I'm back home after a couple of tough days of flying. I'm still shaking my head at the cheekiness of passengers.
On my last flight, while I was in the aisle serving beverages, I noticed a woman in the aft galley. When I first looked back, I saw her sitting on my jumpseat. I shouldn't have to tell anyone that this is a big no-no, but evidently some people still don't get it. They think it's perfect reasonable to sit in a crew member's seat. In addition to the obvious safety and security issues, this is the equivalent me going into your office, sitting in the chair behind your desk, and putting my feet up. I wouldn't do it! And neither should you!
I walked back to the galley, and politely explained to this woman that she was not permitted to sit on my jumpseat, and asked her to return to her seat. She said that she needed to stretch a bit (so, I ask myself, why was she sitting?), but would be fine. I went back to the cart and continued serving.
A few minutes later, I glanced back. Now, this woman was standing in the gallley, opening drawers and cubby holes, and looking through stuff. Now I was incensed. I don't go to your office and rifle through your desk and files. I respect your work space and privacy. Is it too much for me to ask that you do the same for me?
Apparently, this was a burdensome request, because this woman just didn't get it. She was incensed. I insisted that she return to her seat, telling her she was not permitted to dig through the galley supplies. I'm still shaking my head wondering why I even have to tell anyone that. She look at me with disbelief, asserting that she had paid thus-and-so for her ticket and she was permitted to do whatever she want. HUH? You buy a ticket and then get carte blanche to do whatever you want to do on the airplane. I DON'T THINK SO!
It took every ounce of customer service and people skills that I had to get this woman out of my space, and back into her seat, without causing a scene. She was unhappy for the remainder of the flight. I didn't care.
Yes, I know I'm ranting, but sometimes I get so sick of seeing this "it's all about me" attitude on the plane.