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It's strange to me how many people don't realize the best way to get great service from anyone is simply to give them your best manners and treat them like a real human being. On my last flight (on Continental) the person sitting next to me felt like being rude and berating the FA. He was about a foot and a half short than I was and at least 75 pounds lighter. I politlely made him aware of that fact, and he quickly shut up. The FA slipped me an extra 'meal.'
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Ah, funny how that works isn't it? When you're nice to someone, chances are, they'll be nice right back. It's a vicious circle
If you're nice to the crew, they'll be nice to you! A little common courtesy goes a long, long way.
Doing the all-nighter transcons from the west coast I was working business class aisle many times, and I would always ask everyone on 'my side' of the aircraft if they were asleep during dinner, if they wanted me to wake them up or leave them alone to sleep. You would not believe how happy these people were to be asked that! When I fly, I hate being shaken awake for a dinner I don't want, or dozing off and missing it completely! Some pax said yes, wake me up, and some said no, I want to sleep, but either way, it made them happy, started the flight out on a good note, and they showed their appreciation by being nice back to me! It made for very pleasant flights for me and