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(CNBC)   Cathay Pacific flight attendants threaten to not smile at passengers due to a pay dispute. Passengers on US based airlines ask "Flight attendants smile?"   (cnbc.com) divider line 27
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2012-12-14 10:36:22 AM
I call BS!
 
2012-12-14 10:40:26 AM
Yes they do, inside where it counts.  That is something they keep, just for them.  Oh! and naked pillow fights in the galley.
 
2012-12-14 10:48:50 AM
Alaska Air folks smile. And they offer complimentary beer - GOOD beer - and wine to passengers in Coach. With refills. Had me 2 cups of MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale yesterday, and was offered a third.

That, and occasional last-minute $50 upgrades to First Class at the gate make Alaska my favorite airline.
 
2012-12-14 11:08:08 AM
It takes 43 muscles to frown, and only 17 muscles to smile. But it takes no muscles at all to stare at you with a stony-faced expression.

Please don't Snopes me.
 
2012-12-14 11:11:35 AM
these flight attendants are doing a lot more than smiling.
 
2012-12-14 11:17:53 AM
Dunno if this video made it to Fark a couple weeks ago, but Speaking of Cathay Pacific ...
 
2012-12-14 11:19:46 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Alaska Air folks smile. And they offer complimentary beer - GOOD beer - and wine to passengers in Coach. With refills. Had me 2 cups of MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale yesterday, and was offered a third.

That, and occasional last-minute $50 upgrades to First Class at the gate make Alaska my favorite airline.


Don't start with that. There is no good airline.
 
2012-12-14 11:25:38 AM

Jamdug!: Benevolent Misanthrope: Alaska Air folks smile. And they offer complimentary beer - GOOD beer - and wine to passengers in Coach. With refills. Had me 2 cups of MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale yesterday, and was offered a third.

That, and occasional last-minute $50 upgrades to First Class at the gate make Alaska my favorite airline.

Don't start with that. There is no good airline.


I fly Hipster Air. It's an obscure airline, you've probably never heard of it.
 
2012-12-14 11:42:00 AM
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I dont care if she smiles...

Truth be told I prefer a smirk
 
2012-12-14 01:37:15 PM
Man some of those east asian based airlines have some amazing customer service.

Though I did have a pretty good time when I caught a Sun Country leg to my destination once. Nice folks.
 
2012-12-14 02:06:46 PM
The best coach flight I ever took was on Cathay Pacific, from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I almost didn't want to get off the plane.
 
2012-12-14 02:08:57 PM

dj_bigbird: these flight attendants are doing a lot more than smiling.


Niiiiiice...

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-14 02:19:01 PM
I've flown business class between Asia and SFO on Cathay Pacific a couple of times, and it was the best customer service of any airline I've flown, in any class of service. I can't imagine how the First Class could've been even better, unless the flight attendants give the passengers blow jobs in first class. That's about all that was missing in business class. And coach looked to be better than any U.S. airline's business class!

The flight attendants were really hot, too.
 
2012-12-14 02:40:20 PM

dj_bigbird: these flight attendants are doing a lot more than smiling.


media.englishrussia.com

Surely, she must have had the fish.
 
2012-12-14 02:53:04 PM

Lsherm: The best coach flight I ever took was on Cathay Pacific, from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I almost didn't want to get off the plane.


You don't even have to go to Asia. Years ago I had a very nice Cathay Pacific flight from Vancouver to New York, and it was actually cheaper than what the travel agent had initially picked.
 
2012-12-14 03:24:09 PM
I fly for business fairly often, and must be the only straight man in the world to fail to see the attraction in "hot" stewardesses. My attitude (even when I was single) was that if they're not actually going to leave the plane with me (and why would they?), I'd rather they knew how to operate the defibrillator.

You want your airline to win me over? Offer free beer and wine on evening commuter flights.

/God bless Porter Airlines and all their cabin crew
 
2012-12-14 04:59:20 PM
US flight attendants are almost exclusively either women in their 50s or gay men.
 
2012-12-14 05:22:25 PM

MikeyFuccon: Porter Airlines


Steamwhistle?

Barf.
 
2012-12-14 05:47:42 PM

Ivo Shandor: Lsherm: The best coach flight I ever took was on Cathay Pacific, from Vancouver to Hong Kong. I almost didn't want to get off the plane.

You don't even have to go to Asia. Years ago I had a very nice Cathay Pacific flight from Vancouver to New York, and it was actually cheaper than what the travel agent had initially picked.


Yeah, but Vancouver or NY seem to be the points.
 
2012-12-14 06:10:54 PM

MikeyFuccon: /God bless Porter Airlines and all their cabin crew


THIS. I love that airline.
 
2012-12-14 06:41:45 PM
Sexy flight attendant thread?

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And from the good old days...

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2012-12-14 07:36:20 PM
Honestly, on about half the flights I was on, the Attendants were generally having a good time, smiling, helpful, etc. About half - not a good average to aim for, but not as bad as the headline makes it out.

Of course, I mostly flew Southwest, where the Flight Attendants have a two drink minimum per flight, apparently... even had a quite obviously gay flight attendant chat me up for more than half of a flight. I was flattered, but still, the guy had to have something better to be doing.
 
2012-12-14 08:06:58 PM

Jamdug!: Don't start with that. There is no good airline.


Emirates is pretty good. It was really difficult to fly with them and then get on a Delta flight the next day. But most non-US airlines I've flown on have been great (obviously I've avoided RyanAir and the other usual suspects). Surprisingly AeroMexico and Ethiopian Airlines are good... at least in comparison to most US based airlines.

/Still might try to get a job at Delta HQ for the flight benefits
 
2012-12-14 10:23:12 PM
Really?

www.nycaviation.com
 
2012-12-15 12:05:07 AM

EngineerAU: Jamdug!: Don't start with that. There is no good airline.

Emirates is pretty good. It was really difficult to fly with them and then get on a Delta flight the next day. But most non-US airlines I've flown on have been great (obviously I've avoided RyanAir and the other usual suspects). Surprisingly AeroMexico and Ethiopian Airlines are good... at least in comparison to most US based airlines.

/Still might try to get a job at Delta HQ for the flight benefits


All fun and games until it flies into a World Trade Center.
 
2012-12-15 12:12:42 AM
I flew Cathay Pacific from LAX to Hong Kong once, coach class. The seats were roomy, there was plenty of leg room even for my 6 foot 3 body, the food was pretty good, and there were TVs with around a dozen recent movies, a bunch of TV show episodes and lots of music videos at every seat. Nice, wide aisles and enough bathrooms too.

Rumor had it that free snacks and drinks were available the entire flight for the asking, but I didn't indulge. I don't recall the flight attendants smiling a whole lot, but neither were they surly. Anyway, Cathay Pacific's a very good airline. Heard good things about Korean Airlines too.

/14 hour flight! If I had it to do over again I'd have gone through Tokyo and cut a couple of hours off that leg.
//Though Hong Kong does have a nice airport. First airport I've seen with smoker's lounges.
///Slash-and-burn!
 
2012-12-15 12:16:40 AM
Oh, and the airline's offer doesn't sound all that bad. A 2% raise isn't that much but that 13th month bonus is nice- basically an extra month's base pay every December. But they're probably losing out overall in overtime and things.., I suppose. Maybe they'll settle on 3% and the 13th month?
 
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