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I’m usually seated in 1B and find it annoying that there are inevitably passengers lining up in the aisle and pushing through the curtain to use the lavatory in First Class. International carriers do not allow this and I wish more domestic airlines would enforce the speech they sometimes give about using the lavatory in your ticketed cabin. One American Airlines flight attendant must have also had enough because they used a beverage cart to block Economy passengers from entering First Class altogether.
@americanairlines can’t believe your flight attendant blocks the aisle. I get they don’t want people infirst class, but there must be a better andway. Feels like a safety hazard and makes this flight even more cramp. Thanks for the love. Thats what my EP status gets me. #1883 pic.twitter.com/ucE2sGbc9O
— James Nunziati (@JamesNunziati) January 1, 2024
@JonNYC shared the post above on Twitter/X. Passenger @jamesnunziati recently encountered the situation described above and shared it. He was annoyed that the cart was blocking the aisle and took the opportunity to point out his Executive Platinum status with American Airlines. There are no bathroom benefits for American’s upper-tier elite members. He later replies to comments that called him out as wrong saying that he was more concerned about the cart blocking his elbow room (I’m assuming he was seated in the bulkhead aisle and can understand how the cart sitting there for an extended period would be annoying).
The flight attendant who blocked off First Class should be commended on one hand for giving premium passengers a more exclusive experience (just a tad, since they won’t have to wait for the lavatory), but this also creates a safety issue. Beverage carts are heavy and can cause injuries if they roll into passengers. This would also be an issue if there was an emergency and passengers could not freely move through the aisle.
Anthony’s Take: I think that airlines should enforce passengers using the lavatory in their ticketed cabins, but don’t think this flight attendant was correct in using a beverage cart to block the way based on the safety issue that it could cause in an emergency.
(Featured Image Credit: @jamesnunziati.)
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