Profiling — the estimation of the psychological portrait of a passenger, doesn’t end at customs. After the security checkpoint, you board the plane where the most interesting things start. The smiley attractive flight attendants are actually walking and talking scanners that can tell a good guy from a dangerous person just by looking at them once.
We have done some research and found 7 things that flight attendants watch out for when we board a plane.
1. A flight attendant will definitely notice you if you don’t say “hello.”
There is a reason why flight attendants say “hello” to you: it’s part of their profiling process. If a person can’t even say “hello” back, then there is no chance they will help in case of an emergency. If someone is friendly and not hostile, this generally says a lot about their character and they will most likely help out in a dangerous situation.
2. You don’t look them in the eye.
Flight attendants always look into passengers’ eyes when they greet them on board the plane. If a passenger tries to avoid eye contact, this is an alarming sign. The thinking is simple: if you did something bad, you look away. Obviously, not everyone who looks away did something bad: this is just one of the signs that flight attendants base their conclusions on.
3. You have a pale face and a red nose.
Before boarding the plane, airport employees may ask a passenger for a note from a doctor that says that their illness presents no danger to the people around them and cannot be spread via the air. But the person that coughs and has runny nose can be allowed on the plane if they say that they’ve had an allergic reaction to cats. This is a lot of trouble for flight attendants, because they have to ask them how they feel, pay extra attention to them, and also look for a seat far from the passengers that are afraid of getting infected.