Flight Attendant Reveals ‘Code Word’ for Difficult Passengers


With in-flight interactions increasingly being filmed by travelers, it seems like we’re regularly treated to poor airline behavior. But you don’t have to go viral for getting into an altercation with a fellow passenger or letting uncontrolled bodily functions wreak havoc onboard to get under the skin of your flight attendant. However, those that do may be designated with a special code word.

According to The Sun, which spoke with the publication’s resident flight attendant blogger: “If you’re labeled a ‘Philip’ then you’ve done something wrong and should probably expect to get bad service for the rest of the flight.” And while the name seems innocuous enough, it stems from a pretty unflattering acronym. 

“That name originated from the term PILP—Passenger I’d Like to Punch—but has changed over time to become slightly more subtle,” anonymous crew member explained.

However, to avoid being called a “Philip” behind your back, the expert shared some travel advice on how to stay on the good side of your flight attendant.

For one thing, they don’t appreciate passengers who constantly ring the bell, which usually means that there is either a medical emergency or someone who needs a drink refill. Given that flight attendants go up and down the aisles to provide regular drink and food service, they prefer that you be patient and wait for the cart.

Other bad behavior that will earn you the ire of your flight attendant include loitering in the galley or aisle. While it’s understandable that people need to stretch their legs during long flights, you don’t want to get in the way of personnel trying to do their jobs. Causing a fuss over a crying baby or toddler is also a big no-no, as the minor inconvenience can usually be easily remedied with a pair of noise-canceling headphones 

And finally, many airlines have rules in place to ask that people not film their flight attendants or passengers, as many travelers feel that it’s within their right to film in-flight grievances.

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