Can flight attendants just sit down in a seat next to a passenger?
"I’ve fallen into the aisle seat when we hit turbulence, and just stayed there until it passed,” a former PanAm flight attendant told us. “Otherwise, no, you wouldn't just pop down next to someone and start chatting away. We’re either on our feet, or in our designated seats."
Can you borrow things from passengers? (Example: a guitar from a nun)
“Borrow something? If it’s okay with the passenger, sure,” a retired flight attendant said. “But you’d have to check a guitar, too big for a carry-on.”
Do doctors ever correspond directly with the pilots about a passenger on the plane with a specific medical condition?
“Flight attendants would be the ones to alert the pilot to any medical or emergency situation while on board,” a retired American Airlines flight attendant said. “We would make an announcement over the PA for a doctor in-flight if something required special attention.”