FLIGHT attendants have shared some of the secret words and phrases they use if they fancy a passenger, to avoid them finding out.
If you hear someone get called Bob, it might not be their name after all.
Flight crew have secret ways of telling their colleagues they fancy a passengerCredit: Credit: caia image / Alamy Stock Photo
According to the late cabin crew member Owen Beddall, who wrote the book Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant, his colleagues would use the word “Bob” to refer to good-looking travellers.
The term stands for “Best on board” and staff use it to point out a passenger to others without alerting members of the public.
There’s another secret word for when crew have a crush on passengers – you won’t find out until it’s pretty much too late though.
A member of the cabin crew explained that they play the “cheerio” game as a way of telling each other, without the traveller catching on.
The game is played when passengers are disembarking – so too late to do anything about it.
The crew member, who goes by the name LTN330 on the Cabin Crew forum said: “There’s the cheerio game you can play when passengers disembark.
“When you’re standing there going ‘buh-bye, thank you, take care’ etc when you see someone you fancy, you say ‘cheerio’.”
“You need to do it with a buddy and the challenge is to keep a straight face.”
And if you hear a flight attendant referring to hot coffee in your aisle but don’t spot anyone drinking a hot beverage, chances are there’s a good-looking passenger nearby.
In an interview with Yahoo, flight attendant Emily Witkop revealed: “I recall for a few years there was a ‘hot coffee’ code among flight attendants.
“You would say, ‘I’ve got hot coffee in 3B!’ Which meant there was an extremely attractive passenger in that particular seat who the other flight attendants should check out.”
Amanda Pleva, a flight attendant with 14 years of experience and a column on FlyerTalk, says there’s a stricter code of conduct than if you were hitting on someone in a bar or club.
She has detailed the best way to flirt with a member of cabin crew to guarantee success, with tips on when to attempt conversation and even what to wear on your feet.
Here are some of the other phrases you might hear crew say – and what they mean.
Hot coffee, Bob and cheerio are all secret phrasesCredit: Getty – Contributor