Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Airlines have decided that their Flight Attendants can actually do several jobs.

Police officer and occasional customer service agent are just two.

There's a third, though, that rankles with some members of cabin crew.

It's credit card salesperson.

Many airlines force their Flight Attendants to make alluring announcements during a flight and then talk tired, bored passengers into signing up for a fine airline-branded card.

The Flight Attendants are thrown a little commission -- sometimes as much as $100 -- for their patter. 

Why, some American Airlines Flight Attendants are so enthusiastic about being credit card salespeople that one or two passengers accuse them of offering false information in the process

Recently, United Airlines cabin crew were told that this practice, which used to be voluntary, is now compulsory

Not all cabin crew members are so compliant. 

As View From The Wing's Gary Leff reported on the basis of a chat with TravelZork, Russia's S7 Airlines -- or to give it its official name, PJSC Siberia Airlines -- tried to get its fine Flight Attendants to be credit card pushers.

After a short time, they got a swift and very Siberian nyet

In any case, those S7 Flight Attendants who at least gave the sales thing a go didn't seem to be very good.

Ads in the inflight magazine were apparently 5 times more effective. 

This doesn't seem to be the case in the U.S., as I'm not sure a single human being has read an inflight magazine since 1994. 

Of course, it could be that the S7 Flight Attendants' credit card efforts were also ineffective because passengers disliked, nay, loathed, nay, despised their flights being interrupted by annoying credit card announcements.

It could be, couldn't it?

Published on: Sep 15, 2018
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