Passengers behaving badly: Air stewards reveal their pet hates

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Airline cabin crew have to put up with all sorts of irritating behaviour from passengers, and there seems to be an increasingly long list of things we do that annoy them.

The easiest way to raise their heckles, according to a new study, is to click your fingers to get their attention. In fact, it's the most annoying passenger trait of all, according to a new survey of 700 air stewards carried out by Skyscanner.

Next, try nattering through the safety demonstration, and then asking for more blankets and pillows.

Make sure you cram too many bags into the overhead locker, and then complain that there's no space for your hand luggage.

There's a lot more you can do to irritate them besides this. Demand a specific brand of drink, and ring the attendant bell to complain about the temperature.

Oh, and at the end of the flight, make sure you stand up from your seat at before the seatbelt sign is switched off.

The list of irritating passenger habits is long and detailed - and it begs the question: is there anything we can do that will actually make cabin staff happy? According to the survey, the most perfect passenger of all is male, travelling for pleasure rather than business, in his 30s, travelling in economy, and flying alone. Which means the majority of us have irritated them before we've even got on the plane...

How many of the traits above are you guilty of? And what annoys you most about cabin crew? Tell us below!

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Passengers behaving badly: Air stewards reveal their pet hates

Yes, according to a survey of Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew, this is the most frequent mad request they get... seems that a worrying number of us have a lot to learn when it comes to the basic science of aviation...

Speaking about their weirdest passenger requests to, one steward said a passenger was worried about Heathrow Airport being so close to Windsor Castle as the plane was coming into London and asked if cabin crew could arrange for the planes not to fly over the castle in the future in case the Queen found it a nuisance. What a thoughtful flyer!

One Virgin Atlantic crew member was asked by a very famous celebrity, who pressed their call bell, to fix their hair. The flight attendant agreed to the unusual request and headed back to the galley to get a hair brush, comb and small can of hairspray. When he returned armed with the hairdressing equipment, the star roared with laughter and explained it was the AIR they wanted fixed and pointed overhead! The poor steward turned on the air vent and crept back to the galley. Cringe...

Er, we're hoping the passenger was't serious about this request. Another passenger asked: "Please can the captain stop the turbulence?". 

While flying into Nice in the South of France, one cheeky passenger asked a stewardess if the pilot could 'go a bit further down the coast so we can have a look at Monaco,' she told

We know they have some luxurious cabins but we would have liked to see the face of the flight attendant who was asked by a passenger where they could take a shower on a Virgin Atlantic flight.

A playroom, indeed. Sometimes, passengers appear to forget they're 30,000ft in the air.

Yes, someone really did ask a Virgin flight attendant this question. 

A stewardess told that a traveller asked her: 'Why am I getting such a poor mobile phone signal? This flight is going to be really long and I’ll be bored if I can’t use my smart phone.' Oh dear!

One steward told flight attendants' forum that one cheeky passenger asked them to get his blanket. He said: 'I once got asked mid flight if I could nip down into the hold and get a passenger his blanket out of his suitcase. After a full description of the bag I then explained this wasn't possible, to which he insisted he was going to go instead.'

This request may have been understandable if it came from a three-year old. But it didn't. It came from a fully grown adult.

This strange request came from a passenger on another Virgin flight... we're still trying to find out if said object was ever found....


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