Most have us have been suspicious for some time that flight attendants speak in code. It might be to say someone is attractive or conversely someone that they don’t like.
Many of the secret phrases have been revealed by a flight attendant known as “James” has worked on flights for around seven years. He explained to Australian radio show Kylie and Jackie O that attendants frequently kill time by picking out the best looking passengers.
“Obviously, when we are in the cabin and we are doing the drinks we can’t just be like ‘Oh doll check him out’,” James said. “You have to be subtle about it.”
James talked about the code in more detail: “Because everyone knows their seat numbers, so we’re on the cart and he’ll be like, ‘I’m thinking of doing seven days in America… being ‘seat 7A’.
“And I’ll be like, ‘yeah, I could do seven days in America!’”
“Or like, six days in Denmark…”
James went on to explain that cabin crew also use code for those passengers who they may be don’t look on so favourably – stressing that in most cases that they simply ignore them.
“If a flight attendant ever says to you ‘I’ll be right back,’ we don’t like you… and then you just ‘forget,’”
The final secret James revealed was a way of avoiding questions when lunch or loo needs called (both important): “I used to have a trick every time I went from one end of the plane to the other to eat my lunch someone would always ask me something. And I’m just like I just want to eat my lunch!
“So I used to have a trick I’d put a can of coke in a sick bag put a rubber glove on and then walk through the cabin so it looks like I’m holding vomit – no one asked me for a thing.”