Flight Attendant Uses Beverage Cart to Block Economy Passengers From First Class Lavatory

by Anthony Losanno
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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.

@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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FrequentWanderer January 3, 2024 - 11:59 am

Apparently this FA didn’t learn where the terrorists sat on 9/11 . . .

And now her FA colleagues in Economy have another barrier blocking them if something happens forward.

Babblespeak January 3, 2024 - 12:13 pm

Makes me wonder why you like 1B so much. Only a little though. I’m pretty sure it’s so everyone can see you sitting there as they board. Good for your ego.

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Anthony Losanno January 3, 2024 - 12:17 pm

Not an ego thing. I like the bulkhead so that I don’t have anyone reclining into my legs. I am 6’5″ tall.


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