35,000 FOOT REQUESTS

This one comes courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, where judging by the fact it was in their press release section of their website, we’re thinking either, A/ not much is happening at Virgin these days which means the PR department has one heck of a lot of free time on their hands, or B/ they’ve truly […]


This one comes courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, where judging by the fact it was in their press release section of their website, we’re thinking either, A/ not much is happening at Virgin these days which means the PR department has one heck of a lot of free time on their hands, or B/ they’ve truly taken their head honcho’s legendary irreverence to heart! Whatever the case, we hereby bequeath them the title of ‘Honourary Bellyachers’ – we can’t give them ‘Sir’ because that’s obviously taken already. A survey (goodness knows what the real intent of the survey was!) of Virgin Atlantic’s over 3,000 cabin crew came up with the strangest, most unusual requests received over the years from some six million passengers. The survey revealed that the requests heard most frequently by the crew are, “please can you open the window?” and “can you show me to the showers?” but the survey also revealed a few more unique examples, according to Virgin. • Please can I have a cup of tea and book a massage for my Barbie doll? • Can you take my children to the playroom? • Please could you fix my hair? • I have dropped my glass eye, please could you help me find it? • Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy? • Is there a McDonald’s onboard? • Please can the captain stop the turbulence? And one request which clearly shows the importance of good listening skills! A very famous celebrity pressed her call bell and asked the crew member to “fix her hair”. The crew member agreed to this slightly unusual request and headed back to the galley where the other crew members rallied round and provided him with a hair brush, comb and small can of hairspray. Off he went back to Mrs. XXX armed with his array of hairdressing equipment where upon she roared with laughter and explained by saying ‘could he fix the AIR!’ and she pointed overhead. He quickly turned on the air vent and sheepishly crept back to the galley.