Working as a flight attendant is the kind of job that you’d either love or completely hate, there’s no in between with that kind of job. But no matter how much you love your job, there’s always a few things in any job that can drive you crazy that you wish you could change. Today, we’re going to be looking at what drives flight attendants absolutely insane, including the most annoying thing you can possibly order when you’re catching a flight. It’s such a simple thing that it will probably surprise you!
Yes, apparently there is one sure fire thing you can order that will annoy every flight attendant you come across while you’re strapped into that tin can in the sky. The airline attendants at flight blog These Gold Wings have revealed that the most annoying thing they’re asked to serve is a simple beverage and it’s one that we order quite a lot. Yep, the most annoying drink you can order from our lovely flight attendants is a simple glass of diet Coke!
So what’s so annoying about diet Coke? How can it possibly be the most annoying thing that any flight attendant has to serve? Well, the answer is surprisingly straightforward, the bubbles in diet Coke take forever to settle when you’re at 35,000 feet, meaning that it takes longer to pour a glass of diet coke than any other drink. The high altitude makes the drink fizz up even more than usual, making it difficult for flight attendants to serve you as quickly as they would like.
It’s not that the flight attendants on your flight can’t deal with a fizzy drink, they’re not at any risk of spilling your diet Coke all over the cabin, it’s more that the time it takes to pour your Coke is an issue. The flight attendants on the These Gold Wings blog even claim that it’s possible for them to serve three or more other passengers in the time it takes to wait for the fizz in diet Coke to settle. Part of the blog post about this subject said, “Pouring Diet Coke is one of the biggest slow downs in the bar service, and on the shorter flights those precious seconds count.”
Although diet Coke might be the most annoying beverage that flight attendants have to serve, they’re keen to let you know that this minor annoyance isn’t going to stop them from doing their job properly. They even have a trick that they use to speed up pouring your diet Coke, so you can have your beverage and they can get on with their work. The trick involves taking the can of diet Coke and turning it upside down into a glass so they can pour it out.
One flight attendant on the blog explained why this handy little trick works when you’re flying at 35,000 feet. They explained, “the Diet Coke doesn’t come out of the can when flipped upside down until you lift it up and tilt it slightly. This is because the air pressure is keeping the Coke in the can. It makes pouring the Diet Coke very controllable and reduces the chances of spilling or overflow.” Pretty clever, right? This is the kind of simple little trick that you learn in any job, no matter what you do!
So what is it about diet Coke that makes it more annoying than any over beverage? I mean, our flight attendants have specified that it’s diet Coke that drives them crazy, not regular Coke or any other carbonated beverage, so what makes diet Coke so utterly infuriating? Well the answer can be found in a study performed by the Illinois State University, who looked at what makes diet Coke what it is. Turns out there’s a specific property of diet Coke that makes it fizzier than anything else when you’re flying.
The researchers discovered that diet Coke has a higher level of carbon dioxide than regular Coke, which makes it much fizzier than the regular version of this popular drink. So if you’re trying to keep that calorie count down by drinking diet Coke rather than regular, be prepared to wait patiently while your flight attendants get it poured out, okay?
What do you think about the most annoying thing you can order while you’re on a plane? Is this going to change your behaviour the next time you take a flight, or will you order diet coke all you want? What’s the most annoying thing you’ve ever seen anyone do on a flight? Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!