Cabin crew secrets: Something embarrassing happens for some crew after a long shift
Cabin crew, especially those operating long-haul flights, spend long periods of time in uniform looking after the safety and wellbeing of passengers on board. Though the job often emits an air of glamour, the busy shifts also present a number of hurdles crew must learn to overcome.
Some of the more obvious ones include jet-lag, time zones and extended periods of time away from home.
However, there are some other side effects of life in uniform that have caused embarrassment for some crew members.
One anonymous flight attendant, who works for a budget US airline, wrote a post about the stinky ailment in a forum dedicated to airline crew workers, as part of the Professional Pilots Rumour Network.
“Hello, was just after some advice regarding something that’s a little embarrassing,” she said.
“I’m a cabin crew member, and I love my job, but I have a problem with my feet.
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“After a day of marching up and down the aisles, my feet get very sweaty and stinky in my stockings and shoes, and I’m a little worried other girls will notice.
“I have tried foot sprays, but they don’t last very long, and sometimes they make it worse. It’s driving me nuts, does anyone else have this problem?”(sic)
Though left pink-cheeked over her odorous toes, it seems the flight attendant is not the only one who has noticed a whiff from her shoes after a few hours on foot. Many other crew members have spoken out.
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A fellow flight attendant reassured her that this is not an individual problem. They explained: “I think you will find that all cabin crew suffer from this so I wouldn’t worry.”
Another added: “My feet absolutely STINK REALLY BAD!!!”
Though this is often an issue faced by many workers who spend long shifts on their feet, it can often be disguised until home time.
Alas, for the crew this is not the case, and they sometimes have to share the scent with their co-workers when it comes to their rest period.
“Just be glad you don’t have crew rest, I used to get a right ribbing for my stinky feet in the bunks,” recalled another crew members.
It isn’t just the feet of the staff onboard planes that has caused noses to crinkle over the years.
Passengers and flight crew alike have pointed out that travellers can also be guilty of slipping off their shoes and releasing on odour into the cabin.
Last year, a video went viral on Instagram account @PassengerShaming, which showed a little boy’s reaction to a pair of foul-smelling toes which his seatmate decided to stretch out onto his armrest.
Sat in the window seat of what appears to be an economy cabin, the little boy was shocked when the foot of the person behind him crept through the gap between his own seat and the wall, and his armrest soon became a foot rest for the passenger behind.
However, it was his reaction to the smell of the feet that caused a chuckle for those who watched the video.
Conveying shock at the fiasco he says with a smirk: “There is stinky feet behind me.”(sic)
The young passenger then turns back to try and figure out who the feet belong to.
He then tells his father: “It’s a lady!”
Unlike adult passengers who may be too afraid to confront fellow passengers about their invasive habits, he pops his head through the gap in the seats and addresses the culprit directly.
“Hey, you have your feet behind me,” he pointedly tells the woman.
Along with smells, there are some other pretty foul reasons crew suggest passengers should keep their shoes firmly on their feet.
“Please do not ever walk into a toilet with bare feet,” a flight attendant posted on a Reddit thread.
“I promise you, nine times out of 10, that is not water on the floor.
They added: “The toilets are often absolutely disgusting and get deep cleaned only at the end of a route.
“For us, this could be from one side of the world to the other… imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12-hour flight with 200 people using them.”