A flight attendant has revealed the real reason cabin crew wont stow passengers carryon bags for them — and its left many online users fired up. If you have recently been on a plane and noticed flight attendants dont offer to place your suitcase or backpack into the overhead locker theres a reason.
According to flight attendant Cierra none of the crew get paid while passengers are boarding.
We actually dont start to get paid until the moment that airplane door shuts and the handbrake gets lifted she said in a viral TikTok. On top of that if its because youre having trouble lifting it you can easily get your packed [luggage] checked at the gate for free. Cierras clip which has amassed almost 1 million views has left hundreds shocked. Think its ridiculous that you dont get paid until the door shuts. Should be as soon as you enter the airport one person wrote. Its ridiculous that you dont get paid until the doors close a second person agreed.
Some claimed that with the current global chaos surrounding airports airlines and lost baggage they would rather not have their bags checked in while others didnt take Cierras clip lightly. OK asking for help to lift a bag shouldnt ruin your day if someone is asking kindly. Theres plenty of people too short to reach the cabins up top one person commented. So youre not gonna help someone with a simple thing like their bags because youre not getting paid? Seems a little messed up – its not that big of a deal a second person wrote while a third added Last time I went on a plane they announced if you need help putting luggage overhead just ask since its just common courtesy to help people.
While the rules vary for different airlines some can have policies preventing flight attendants from lifting passengers suitcases according to travel brand Matador Network. Flight attendant Jamela Hardwick told Insider why she wont help passengers with their luggage. She explained that it not only comes down to pay but if they get injured while performing the act theyre not covered. We do not get paid until the boarding door is closed she said. If we get hurt while putting that bag in the overhead bin we do not get to write it off as an onjob injury. Kat Kamalani a flight attendant for more than six years said while it is crazy it is true that its not their job to lift luggage into the overhead lockers.