Air travel with crying children, as a rule, brings little joy tourists. Former stewardess and now consumer rights expert Jane Hawkes told the British newspaper Express how to act in order not to lose the last nerve cells and at the same time not be blacklisted as flight attendants.
Sitting next to a crying baby is a nightmare for many travelers. And the first thing adult passengers do is complain about noisy children to the staff. According to the expert, this action is wrong. It's important to “be patient” with children, as the family is also likely to have a difficult flight.
Here are some tips from a flight attendant on how to act if there are crying children nearby:
- Show tolerance.
- Ask the staff to change seats.
- Choose a departure time that is most inconvenient for family travelers.
“Be patient if there are crying or noisy children nearby. Air travel can be stressful and stressful at the best of times, but with young children, the flight becomes even more difficult. If you are unhappy, ask the crew if there is another seat you could take. Alternatively, book flights with less socially friendly schedules that may not be as attractive to families,” she advised.
Thus, you can quietly and without indignation ask the stewardess if there is a free alternative seat on the plane. Although a positive decision on this issue is not always possible, flight attendants will be happy to help polite passengers transfer if problems arise.
Families are also less likely to fly at night or very early in the morning, so tourists can avoid neighborhood children if they book tickets at that time. Early morning flights are also usually less likely to be delayed as they are the first to leave the airport.
Air travel can be stressful and unfortunately some passengers tend to forget good manners. “Remember your manners. “Hello”, “please” and “thank you”. It's such an obvious thing to do, but the most basic manners are often forgotten. Ask employees how they are doing, how they feel, and interact with them so they feel appreciated. A few niceties are worth nothing,” Hawkes said.
As passengers get on and off the plane, it doesn't take much to politely greet or say goodbye to the flight attendants and thank them. On most aircraft, flight attendants can be called using the call button on the passenger seat. However, the button should only be used in an emergency or if the passenger has an urgent urgent request. Flight attendants are usually very busy on flights and won't have time to answer a lot of “trivial” questions.
“Think before you ask a question or press the bell. The crew does not know your exact location at every point in the journey. The onboard travel map is the best source of this information. The crew cannot see into the future and predict how the rest of your journey will go if there is a delay. On shorter flights, service time is of the essence, so any unnecessary trivial questions during service take up valuable time,” she added.
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