Confessions of a flight attendant: Hostess reveals what REALLY happens on board - from frisky first class romps and terrifying mid-air dramas to awkward celebrity encounters

A former flight attendant has shared some of the most memorable - and risque - moments from her mile-high job.

British expat Natalie Smith worked for Virgin Atlantic for three years, and during that time, she saw it all - from frisky passengers in first class to the terrifying moment a plane dropped 8,000 feet in seconds due to turbulence.

'Life as a "trolley dolly" certainly has its challenging moments,' Natalie told FEMAIL.

'It can feel glamorous working for such a prestigious airline, and you do get to travel for a living, but the lifestyle can be tiring and difficult at times.

'Badly behaved passengers and unpleasant flights are just par for the course.' 

Sharing some of her most salacious stories with Compare Travel Insurance, Natalie explained that one of her most memorable experiences came when two particularly daring passengers decided to get frisky in their first class seats.

'They were absolutely intent on doing the deed,' she said. 'At one stage we even saw a bra fly off!'

e former flight attendant said she and her colleagues 'spent ages playing "good cop, bad cop" trying to reason with them'.

'Eventually we resorted to sitting between them for the rest of the flight. Ridiculous!,' she said.

Natalie said that while joining the mile high club isn't necessarily illegal, it could result in a misdemeanour charge.

'If the airline believes you have broken the law or offended those around you, then they could call the police,' she said.

In this instance, they did not involve the authorities - but she said the passengers were given a 'very stern talking to'. 

Turbulence troubles

It's not only the passengers who can be problematic. Sometimes the conditions can make for tumultuous transit, too.

When a storm hit Natalie's flight from London Gatwick to Las Vegas, the resulting turbulence made front page news.

She said: 'During my flying years I obviously experienced a lot of turbulence, but none like this.

'With absolutely no warning, we dropped 8,000 feet in seconds. It was mayhem!

'Passengers were stuck in the toilets for an hour due to the extreme g-force, one man was smashed against the overhead lockers and the whole plane was vomiting - literally.'

She recalled that the crew had to have a 'post flight debrief to ensure they were physically and emotionally okay after the ordeal'.

'It definitely wasn't your average day at the office!' she added.

And this hasn't been the only on-flight scandal she's experienced either.

'I've experienced a crash landing, mid-air wedding proposals, passengers fighting, mile-high medical emergencies and many more that I really can't share,' she said.

'Sometimes what happens in the sky stays in the sky.'

Famous high flyers

On occasion, Natalie said she's flown with countless high flyers. And the ex-flight attendant said she has learned to 'expect the unexpected' when it comes to such passengers.

'I once flew with a very famous rapper and was surprised by how lovely he was,' she said.

'He'd just been denied boarding with another airline and I anticipated entitled behaviour and a large, rowdy entourage.'

Instead, she said he was 'incredibly gracious and happy to chat for ages'.

On the flipside, Natalie said there was another occasion when she flew with an actor who is 'famed for his British charm'.

'He spent the entire flight berating staff and snapping his fingers for attention,' she said.

She added that it's 'very interesting' to see how people act in first class as, whether they are famous or not, they sometimes 'take on a whole new demeanour'.

Accidents are par for the course wherever you are, and on a plane this is no exception.

Natalie said she has witnessed firsthand the effect of knocking back too many drinks at high altitude, but there are some instances that make her cringe more than others.

'One passenger in first class had obviously become seriously inebriated, so much so that I caught her urinating behind the bar, thinking she was in the loo,' she said.

'I literally couldn't believe what I was looking at, I was so shocked that I ended up walking away to gather myself, before returning five minutes later to deal with the "mess".'

She said not realising they've had too much is something she sees frequently with passengers.

'The high altitude certainly gets you more drunk than usual, and the lack of oxygen doesn't help matters,' Natalie explained.

'Of course, crew are meant to stop serving alcohol past a certain point, but sometimes people are sneaky and find ways to get more booze.' 

In 2017, the number of arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights rose by 50 per cent in a year, according to a BBC Panorama investigation.

Police statistics revealed at least 273 people were held in 2017 and 2018, with cases including a drunk passenger accused of fighting with a fellow passenger on board and a man allegedly shouting and swearing at a pilot.  

A spokesman for Airlines UK, the trade association for UK airlines, said: 'The problem of disruptive behaviour has got progressively worse over a number of years, despite the best efforts of industry to tackle it.

'There is no evidence to suggest these incidents won't persist without the active involvement of Government.'




stella Posted on August 07, 2019 15:33

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