Unadulterated Arrogance

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Air supremacy

I have always had an inherent dislike of all personnel related to the travel and tourism industry and especially so; the cabin crew. They strut around with almost as arrogance as moi. The majority of them are just either graduates or diploma holders without any other credentials to their names, the only thing going for them are their long legs which the hooker down your local alley could compete with. My prejudice was initiated as a result of an old and bitter experience I once had. A few years back I was travelling to Qatar, an elderly gentleman who I presumed never travelled by air before happened to be seated next to me. I did my best to pacify the elder statesman but there was this air hostesses who could not help being rude to him.

Rule no one is that, 'thou shalt not disrespect the elderly'. You break this rule in my presence and you are in line for some stern reprimand. I was already bored and cranky, the air-hostess' disrespect gave me the perfect moral cover to be myself at my very best. I started out by calling out to her loudly as a 'waitress' and after she obliged my request by bringing or should I say 'fetching' a glass of water, I proceeded to tip her with small change in open view which resulted in laughter from all quarters of the aeroplane. The adrenaline started to flow, I had gone from 0 to arrogant in under 5 seconds flat and was all pumped up but alas I could not catch her in my aisle for the rest of the flight. Since then I have always had an aversion to the cabin crew. I travel by air at the most only twice a year and hence I don't have to come across the cabin crew's holier than thou attitude. My pet a.k.a my little sister will be leaving back after her small vacation so I guess I am bound to run into a few of them at the airport. I really can't comprehend why they are held in high esteem by the ignoble populace; after all they are just glorified waiters and waitresses and nothing more.


  • They could have (and should have) lost their jobs for being rude to a passenger... Why didn't he complain?

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 4/16/2005 02:48:00 PM  

  • hello Irina, well I guess he just wanted to land down as soon as possible and see his grandchildren... Senior Citizens are either very very cranky or too naive, this gentleman was very naive, when I was being rude at the 'waitress' he was telling me to forget it, wonder where he might be now.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/16/2005 02:51:00 PM  

  • Either way, you did the right thing! It was pretty funny! ... Customer is always right!

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 4/16/2005 05:12:00 PM  

  • customer is king baby!! and to top it all I think of myself as a monarch hahaha

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/16/2005 09:21:00 PM  

  • I hate air travel and the trapping of the industry. Irina sent me over.

    By Blogger Gothamimage, at 4/16/2005 10:41:00 PM  

  • yah..some of these airhostesses are very arrogant and snobbish..with lots of 'airs'..most of them never make eye contact with u..and the others ...well!
    I guess they don't make 'em like any Neerja Bhanot anymore.
    You did the right thing..u could have even lodged a formal complaint and make an example out of her.

    By Blogger Sangeeta, at 4/16/2005 11:09:00 PM  

  • but the sad part is that people hold them in high regard.. what is the difference between an air hostess and the waitress at your neighbourhood Mcdonalds ??? ...

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/17/2005 10:51:00 AM  

  • One gets motion sickness and the other doesn't. : )

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 4/17/2005 03:41:00 PM  

  • I remember somebody I knew telling me that air hostesses look scary with their make-up & all that.Me doesn't have an opinion on this one yet.

    By Blogger wookie, at 4/18/2005 08:44:00 AM  

  • they look scarier without the makeup ;-)

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/18/2005 09:30:00 AM  

  • I hate bad service as much as anybody, but I always make it a point never to screw around with the people who deal with 1. my food and 2. my safety.

    Stewardesses (or as I say, "flying waitresses) do both. You guys have some cajones!

    By Anonymous C.B., at 4/18/2005 10:25:00 AM  

  • haha... you are right about the food part but then again hey inside the plan everything is sealed air tight and served.. so am not that worried.. but in a restaurant I am not mean until I have finished ;-)

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/18/2005 10:46:00 AM  

  • Hi
    I really appreciate the encouraging comments you leave at my blog from time to time. Thank You for taking the time out to make those comments.

    By Blogger Phoenix, at 4/19/2005 12:19:00 PM  

  • Hi
    I really appreciate the encouraging comments you leave at my blog from time to time. Thank You for taking the time out to make those comments.

