A flight attendant has revealed three tips for making an economy flight more comfortable but one of the hacks has left first class passengers furious.
A flight attendant’s recent TikTok video revealed three tips for making an economy flight more comfortable but one of the hacks has left first class passengers furious.
Titled “Change the way you travel,” the video, created by a user called @katkamalani, explained three ways to improve your experience when flying economy.
The first suggested female passengers check a “secret compartment” in the toilet, which can sometimes hold menstrual products.
The second, however, proved far more controversial.
“Everyone thinks you can’t use the first-class bathroom but you totally can,” she said.
“As long as you’re not standing in the galley you’re free to use their lavatory.”
Posted yesterday, the video has amassed more than 17,000 views and users commented in support of the cheeky bathroom tip.
“I’m always using the first class bathroom,” one user wrote.
“I totally thought we couldn’t use the first-class bathroom,” another added.
Kamalani’s third piece of advice was to never accept an airline’s first offer when they attempt to buy you off an oversold flight. Instead, she said, always negotiate additional money or perks.
The question of bathroom us is an old one and has become more than a little heated online in the past.
In 2019, one disgruntled Australian business class passenger took to a community thread (under the username Gjspectre), to complain of the ‘increasing number’ of economy passengers using the business class toilet.
“On my last flight to Adelaide a clearly drunk passenger did this three times, with absolutely no resistance from the crew,” he wrote.
“I’m not particularly fussed [but] perhaps their announcement at the start isn’t enough? I’ve commented before that Virgin Australia with their white rope deters this effectively.”
Users seemed to agree with Gjspectre, with one fellow user writing: “Get them back where they paid for I say. Qantas doesn’t have single class service aircraft. They charge extra for convenience and people pay for it with points and/or money.”
Another said it was something staff could “easily address” by telling instructing economy passengers to go down the back.
Over on a Quora thread, people had a similar perspective; keeping the divide was only fair, especially if first-class bathrooms had additional luxuries like showers and toiletry products.
According to Fobes, the line may not be so black and white. In 2019, they reported that, for domestic flights, “first class bathrooms are for all passengers (mostly).”
Representatives at American Airlines, JetBlue and United told Forbes there were no lavatory class restrictions on US domestic flights.
Alaska Airlines and Delta were reportedly stricter and said guests should use the lavatory in the cabin they were seated in unless the crew instructed otherwise.