Flight attendant bluntly shares travel advice: ‘We won’t help you if you’re naughty’

A flight attendant’s Facebook post is going viral for saying what many other flight attendants can’t.

According to a Facebook page, Kristie Koerbel is a flight attendant who wanted to let passengers know how to deal with current challenges in the airline industry, including canceled flights and staff shortages.

“I feel like as a flight attendant, I should try to share some tips to help you travel by plane for the foreseeable future,” Koerbel said.

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Her post received over 15,000 reactions and was shared over 73,000 times.

Koerbel shamelessly and bluntly lays out advice for passengers to keep in mind:

  • “Things aren’t going well…..if it’s less than 7 hours – DRIVE!”
  • “Download and use the app of the airline you are flying with.”
  • “Fly MUCH earlier than necessary – a whole day earlier if it matters!!”
  • “ALWAYS make the first flight in the morning.”
  • “Plan long layovers – Your one-hour layover is no longer enough.”
  • “Avoid flying into Newark (or any New York airport for that matter).”
  • “Be nice. As stated above, we’re overworked and tired. We won’t help you if you’re mean.”
  • “Being drunk on a plane is a federal offense, so don’t overdo it.”
  • “Get travel insurance if you’ve invested a lot of money.”
  • “Don’t be ‘that guy.’
  • “Take showers, brush your teeth, don’t wear perfume, don’t eat stinky food.”
  • “Bring a sweater if you tend to get cold.”
  • “For God’s sake, wear shoes to the bathroom!!!”
  • “Don’t tell a flight attendant she looks tired. We are and we know it. You could make us cry in the kitchen.”

Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the United States last week, one of the worst days yet for travel as the peak summer holiday season heats up.

And they came as airline CEOs held a virtual meeting with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – a sign of the Biden administration’s concern over the prospect of blocked airports and disgruntled travelers this summer. .

During the meeting, which was held via videoconference, Buttigieg asked the CEOs to outline the steps they are taking to operate smoothly over the July 4 holiday and the rest of the summer, according to a person familiar with the matter. call but not authorized to discuss it publicly. .

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Buttigieg also pushed airlines to consider whether they could manage the schedules they published and to improve customer service, the person said.

Airlines are grappling with shortages of workers, especially pilots, which are hampering their ability to operate all of their scheduled flights. Pilot unions at Delta, American and Southwest said their airlines were too slow to replace pilots who retired or took furlough early in the pandemic.

Airlines jousted with the FAA this spring over delays in Florida, where air travel has recovered faster than in many other parts of the country. After meeting with airline officials in May, the FAA agreed to increase staffing at an air traffic control center near Jacksonville and make other changes.

Concerns about flight issues come as the number of air travelers in the United States tops 2.2 million a day. That’s still about 300,000 fewer per day than in mid-June 2019, but crowds will grow over the next few weeks and will almost certainly break the pandemic-era record set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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