This is funny actually...just last week we were having this discussion in the galley about how much we HATE being touched by the public. It is rude, and our close quarter defense training is very specific about reacting to nonseen passengers getting our attention.
We give you our names during the announcements. Feel free to use them. "Excuse me", "Pardon Me", even "Hey!" are preferred to touching us.
In any case, not long after this discussion, a business class pax was coming forward to use the restroom. One of the girls I was flying with, had her back to the aisle, and was partially blocking his way. He put his hand in the middle of her back and kinda moved her forward. She spun around and stepped back and away from him. I said "Sir, please don't touch flight attendants". He thought I was kidding...and to prove it, reached out to touch my arm, which I jerked back and reiterated.."SIR, DO NOT TOUCH US". He, of course, was suddenly bent out of shape, rolled his eyes, and went into the bathroom.
What is the problem with this? It is not paranoia. This is a completely different world we live in. And if every flight attendant who didn't like being touched on an aircraft suddenly "went and found a new job", I assure you, there would only be 5% of the workforce left.
Before you criticize us, walk a mile in our shoes first. I am not one of those who walks around with a chip on my shoulder toward passengers, or beat the "WEAREHEREFORYOURSAFETYONLY!" drum, nor do I prescribe to the "Flight attendants are here to save your ass, not kiss it" mantra. I am professional, nice, accomodating, and very customer service oriented. That however does not give you or any other passenger the right to talk to me in any manner you see fit, nor to TOUCH, GRAB, or GROPE me.....
and as for the "fly-emirates"...you should've wacked him with the tray.....