Cabin crew have a huge responsibility of looking after passengers and often speak in code to each other when they don’t want others to hear what they are talking about. Planes are a confined space and one flight attendant has revealed what they are really talking about when they speak in code.
Cabincrew.com is a site where flight attendants share their stories and secrets from their time working in the skies.
According to flight attendants humour while working is very common in the industry.
One user explained the meaning of the word ‘cheerio’.
They said: “There’s the cheerio game you can play when passengers disembark.
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“When you’re standing there going ‘buh-bye, thank you, take care’ etc when you see someone you fancy, you say ‘cheerio’.
“You’ll need to do it with a buddy and the challenge is to keep a straight face.”
Former flight attendant called James revealed another secret phrase if a member of the cabin crew finds you attractive.
They will include your seat number in a sentence and that will tell the other cabin crew that they find you attractive.
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For example if you are sitting in the seat 7D on a flight, you might overhear the attendants quietly saying: “I might do seven days in Denmark next week?”
James explained that different airlines and different cabin crew will obviously all have their own words for recognising an attractive passenger but this is not uncommon.
They will usually include the number of your seat as the number of days in another country.
This will then be followed by a country beginning with the same letter of your seat.
Sometimes cabin crew want to speak in code so that fliers can’t understand them
Another explained the meaning of the word ‘deadhead’.
They said that this refers to someone who is a flight attendant on the flight but isn’t working, so they’re just using the plane as a form of travel rather than working.
The code phrase ‘miracle flight’ is used amongst cabin crew when elderly passengers need help to board to plane and use airport services to get them to their gate.
However they no longer need these services when it is time to leave the aircraft at the destination meaning the flight was a ‘miracle’.
Flight attendants are well known to have immaculate uniform, neat hair and perfect makeup.
Passengers often take their makeup off on a flight as the air pressure can cause harm to the skin.
However, many may top their makeup up when a flight is about to land.
The phrase ‘landing lips’ is used when someone puts a full face of makeup on before the plane lands.
The term ‘lips and tips’ refers to a flight attendant who’s wearing matching lipstick and nail colour.
Cabin crew say this is a subtle reminder that even in the middle of a stressful day of flying, they have to look put together.
A gallery is essentially the airplane kitchen. This is where flight attendants prepare meals, drinks, and set up other services for the cabin according to Airportag.
A ‘gallery queen’ is a slang term for a flight attendant who is particularly territorial over this area and does not like other people intruding in their space while they are working in it.