I’m a flight attendant and we have a secret phrase for passengers we fancy – The US Sun

A FLIGHT attendant has revealed the secret phrase they use if they fancy a passenger or think they are attractive.

Emily Witkop, who works for Southwest Airlines, explained how it is easy to tell their co-workers without the passenger catching on.


A flight attendant has revealed the phrase they use if they fancy youCredit: Getty – Contributor

She previously told Yahoo: “For a few years there was a ‘hot coffee’ code among flight attendants.

“You would say, ‘I’ve got hot coffee in 3B!’

“Which meant there was an extremely attractive passenger in that particular seat who the other flight attendants should check out.”

It isn’t the only way crew tell each other if they fancy someone onboard.

Another flight attendant revealed a “cheerio” game they played when they left the plane after it landed.

The crew member, who goes by the name LTN330 on the Cabin Crew forum said: “There’s the cheerio game you can play when passengers disembark.

“When you’re standing there going ‘buh-bye, thank you, take care’ etc when you see someone you fancy, you say ‘cheerio’.”

“You need to do it with a buddy and the challenge is to keep a straight face.”


According to the late cabin crew member Owen Beddall, who wrote the book Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant, his colleagues would use the word ‘Bob’ to refer to good-looking travellers.

Here are some of the other phrases you might hear crew say – and what they mean.

And if you fancy asking one of the crew out, a former flight attendant has revealed how to do it.

Amanda Pleva, a flight attendant with 14 years of experience and a column on FlyerTalk, says there’s a stricter code of conduct than if you were hitting on someone in a bar or club.

She has detailed the best way to flirt with a member of cabin crew to guarantee success, with tips on when to attempt conversation and even what to wear on your feet.

 If you hear hot coffee but it never arrives, it might mean they fancy you


If you hear hot coffee but it never arrives, it might mean they fancy youCredit: Credit: caia image / Alamy Stock Photo


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