    By Blogger Phoenix, at 4/19/2005 12:19:00 PM  

  • Hello Jinu, this is Lorraine from Singapore. I know what you mean by flight attendents being arrogant. Honestly, I've always been puzzled by their behaviour. Is it so great to be an air stewardess? Why do they act like they're super models?

    Requirements for an air stewardess:
    1) able to speak some language
    2) carry a drink without spilling

    "Brain" is not even included. I doubt looks are because I see so many freaking ugly air stewardesses. You know why they put on such thick make up now?

    I'm glad you showed the air stewardess her position: That she is just a mere waitress and yet, she sucked at her job.

    By Blogger Lorr, at 4/19/2005 08:21:00 PM  

  • Chanced upon your blog recently. You really need to "fix" your language. It is a howl to read your posts. Suggest you look up the meaning of the following words:

    1. Statesman
    2. Pacify (By the way, why were you pacifying him? Was he getting violent?)
    3. Reprimand (From the actions that follow this word, I hardly think this word is used in the right context)
    4. waitress
    5. open view (??)
    6. laughters???? So, you had a lot of laughters from lots of persons :-)
    7. quarters (Wow, so *everyone* could see you, huh? From the cockpit as well?)
    8. aversion
    9. at the most and only are synonymous. Use one at the most, please Or use one only, please.
    10. ignoble
    11. populace

    No, I am not an airhostess nor an English professor. The beauty of language always lies in its simplicity and its power to convey and communicate. Not in using "pompous", "arrogant", "bombastic" words that obfuscate. By the way, try doing this on an airline that is travelling towards Europe or America. I would be most interested in hearing the results of your "arrogant" behaviour :-).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2005 11:22:00 PM  

  • Hello Lorraine, well I guess there is still hope for the future... if more ppl stand up and tell them to shut up, there still is hope.....

    Anon, anon, anon.. muahahahahahah (evil laugh)... (You asked for it)...... before I begin, the English Professor in me takes out a red pen and strikes out howl from your post...

    now let us move forward,

    1. Statesman.. he was employed with the central govt, in the local municipality.

    2.Pacify as in appease... as mentioned earlier, it was his first time on an airline and he a little restless.

    3. Reprimand as in 'take one to task', 'to scold' ....

    4. waitress - you are a brit aren't you?

    5. Open view - a statement implying that the events unfolded in the public eye, or that it was visible by all bystanders.

    6. Laughters... ahhh, one point for you missy, congratulations.. where is my treat???.... you are right on this one, a mere typo.... corrected with immediate effect.

    7. Quarters - dont underestimate the power of the orying eyes ;-)

    8. Aversion - as in something one doesn't like ??

    9. The placement of only in a sentence has been a source of studious commentary since the 18th century, most of it intended to prove by force of argument that prevailing standard usage is wrong. After 200 years of preachment the following observations may be made: the position of only in standard spoken English is not fixed, since ambiguity is avoided through sentence stress; in casual prose that keeps close to the rhythms of speech only is often placed where it would be in speech; and in edited and more formal prose only tends to be placed immediately before the word or words it modifies.

    I used 'only' as in 'except for' and 'at the most' as in 'a very few times' .... however I do concede that the usage may not be a cent per cent correct.. so this one is a draw.

    10. Ignoble - stupid, idiotic, nitwits

    11. populace - no, I didn't mean to say 'population' I meant to say 'the commom man'.. 'the ordinary folks'

    I don't know if you are an airhostess or not but I can confirm that you are not an English Professor.

    You are absolutely right about the fact that the beauty of the language lies in in simplicity and brevity but then again, if I went by that rule, a two worded expletive would have sufficed as a reply to your post; I didn't do that because I believe in engaging in intellectual conversations irrespective of simplicity and brevity.

    What difference would it have made if the airline were flying to the Europe or Americas???.... I realllllllllly don't get you... I am the customer, its my right to be irate... if someone were to stand up to me when I am irate, I can guarentee you that person would have lost her job for the solution of handling irate customers is not by being irate yourself.... I have a feeling that you too are from the service industry.

