Should You Tip Flight Attendants?

by Anthony Losanno
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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.

Saw this and had to post it here.
byu/theautisticretard indelta

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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Susanna January 14, 2024 - 6:15 pm

I often give coffee gift cards or sweet treats but I think cash tips are crass.

Icarus January 15, 2024 - 1:36 am

Giving anything is crass. Why not just say thank you.

Timothy January 15, 2024 - 1:39 pm

You tip your hairdresser,who by the way charges an extrodinary amount! Why would you not tip your flight attendant?

CHRIS January 14, 2024 - 9:34 pm

Did you happen to notice the shitpost/satire tag on reddit?

Icarus January 15, 2024 - 1:35 am

Typical Americans. No you should not tip airline crew. They are obsessed with tipping everyone. Also considering that in service industries in the US employees are so badly paid and demand tips, yet in general customer service is awful. All fake.

M January 16, 2024 - 11:56 am

Typical non-Americans bashing Americans. Tipping flight attendants is not a common practice in the States.

Jean January 15, 2024 - 4:57 am

The seat on the picture is an economy seat. So this post is fake.

Jeremy January 15, 2024 - 7:00 am

Sadly that is a domestic First Class seat on Delta.

Jon D January 15, 2024 - 2:13 pm

No need to give cash. A Starbucks gift card and a small bag of Lindt chocolates is good enough. I do that all the time and get hugs in exchange. They appreciate simply enough to have a Starbucks card and chocolate. A small blank card with a sentimental note will do enough.

VP January 16, 2024 - 2:38 am

Dealing with your 💩 for 5+ hours, yes you should tip them. Adult tantrum and drama became more and more common in every flight.

M January 16, 2024 - 11:58 am

He sure dresses first class🙄🙄.

Bill January 16, 2024 - 5:00 pm

If I tip more, do I get to get off the plane first during an emergency? Would you believe the flight attendants treat everyone equally during a life and death situation knowing someone else tipped more?

Paula Pry January 16, 2024 - 9:39 pm

OMG are you kidding? Back in old days we would have been fired for accepting a tip!!! NO


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