In an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, an anonymous flight attendant revealed just how gross airplane bathrooms are, the strangest things passengers ask for, and the best ways to get bumped up to business class for free.
She identified herself as a current cabin crew member for a four star-rated airline (the likes of Air France, British Airways, and Emirates) and added "my proof will go to the mods as I cannot reveal my secret identity!"
Asked "are there as many people joining the mile high club in the bathroom as television portrays it?," she replied:
Yes people try to join the mile high club. Let me tell you something, those toilets are FILTHY. Absolute FILTH. People shit in the sinks.
Moving on, I caught a lesbian couple in the toilets we had to get three crew to bang open the door and make them come out. She responded with "We were trying to piss"
A crew was fired for getting drunk while she was a passenger flying somewhere and joining a gentleman in the lavatory.
In response to "the most crazy requests" from passengers, she listed a bag to spit in, "hot fried chips," diapers, ice cream, and her phone number.
The anonymous flight attendant also gave a lesson on the upside of being a gracious passenger:
A month ago on one of my flights economy was full and this gentleman had changed seats several times to accommodate couples, families etc who needed to change seats. He didn't care where he sat and was so gracious. So we moved him to business class. Lesson, be nice!
She also noted that severely ill passengers are usually moved to business or first class if there are available seats. She did not recommend faking sick to secure the upgrade.
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