Sure, you could fly business first class for $6,000 to receive the best service or you can sit in the rear. Sitting in the back of the aircraft can pay off for passengers, according to Business Insider. According to flight attendant Annie Kingston, flight attendant’s are more likely to give goodies to passengers in the last few rows.
The reason is simple: We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way. This can cause a problem since planes often don’t have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule. For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.
Jay Robert, a flight attendant and founder of Fly Guy, said the camaraderie tends to be better there, too. “Another reason we give better service at the back is if there are empty seats, that’s where they will be. When a part of the cabin isn’t full, we will tend to be more relaxed and more likely to have fun with the few passengers sitting there.”
If you don’t sit in the back, there are still some ways to score better service according to several flight attendants:
“Board the plane with a big smile and just say ‘hello how are you’ to the cabin crew.” ―Claude Blanco, former Air France flight attendant
“Listen and pay attention to the safety instructions.” ―Mary Golde
“Be respectful and please take your headphones off when spoken to.” ―Siouxz Wilson
″[Have] a nice, but fairly brief, chat in the galley. Come introduce yourself, tell me about your plans, make a joke. I guarantee as we chat I’ll offer you snacks and learn your drink of choice (which more will follow).” ―Guy Cox
“Look up from your electronic device during the service. Crew can only give outstanding service if you can hear and see them.” ―Molly Mel, former Pan Am flight attendant
“Look at me when we speak. It’s kind, courteous and can even create trust. Not to mention I’ll likely be able to get your drink order right the first time.” ―Tina Troyanek, flight attendant with a major carrier
“My name badge is there, use it. I hear my name, you’re getting drinks.” ―Shane Seery