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I saw a post today in the Delta subreddit around tipping flight attendants. The poster claims that they usually tip $100 to the First Class flight attendant. I’m sure this post was to make themselves feel good (and show off a bit with their fancy watch in frame), but it made me think about whether people actually tip flight attendants.
According to a Travel & Leisure article from earlier this year, American, Delta, and United generally discourage flight attendants from accepting tips. Frontier Airlines is the only exception that actually encourages them for onboard purchases of food and drinks. I’ve seen flight attendants get small gifts like candy, cookies, and Starbucks gift cards. I’ve even given a few some small things like this around the holidays. I don’t believe the poster (@thewizardofsoho) on Twitter/X and in the comments they even said they posted it to drum up engagement on the post and their profile.
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, agreed that tips were not for flight attendants. She said:
Our jobs have historically been objectified and sexualized. Is it okay for someone to harass us if they hand us a tip? Obviously not. But it’s not a dynamic we can even entertain. It interferes with our work and the safety of everyone on the plane.”
Anthony’s Take: I’ve found that flight attendants appreciate a polite conversation, compliments on their service, and perhaps some candy or a treat. They want to be treated like human beings and not servants. This will go a lot further than arrogantly waiving cash in their faces.
(Featured Image Credit: @thewizardofsoho via Twitter/X.)
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