    And how dare you call a person, the title of whose blog says, 'Unadulterated Arrogance', arrogant. You hurt my feelings, now I am going to go under my blanket and cry. ;-)

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/20/2005 12:28:00 AM  

  • Must say my assessment of you was absolutely correct. I will not waste time in argument. Try showing this piece to someone who writes professionally.

    No, I am not a brit, mate, and neither am I from the service industry. As for "intellectual" (Golly! We can spell it, can't we?) conversations, I think I prefer my money plant.

    Thanks, have a great life and wishing you loads of "intellectual conversations" in life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 12:47:00 AM  

  • Thank you, I appreciate your gesture ;-)

    just kidding, don't take it to heart, I have this habit of using a scud missile to take out a mosquito... sorry for being a bit harsh...I am not that mean and arrogant you know.. anyways good luck and god bless.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/20/2005 12:54:00 AM  

  • Am finally here after a LONG time. Honestly, the last 3 comments were more interesting than everything else ... *wink*

    By Blogger Loveena, at 4/20/2005 08:52:00 PM  

  • I tend to think that airplane passengers are the nastiest people of them all and can understand the defensiveness or the momentary rudeness by airplane employees most of the time. When it is blatantly unwarranted, I just shirk my shoulders and repeat to myself the fact that I am so happy I don't have their job. I try not to waste too much mental energy on it... the endless skies are far to amazing a vision.

    By Blogger Misc Debris, at 4/22/2005 11:01:00 AM  

  • No, I am not a brit, mate

    That was obvious to me, given that nearly every single point you picked him(?) up on was pointless, which suggested you don't have any grip of British English yourself.

    To accuse him of pomposity and lack of simplicity and then use a word such as "obfuscate" (unless you were being ironic, which I doubt) is somewhat pot/kettle/black.

    As someone who *is* a professional writer, I would say injinuity writes extremely well. And a certain amount of grandiloquence is entirely in keeping with a blog themed "unadulterated arrogance".

    By Blogger secretdubai, at 4/24/2005 12:57:00 PM  

  • S.D, thank you for the nice compliments... btw in you opinion what is the real secret of dubai?

    By Blogger injinuity, at 4/24/2005 01:46:00 PM  

  • Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    I would like to direct your comments about flight attendants if you will allow such.

    I was a flight attendant for a major commercial airline based out of NJ for 8 years. I know you and your type/attitude all too well. I respect your decision to create and maintain such loathing for flight attendants. We all have made such decisions based on a bad experience at one time or another.

    I would, however, like to ask where you pull your "knowledge" of such people in the industry from. Is this something you researched? Did you poll flight attendants world wide to find what degrees they hold, or do not.

    In my 8 years, as a "waitress in the sky", I kept two men alive as they suffered heart attacks until we could land and have them rushed off to hospitals. I helped evacuate 300 people from a smoke filled cabin in less than 30 seconds, safely. I have taken punches from men as I try to restrain your fellow passenger as they create threat to your safety. My back, now entirely screwed, from being levitated to the cabin ceiling and landing in the isle only to have the cart with which i "fetch" things for you to land on top of me. All to answer your call. I flew on 9/11 and calmed your worries as we held in air not knowing or understanding what has possibly happened. And reassured you as we learned the truth.

    I ask you again, where..did you gather your facts?

    -One pissed off "waitress in the sky"

    By Anonymous ocB, at 5/16/2005 03:26:00 PM  

  • totally out of context but I cant help humming, "OCB you know me!"... there was a song, somewhat similar to this by naughty by nature but I cant recall the exact wording.. maybe it was OCC...hmmm...

    Well back to topic, OCB my assumptions are not based on a worldwide polling (I doubt if most airhostesses would be competent to partake in a poll hahaha ), my assumptions are based on my interactions with most flying waitresses.

    I also know personally quite a few of them who right after school joined some IATA course and jumped onboard rather than completing their college degree and then pursuing a career in the aviation industry.

    Its wrong to generalize people based on a few bad experience with a few of the bad apples but alas thats just human nature (and being with these mortals, their tendancies have begun to influence even the likes of me)

    I applaud your achievements in the air, kudos to you.

    With your experience in the sky can you honestly tell me that many if not most don't have a holier than thou attitude...

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/16/2005 11:50:00 PM  

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