Cabin crew stand at the door of the plane and welcome you onboard ahead of your flight. It can often seem as though this is a simply a courteous part of the service flight attendants offer. However, while they smile and chat graciously – there’s more to their role at this stage than a cheery welcome. A Travel expert has revealed what it is that cabin crew really think about as plane passengers board.
Travel expert and author Christopher Bartlett revealed the insight in his book Plane Clever.
He explained what cabin crew need to do during the boarding process – and what they should not be subjected to.
“The flight attendants will normally greet you with a friendly smile and advise you on which aisle to take should it be a twin-aisle wide-body aircraft,” wrote Bartlett.
“It is not normally their job to help you place your overweight carry-on luggage in the overhead bin.
“Their role during boarding is more to manage the flow of people and deal with that fool blocking everyone by standing in the aisle fiddling with that and that oblivious to those waiting to pass. The time people take to board costs airline a lot.”
However, there’s another train of thought running through cabin crews’ minds as they observe the passengers.
The flight attendants are checking for any suspicious or troublesome people who are getting on the plane.
“As passengers board, the flight attendants are already sizing them up,” said Bartlett.
“They are noting any who might be already intoxicated – they should have been filtered out at the gate.”
Flight attendants aren’t just looking out for those Travels who might prove a nuisance, however, they’re also keeping an eye out for fliers who could be helpful in an emergency.
Bartlett wrote: “They are even noting one to two tough guys they might ask to be ready to provide assistance in the event of a passenger causing trouble.”
In fact, there is even a code word for physically fit passengers such as this.
Carrie Bradley, who worked as a flight attendant on an international airline for 12 years, told The Sun they keep an eye out for someone who is an “ABP.”
She said: “When passengers are boarding, you’re assessing them and seeing if they are an ABP.”
The acronym stands for “Able-Bodied Passenger.” In short, well-built passengers could be very useful in an emergency.
Crew will identify these fit and healthy people as they walk in the door and then note where they are sitting in the aircraft.