Flight attendant Miguel Muñoz solely informed Specific.co.uk the best methods to get issues without cost on board the airplane – together with higher seats. Miguel defined: “Typically individuals come to me asking for an orange juice or a snack as a result of they are saying they’re dizzy or have low blood sugar. We [the crew] routinely suppose they’re mendacity simply to get one thing without cost. And possibly some individuals lie.”
He continued: “However I all the time suppose should you’re mendacity karma will come again for certain. But when they don’t seem to be mendacity and I do not give them something it is even worse.
“I’ve to, simply in case. On the airplane, the crew is accountable for serving to passengers, so we’ve got to belief them actually,” he defined.
Miguel stated that is truly a superb trick to get free stuff on the airplane, as flight attendants cannot query a passenger’s request when claiming they really feel unwell.
Nevertheless, the crew member stated it additionally is determined by “the way you ask”.
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He stated: “Most airways do not give something without cost, not even water, so when passengers come saying they’re very thirsty, they should take treatment or they simply ask for a glass of water, I formally need to say no.
“First, I all the time inform them that we promote bottles of water. I might usually give it without cost but it surely all is determined by the way you ask actually.
“For instance, if after I say we cost for water they [passengers] get all upset saying issues like ‘however the regulation says you need to give me free water’ or ‘ it is a human proper’ routinely I am not going to offer them any.
“Now, should you say you do not really feel nicely otherwise you ask very properly then positively I can be giving that to you,” he stated.
When it comes to upgrades, Miguel stated “it is about being good and trustworthy” and revealed what passengers ought to and should not say to get higher seats on the airplane.
The flight attendant defined: “If passengers come to me and say they want extra space for some purpose I transfer them to the overwings [seats by the emergency exit with extra legroom].
“However you need to watch out with what you say! As a result of should you say you have got a nasty knee, for instance, I’ve to watch out with these individuals as passengers seating by emergency exits are those who’ve to help the crew in case of an emergency.
“If you cannot function the emergency exit as a result of you have got a nasty knee, I can not transfer you to the overwings. So it will not work.”
So what ought to passengers say to be moved to the emergency exit row?
Miguel stated: “My recommendation is to be trustworthy, do not attempt to be dramatic. If it is true that you’ve got a nasty leg, truthful sufficient (though you will not be seating within the overwings!). However do not lie about it as a result of most likely you do not know it but it surely will not profit you.
“The opposite day a passenger stated he had hip ache and he needed to have additional legroom.
“Sadly, due to that, I could not transfer him to the emergency exit however I moved him to the final row which was utterly empty.
“Simply be trustworthy. If you haven’t any ache, merely say ‘Hey should you guys had any seats accessible within the emergency exit row might you let me know?’ and I’ll,” he prompt.
Miguel added: “That is the trick: make it straightforward for the crew. Possibly say ‘Pay attention should you do not thoughts me seating within the overwings if there’s area accessible, I’ve been seated there earlier than, I understand how it really works, I am joyful seating there’, then I do know that particular person is snug seating there, working the exit, is aware of that every thing must be positioned within the overhead compartment and so forth.
“So make it simpler for the crew, principally.
“And naturally, when we’ve got passengers who’re very tall and want extra space or individuals who properly ask for it as a result of they simply wish to be extra snug; if the seats are free, I positively transfer them.”