Let me give you a couple of choices:
(a) Smiling is dictated by employer
(b) Fundamentally happy with job & pay
(c) Something else
According to a survey of 718 British cabin attendants by UK The Telegraph, the answer is (c) – something else.
The survey asked the cabin attendants if they had ever broken any of the airlines’ rules.
9 out of 10 answered to the affirmative.
Most of the violations were relatively minor – e.g. accepting tips.
But, some were doozies.
Leading the pack: 1 in 5 cabin attendants admitted to having “indulged in sexual relations with a colleague during a flight”
Add to that, 14% said they had had in-flight sexual encounters with passengers.
Though there may be some double-counting, that bumps the number up to about 1 in 3.
The survey might not be projectable to the U.S. but …
Next flight, if a steward or stewardess is smiling like a Cheshire cat, it’s fair game to wonder why.