be honest, have you guys ever taken anything from the aircraft??? (apart from safty cards).....blankets....plates....wine glass.....etc.....
for me, i dun usually take things except the safty card, but last year when i flew SQ's Raffles Class back to HK, my friend, being the devil as always .....made me take the blanket (he said....take it lah, it's Givenchy)....so i took it (actually i wanted to take it as well, even b4 he asked me to.).....anyway, how about you guys???? taken anything???
never taken anything except safety cards (and even then only if I don't have it yet, I collect for myself only, not for trade) and maybe an inflight mag to get the timetables.
Migth have taken some bags of peanuts leftover from the meal, but those were freely given
Why would you take a safety card? You know that airlines dont go through every seat after every flight to make sure there are emergency cards there. What if you happen to take someone's card and they dont get a chance to look at it for one reason or another? These things are not toys for you to take off airplanes. As for the blankets, it's the same thing that goes on in hotels. If you're that desperate to get a fork or a towel, go right ahead and make yourself look like an idiot.
If you take, you steal! Consider safety, consider costs, consider the act of stealing! If you really want something ...ask! I have, and I have been surprised at the actions of most airlines (great advertising and free)
Offer to purchase items as well, in most cases you will be given the item free of any charge and it usually is given to you with a smile! Good advice from a person who asks and gets! Sonic
Sonic's way is best. I think that this craze of lifting safety cards is a very serious offence. Should I ever see somebody doing it I would have no hesitation in reporting them and I would hope to see them locked up for a few good years (some chance though)! Too many morons calling themselves enthusiasts in airplanes these days! Grow up!
In flights Magazines is my favorite. Plus, unused comb inside the Toilet (good for travel) plus blanket and used to take unused overnight packs from the CX330 bcos a lot of empty seat and those pack was in front of each seats with a very nice pack and socks.
I've never taken anything that aren't already there for passengers to consume already. I've never taken safety cards, magazines, blankets or anything like that since those are re-useable but I've taken puke bags, soap, etc that has the airline's logo on it.
i only take the inflight magazine because i collect them but i do ask if i can take it. i have now got almost 400 inflight mags from many different airlines. i got my first AIR2000 one yesterday when i flew back from LCA (Larnaca, Cyprus).
I always take the inflight magazines, i have loads of 'High Life' and 'Holland Herald'. You are allowed to take them, and on the KLM magazines it says Your Copy To Keep/ They wouldn't put that on there if you weren't allowed to!
I usually take in flight mags and safety cards.
Magazines are free to take since almost all have written " Your free copy" on them.
I used to ask for safety cards before but now i just take them.
The FA s always say yes anyway.
Ben88: Cleaning staff goes thru every seat and fills in safety cards, magazines and barf bags when needed.
I know since i do it every day.
But one thing we dont check is life wests.
So those of you who take life wests , imagine how you would feel if there was an emergency landing on water and you discovered that there wasent any lifewest under your seat.
I suppose that there are always some extra wests , but in an emergency there is no time to look for them.
I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter
I always try to steal the Flight Attendants. - Never Works though!!!
I have - A British Airways Green and Blue inflight Blanket from my HKG-LHR flight last year. I didn't steal it though, they gave it to me when I was being carried off the plane at Heathrow with food poisoning to stop me getting cold.
I always keep the socks too, you see I am not a slipper guy, and those socks are so cosy like socks... but not like big clod-hoppers hanging round your ankles... making it like the krypton factor whenever you want to walk around. I have some from Qantas, Ansett, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and Airtours International.
I never steal the safety card... that's just silly really. Immagine how gutted you would be if you were involved in a plane crash and an 'enthusiast' has stolen it... what would you have to read when you plumet towards the ground?
About the inflight mags, they are there to take so you don't need to ask (always in the corner: "free to take with you with our compliments", or similar). I collect them too and have several hundred at home.
I take a cutlery set from each new airline I fly, often also the safety card (sometimes I ask but if the F/A looks mean, I just take it).
I have been known to "borrow" a blanket, pillow and once a headrest cover but not any more. Also when exiting, I look out for unused Business class amenity packs. They are neat.
I had a friend who took 2 SQ life jackets: I was furious with him but he had taken one for me (no, I HADN'T asked) so I am now the guilty owner of the thing.
But if any of you have wondered what it is like to inflate one of those things, believe me it is COOOOL. You pull the lever and it literally bursts open around you with a whoosh. Fun!!! Also the gas canisters you use to inflate are replaceable so you can do it several times as a party trick (however I haven't tried to replace it - I wonder if they are available commercially).
I wonder why - I doubt that you would need to replace them in the situation they are designed for.
Anyway back to the topic, someone also nicked a QF 747-400 model from the duty free cart for me but I felt duty bound to return it. I felt such an idiot walking into the QF office to return it but they were appreciative.
Anyway I have degraded myself enough here. Anyone else?????
I have personally witnessed 2 particular incidents of inflight pilferage which were real classics, with opposite results:
A few years ago, on a Thai 737-400 btwn Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, I sat next to a holidaying couple who were returning to KL. After the meal, I saw the husband collect their two (rather nice and cute) TG glasses and place them in his zip-up bag. They placed their napkins over their trays to conceal the fact that the glasses were missing - but that didn't fool the sharp-eyed Thai cabin attendant who was collecting the trays. In a very un-Thai fashion, she stood at the aisle and refused to leave until the glasses were returned. (As I was occupying the aisle seat, I was directly in the path of this icy exchange) The husband then -rather embarassingly- unzipped his bag to produce the two glasses ...
In January this year, on an Iran Air 747SP flight btwn Tehran and Kuala Lumpur, the three passengers sitting in the row across the aisle from me managed to store away into their hand baggage two entire lunch trays (!) together with all the cutlery and 'dry' containers which came with them. Whatever was left (mainly plastic bags and aluminum foil) was returned to the cabin crew piled high on the one remaining tray. There was an initially heated exchange in Persian btwn the steward and the three passengers, presumably about the missing trays, but the passengers obviously managed to presuade or convince the steward because he left without collecting the two missing trays...