maybe your FA is getting off the plane and hitting the gym for 9 hours, who knows) you avoid potential awkwardness by giving something wrapped. Plentiful enough to share with the crew is good, too.

  46. Gulliver says:

    1. I would never accept food from anybody i did not know personally. Imagine somebody who had a bad experience on a flight deciding to spike the cookies with ex lax or worse.
    2. Accepting monetary gifts would likely be against company policy. Most companies of that size would have a very specific gift policy. I can not accept any gift beyond a meal, or something available “to any other person”. which usually means logo pens, or things of that nature. We are required to ASK prior to accepting anything that could be considered an “added benefit”.

  47. Gulliver says:

    While it might be bad to have to work holidays, it is part of the job. I have a brother who is a sheriff deputy and another who is a paramedic. My mother works in admitting in the emergency room at a hospital. They all have worked holidays. Many times we decide to celebrate on the days after or before. It also allows us to go out to eat.

  48. Amy Alkon says:

    I recommend ex-flight attendant Elliot Hester’s book “Plane Insanity.”

  49. wimom says:

    I am a big gift giver–I believe Christmas is a way for adults to show thanks to those who help us throughout the year (kids’ teachers, tutors, babysitters, cleaning people, bus drivers, etc.) You have to have a relationship to give, IMO.

    This woman is taking it too far. If she needs to give (and some of us have that gene) give the money and time it would have taken to bake the cookies to a charity. If I were a flight attendant, I would not eat something a stranger gives me. In fact, I would not eat something even one of kids’ classmates made. I don’t like eating food prepared in someone else’s kitchen–gross! Who knows how clean it is and who knows what kind of cheap or unhealthy ingredients are in it.

    This woman has a good heart, but the sentiment is misplaced on strangers who really don’t need and probably don’t want her goodies.

  50. RvLeshrac says:

    I’d be happy to hear about this, if the flight attendants and pilots hadn’t completely abandoned us once they got what they wanted from the TSA.

  51. Ilovegnomes says:

    My friend is a frequent flier and an avid baker. He just told me a story of bringing freshly baked cookies to the employees in the lounge where he waits for his flights, and how much they loved them. He knows and talks to them on a regular basis though. I wonder if it would be different getting baked goods from a stranger. Maybe prepackaged commercial stuff is the way to go.

  52. ZekeDMS says:

    I think a gift card would be better. I wouldn’t have eaten anything handed to me by some strangers when I worked at the airport, to be honest. Even if they’re clean, everything in the area sure isn’t.

    Just bring something for the poor rampers, too!

  53. gman863 says:

    How big of a gift or tip do you have to give the TSA agent who gives you a reach around?

  54. Skeptic says:

    I Flew ANC-BOS on Christmas a couple of years ago, and brought some local high-end chocolate candy for the crew. I was in First and gave it to the FA during a lull in service, telling her it was for the FAs and cockpit crew. DH is a pilot and I know how crappy it can be to have low seniority and have to fly on major holidays. As I left the plane at Logan she slipped me a very nice bottle of red wine!

  55. Churba says:

    I’m a flight attendant, and I can tell you this – While we’d appreciate it, my company(and most others) actually doesn’t allow us to accept gifts or gratuities while on duty. Most wouldn’t accept food on principle, too. The Best policy is to Ask your flight attendant what the game is with their airline on that score.

    IF you see a Flight attendant coming off your flight and going in for a coffee, or the like, then offer to pay for their coffee – Make sure you tell them why!
    No offense to any well-meaning passengers, but I’ve known some crew(Mostly young and female, admittedly, but a few guys, too) who get a little freaked out with people paying for their lunch or coffee with no explanation.

    However, be nice, polite, use manners, wish us a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever other holiday you proscribe to. Essentially, just be good to us, and thank us, and if you do, tell us you appreciate what we do. We’re people too, y’know? We don’t like the TSA much, We get annoyed by even more BS from the airlines than you do, and really, it’s just nice to feel appreciated.

    If you want to go the extra mile, then send in a compliment letter to the airline, mentioning the crew by name and flight number (Or failing that, use your flight number and time, Eg, “I’m just writing to let you know the staff on flight XYZ124 from A to B at This time were fantastic, and made the flight an enjoyable experience.”), because those do get back to us, and also, I will admit, the airline does take notice of these things.

    • Churba says:

      I will add, however, that some FAs will still accept the gift, company policy or not.

    • firimari says:

      I remember my dad (when he was a ubër frequent flier in first class) used to fill those out on the plane and the attendants were always very grateful (and he would usually get one of the ‘emergency travel kits’ in the transaction, but that’s beside the point :)

  56. NaomiK says:

    Back in 1996, I was flying out of town on the same day as my office Christmas potluck, so I had about half a pan’s worth of leftover brownies. I took them along to the airport and offered them to the flight attendants. Only one FA said no thanks — everyone else took a brownie, ate it on the spot, and thanked me profusely. And then the lead flight attendant heard about the brownie person from the other flight attendants, tracked me down, and reseated me and my husband in first class. It was an awesome flight.

    I don’t know whether they are still allowed to accept homemade baked goods under current TSA rules, but you could certainly bring them something and this will probably make them happy. The worst case scenario is that they’ll politely decline.

    • Churba says:

      The TSA has nothing to do with us, other than putting us though the security check before we get on the plane. We have absolutely nothing to do with them whatsoever in terms of policy or day to day operations, beyond that.

      However – company policy would be against taking gifts or gratuities, and we are generally specifically warned about accepting foodstuffs from passengers. There have been incidents where FAs have been dosed by less well-meaning passengers, and now the blanket advice is “Don’t accept food from a stranger, and for the love of common bloody sense, don’t eat it.”

  57. cameronl says:

    I’d just give her an gentle pat on the can and say, “Thanks for working Christmas, Toots.”

  58. msquier says:

    That sounds like a really sweet idea! I’m flying AirTran to BWI on the 22nd to see my family in Delaware and I just might pick up some Christmas Candy (Ferrero Roche truffles sounds like a good idea) while I’m out shopping tomorrow to hand to the crew on my flight. Of course, that means I’m going to have to use my jumbo size purse but its worth it to make someone’s day.

  59. Anaxamenes says:

    Showing such kindness to your flight attendant is one of the things that can really brighten a very long day for them. I would recommend bringing something that is packaged so that the flight crew can easily take it with them off the plane. They don’t always have time (usually don’t have time) to enjoy the item on board, so they can take it to their hotel if they are on a layover or back home if they are lucky enough to be heading home that evening.

    If you are in a hurry though, often times a few chocolates will do the trick too. It really makes a flight attendants day, especially when they are working Christmas.

    You rock!

  60. nybiker says:

    I guess the only way any flight attendants are going to get my Bacardi 151-proof rum balls is if I become a flight attendant. But considering I’m probably past the cutoff age to be hired, that’s not going to happen. Oh well.

  61. Cantras says:

    Candy canes. wrapped candy. I’d say just acknowledging “I’m sorry that I stuck you with a holiday flight, Would you like some candy?” is going to get you brownie points.

  62. OhWoW says:

    To avoid any kind of awkward situation i’d suggest a simple ‘Thank you’ card to show that you appreciate them. You might be surprised at the fantastic treatment/service you receive after that :-)