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Flight attendant shares real reason cabin crew greet you as you board


Rania shares why she greets passengers on the plane (Picture: @rania_ibo/Instagram)

Picture this: You’re two beers down after a stint in the airport Wetherspoons, you’ve got your boarding pass and carry-on in hand, and you’re greeted warmly by a flight attendant as you step aboard the plane.

Well, it turns out the cabin crew aren’t just being polite and wishing you a good start to your holiday.

No, there’s an ulterior motive behind their ‘good morning’ or ‘welcome on board’.

Flight attendant Rania, from Austria, shared with her 491,000 TikTok followers the real reason why stewards give passengers such a warm welcome.

Rania said: ‘Your flight attendant greets you, not only out of politeness, but also to check whether you are too drunk or sick to fly.’

She also added in the caption that they are looking at passengers who could physically help them in case of an emergency.

The video reached more than 6.2 million views and got 163,000 likes.

People in the comments suggested that flight attendants look at who is strong, so they can assist in opening doors during an evacuation.

‘They stand between the panicked passengers and you, so you have space to open the door, do your checks and not fall over because someone pushed you,’ wrote Anthony (@anthony_.gle).

Another user (@cptpablonius) added: ‘We look for anyone who hasn’t got any mobility issues, can speak English, looks like they will be able to open a door and ideally travelling alone. That makes you an ABP (able-bodied person).’

TikToker Mike Fletcher said in the comments: ‘I got chosen to sit at the exit row in case I needed to open the door.’

Another TikToker, Kat Kamalani, said the same thing.

‘Have you ever walked on a plane to a flight attendant greeting you, or the flight attendants walking up and down the aisle? I’m about to tell you what we’re really doing.

‘When you’re walking on the plane and see our happy smiley face, we’re actually looking you up and down and we’re trying to find our ABPs – our able bodied people.

‘These are people who are going to help us in an emergency. For example, military personnel, fire fighters, police, doctors and nurses – in case of a medical emergency or we are going to land the plane, or there’s a security breach – we know who can help.’

Kat also said that they keep an eye out for human trafficking victims, so they look for things that ‘are off’.

One TikToker, Elody Cadieux, asked in the comments: ‘Do you have to say that you’re a nurse/doctor/etc when you go on a plane?’

Kat replied: ‘Some people do and I appreciate that!’

So, next time you get on a flight, feel free to let the crew know if you have any qualifications that could help them in case of an emergency – it’ll save them judging a book by its cover.

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