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Good Karma
I don't remember which of several travel blogs I frequently skim offered this suggestion, but I remember reading several months ago that airline cabin crews are generally not allowed to eat the food on the aircraft, never mind that there's often none left once passengers are served. Beyond that, they may not have had time to buy food at the airport; they often have connections as tight as ours. So, the piece suggested, bringing a snack bag for your cabin crew will at the very least be a nice gesture, and could even result in special treatment.

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!
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susandennis From: susandennis Date: July 29th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I have never heard of this and I think it's great. Great tip and great example. Thanks.
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ruhe From: ruhe Date: July 29th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Eye contact, a smile, and a word of thanks go a very long way too.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 29th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

I always did those. :-)
ruhe From: ruhe Date: July 29th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figured as much, not everyone does though. :)
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: July 29th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Good tip!

Also, I always remember to say "Please" and "Thank you" and "Have a great day" as a matter of course.

Edited at 2009-07-29 03:12 pm (UTC)
pamelaneko From: pamelaneko Date: July 29th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
What a great idea!
perisoft From: perisoft Date: July 30th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
...and it really would have paid off in the event of an emergency evacuation.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 30th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
triola From: triola Date: August 1st, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always try to give people helping me a sincere look in the eye as I say thank you. :) Now I know granola bars help too (though I hope they weren't those nasty brick ones; I can't stand those! )
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