There's not much in the way of special treatment you can get on an airplane, I thought, but I figured there's never anything wrong with being nice. So, yesterday, when I was packing up and saw I had several granola bars left, I stacked five of them in the big, empty, paper Starbucks cup from the single-serve brewer. When I boarded my trans-continental flight, with my seat near the back, I continued back to the galley and told the flight attendant back there, "I brought some snacks for the cabin crew!"
He smiled and asked what I wanted in return, and I said "Don't need anything except some good karma," and went and sat down. It was true -- I'd gotten the aisle seat I needed, at the last minute, not that he could've done anything about that if I hadn't.
A few minutes later, I was pleasantly surprised when another flight attendant handed me one of the huge bottles of water they pour into cups for passengers, and she said "Thank you!" And, a couple of hours later, when they were selling food, I asked for the snack box and tried to hand the flight attendant a $5 bill, and he wouldn't take it.
I guess a little good karma goes a long way! I'll make a point of doing this again -- not just because there's a chance I'll be rewarded for it, but because it obviously made the crew happy. If I can do that by investing a couple of bucks in granola bars, you bet I will!