IBE1238, that was brilliant! Thanks to most of you for recognizing that not all f/a's are from hell and understanding that most of us are doing our jobs.
The Bitch of the thread award goes out to the one who would not walk to the galley to get a pax a glass of water. However, had it been when they were on final approach and the f/a's were in their jumpseats I would understand, safety would not permit them to get up.
Now I have to have a little moan about some of the misconceptions of some of you. Firstly, I really don't think that flight attendants get out of bed and say " I'm going to piss someone off today, I am going to make their flight hell." Most of the time f/a's are doing their jobs and it is not always easy telling people 20 different rules prioir to take off, but folks cut us some slack please.
Believe me, there is always someone who has an attitude like "I paid for this seat and I bought your services for so many hours" or " I paid and now you will kiss my ass, do what I say or you will get fired". Hard to believe but VERY TRUE. It happens all the time.
If passengers don't get their special dietary request, blame it on the caterer or your travel agent who put the order in too late. If all that is available is beef, work around it. I hate it when a pax blames me, I give up my meal (and still have to work 8 hours hungry) . Lots or times such pax get off the aircraft and don't even look at you or say thank you for giving up your meal for me.
OR if the seatbelt sign is on during turbulence....all of a sudden somone will get up and tell you that if you don't let them in the lav they are going to pee their pants. These people are not kids, they are adults. MEANWHILE...I feel like saying, "go ahead buddy, I have had to pee for the last 4 hours, but I haven't had a chance because I have been running my ass off for you"! Believe it it's true, I had one on my flight last night.
Last one, QuantasAirways, give me a break, what's with the old thing? Sure let's face it most men don't want an older f/a serving them, but it's not an Austin Powers movie, like "bring on the sexy stews". I work with lots of older or heavier female and male f/a's and they are great! Remember the next time your call bell does not get answered is probably because the young f/a is in the lav fixing her make-up or in the flight deck flirting with the pilots...the old one probably had to leave her/his section to answer your call bell!