According to several anonymous flight attendants, first and business class passengers are far worse than those at the back of the plane. The article notes what I think a lot of us realize (with regards to US and European carriers anyway), most flight attendants prefer to work in economy – it’s less work and the passengers are less needy. Some do select first / business as the lead flight attendant gets paid more, but is also typically assigned to the front of the plane.
The attendants say that domestically New York is home to some of the worst passengers, especially on JFK-LAX, JFK-PAP, and any flight to Florida.
“The worst was an obese man who needed to pee but couldn’t fit in the lavatory and threatened to pee on his seat. The crew had to hold up blankets in the galley, and he took his trousers off and peed into a cup.”
“Everyone thinks they’re the most important person in the world. I once had a fortysomething male passenger who said he was a picky eater and asked me to remove the almonds from his mixed nuts, the shaved parmesan from his salad and the cilantro from his tabouleh.”
“There are too many times to count where people get on board and just hand me coats and say, ‘Seat 3E and I’ll take a vodka cranberry’,”sometimes passengers tell me I am not to talk to them, just give them the meal of their choice and keep their glass filled any time it gets low.”