Loading and unloading zone announcements: can you have two people make the same announcement? Can you air your personal baggage (puns!) over the PA system?
“Airport announcements are typically all pre-recorded,” a veteran flight attendant said. “There would never be two people arguing over the PA. What were they fighting about?”
Can Jehovah's Witnesses/religious groups solicit services in an airport terminal and/or hand out free flowers?
Depends on the airport, but the California Supreme Court upheld a ban on Hare Krishnas doing so at LAX in 2010. The US Supreme Court also ruled on the issue in 1992.
Do you have to let people know if you have a prosthetic leg or arm when you're going through security?
According to TSA: passengers with prostheses can be screened without removing them. The way screening will be conducted depends on the passenger’s level of ability and whether or not he or she voluntarily chooses to remove his or her prosthetic during screening.The passenger should inform the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) of the existence of a prosthetic, his or her ability, and of any need for assistance before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers. However, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt a passenger from additional screening when necessary.
Do captains receive business calls on the white courtesy phones? Can you even put people on hold on those things? (Example quote: "Alright, give me Ham on five, hold the Mayo.")
“No, you can’t receive personal calls on courtesy phones,” a former pilot told us. “They were really for paging passengers.”
Are you able to ask if a specific flight attendant is on your flight? Are there privacy laws associated with that?
"I’ve never had someone ask for me personally,” one former Delta flight attendant said. “I don’t think nowadays you would be able to do that with security."
Can hearts actually hop on their own? If one lands on the floor, can it still be used in a transplant?
"This is an insane question,” a second-year surgical resident said. “It would be a case-by-case basis determination, like if the heart was punctured or contaminated in any way."
Can people on stretchers (with an IV) fly on a commercial flight?
According to one former flight attendant: “All passengers have to be in an actual seat."
Can you say goodbye to someone right next to the plane if you’re not flying?
“Non-passengers are never allowed on the jetway,” a veteran flight attendant told us. “Or by the plane, for that matter.”
Are you able to carry your own tray of drinks in first class? (Like the kid who brings coffee to the girl.)
"You can carry your own drink to another seat and sit next to someone else,” a current flight attendant said. “Not sure where you'd get a serving tray. I guess you could use your food tray if you still had it?"
Could people named Roger and Over ever be captains at the same time due to the potential for miscommunication?
“Ha, I don’t think you could discriminate on that alone,” laughed a retired airline pilot.
Can non-officials be in the cockpit when the plane is flying?
According to FAA regulations: the cockpit door is locked during flight, and only the flight crew may enter.
Can pilots/flight attendants bring people into the cockpit anymore?
“Sure! But only when the flight is grounded,” explained a current flight attendant I asked on a recent flight out of JFK. “You can visit when the doors are open, and the plane is parked at the jetway. We usually only allow visitors after the flight, when the pilots aren't as busy. And the captain can always say no."
How long can you hang out up there?
“Typically, just a couple minutes -- quick peek upon de-boarding the aircraft,” a former flight attendant said.