I really hesitate to report on this survey that identified the airlines with the rudest flight attendants. I say that because I think that it’s a very tough job that requires extraordinary patience and diplomatic skills, all for not a very big paycheck.
I’ve seen my share of surly and self-entitled passengers. But there is no doubt that there are flight attendants who might be better suited for work as, well, prison guards, maybe. Not many, but . . . you know.
The website AirFareWatchDog.com surveyed almost 4,300 passengers to ask them which airline they thought had the least accommodating flight attendants. The dubious honor of being the winner was discount carrier Spirit that garnered 26% of the votes. I was surprised by the runner up: Air Canada with 14% of the votes. Frontier wasn’t far behind with 11% and—another surprise to me—Virgin Atlantic with 9%
The best of show—each with only three percent or less of votes—were AirTran, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest. Despite its rapid growth, Southwest has managed to maintain an esprit de corps that’s the envy of the airline industry.