“If it exists a passenger has asked me for it,” one 4-star rated flight attendant wrote during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.
Among the crazier things she’s been asked for were a bag to spit in (“I had to confirm several times the word spit,” she writes), nappies (diapers), and her number. Oh, there’s also the guy who told her he wanted to pleasure himself. She directed him to the toilet.
Which brings us to the topic of the mile-high club, which the flight attendant says is a very real thing (not that it’s an actual club; just that people do seem to enjoy coitus in airplane bathrooms).
“Yes people try to join the mile high club,” she writes. “Let me tell you something, those toilets are FILTHY. Absolute FILTH. People shit in the sinks.”
But even that bit of knowledge didn’t stop one of the attendant’s fellow crew members — who was flying as a passenger at the time — from getting her drink on and trying to mile-high it with another passenger. The crew member was subsequently fired says the attendant.
She says that it once required three crew members to remove a pair of amorous women from the plane’s bathroom, though the pair claimed they were just trying to use the toilet.
In terms of actual advice for travelers — other than be sure to use the bathroom before you get on a flight — the attendant says that passengers can occasionally get bumped up to business or first class if they are forced to move around so that family members or groups of travelers can sit near each other.
“A month ago on one of my flight’s economy was full and this gentleman had changed seats several times to accommodate couples, families etc who needed to change seats,” she writes. “He didn’t care where he sat and was so gracious. So we moved him to business class. Lesson, be nice!”