Would You Tip A Flight Attendant?
You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hearing how awful air travel is; stories of delays, cancellations, and surly flight attendants abound. But what if there was a way to make it better?
I read a great blog post recently that posed a really interesting question: could we get better service on airplanes if we tipped? After all, we tip for everything else: a morning latte, a dinner out, the convenience of having the bellman bring your bags up to the room. Would it make a difference if you slipped the flight attendant a couple of bucks as she handed over your diet coke? Sure, it’s not standard now—you’d probably get it passed back to you with a polite but firm no thank you, ma’am—but what if it was common practice? What if everyone tipped on planes?
What do you think? Would you do it? Should you do it? Would it make a difference to the general flying experience?