Why Flight Attendants Prefer To Work In Economy Over First Class

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Everyone wants to be upgraded on a flight — except for the flight attendants, it seems, the NY Post reports. You’d think the cabin crew would much prefer working for a handful of posh people in business class or first class, instead of hundreds of flustered passengers in economy class, but it turns out that’s not the case.

Many airlines have a promotion system where you start off in economy, then work your way up to business and first class, but other companies let the crew choose where they want to work for that flight.

According to the accounts of several flight attendants, while they might be serving 10 people instead of 70 in the fancy cabins, those people’s constant demands actually mean they work a lot harder.

Heather Wilde, a former cabin crew member, said the work is far more straightforward in economy.

She said on Quora: “When flying economy, everything was straightforward — the most senior flight attendant on the plane would handle all the announcements, paperwork and stocking, in addition to everyone’s duties of completing the drink/snack service, aisle checks, etc. In a First Class experience there was no time to rest as you have to be able to cater to every passenger every minute of the flight — and ensure you still make all the required announcements at the right times.” Read more at NY Post.



  1. This is obvious! Why do people want to go to first class? Because you have much better service, which means a ton of work for the flight attendants. I cant believe the ny post actually wrote an article about this! Its common sense!


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