Next time you’re at the airport, you could get some extra perks – depending on how you act.
Former airline gate attendant Alex Zois explained that he has the power to help passengers, if he feels they are nice.
He said just saying please and thank you goes a long way “especially if you’re asking for something from an airport crew member” when you’re arriving for your flight.
However, while he admitted there are no “real upgrades” any more for travellers, this doesn’t mean you won’t get something for being nice.
“If a customer was being nice and polite, I would always try to go the extra mile to see if they can accommodate their seat request on a full flight if they came up to the gate,” he told The Points Guy.
“If I saw a seat open, I would do my best to give them the seat since nobody was going to sit there anyway.”
Mr Zois also said that passengers have been more demanding since the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Most customers are pretty patient, but some tend to demand more than others,” he said.
“As everything starts to ramp up again, having a bit more patience can go a long way.”
A different flight attendant explained how being nice could also get you free drinks on a plane.
Kat Kamalani, who works as a flight attendant in the US, said on TikTok: “This is the number one way that you can get a free drink on your next flight.
“So if you’re sitting in your seat and your monitor or airconditioning or something is broken and we can’t fix it, we have a little iPhone that can give you free complimentary drinks to make up for that mishap.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission