Should You Tip The Flight Attendant? Black Travelers Share Their Opinions
By Sharelle Burt
The art of tipping has always been the standard for certain industries. Your waiter or waitress, bartender, or pizza delivery driver are the people used to receiving tips on the regular.
Well, not anymore.
We recently reported on Frontier Airlines’ decision to ask their passengers to tip their flight attendants. It’s completely up to the traveler, but when its time to pay for the drinks, a new screen asking if you’d like to add gratuity pops up on the flight attendant’s tablet. But is it really necessary? TN hopped on Twitter to ask some avid travelers their opinion and as you can imagine, the responses varied.
Do you think we should start tipping flight attendants? pic.twitter.com/S9zpn5SJUY
— Travel Noire (@TravelNoire) January 8, 2019
Some travelers were just born with the giving spirit, as the thought of tipping their flight attendant wasn’t new to them. One follower said they tip often. It’s a smart way to get on your flight attendant’s good side.
I usually do if it’s a packed flight. Slip a dub even a 10pc and you VIP
— D’elroy du Soleil 🌞 (@comte_delroy) January 8, 2019
Frontier does not require passengers to tip the attendants, again, it is completely at their discretion. That’s all one of our followers needed to hear because if it were required, some travelers believe passengers would probably slow down on ordering drinks.
Tipping should be allowed, but it shouldn't be required. https://t.co/jURG6KjPDH
— Kasey (@bastylefilegirl) January 8, 2019
As for other travelers, tipping is going to be a no for them. With airline fees changing daily, some travelers think that the idea is pretty bold. Passengers already have to pay for luggage, seats and other things. Why would one tip the flight attendant who already has a job?
Hell no, especially if I have to pay $50 a bag to travel, which is ridiculous in itself
— Felonius Monk (@bigbucky24) January 8, 2019
No. Flights high enough and airlines ain’t giving nothing that looks like extra service or niceties https://t.co/YhhAhVydiA
— 💎L’Elitist 💎 (@HighHeelEsquire) January 8, 2019
Not every flight attendant deserves a tip. Some are extremely unfriendly and can make your traveling experience unbearable. Some of TN’s readers took it personally with their responses. Other followers don’t think it is the passengers’ responsibility, calling on the airline to pay them more.
Hell no. Most flight attendants are rude af they skip me with the peanuts while I’m asleep. 😡
— BLOGGER. (@DivaNamedDom) January 8, 2019
No, their companies need to pay them more https://t.co/LcQa3PFTi7
— Hobo Spider-man 🇵🇸 (@fkaLuna_) January 8, 2019
If tipping them with money is the problem, there are other alternatives. Maybe bringing them a snack or a pen is more your speed. This traveler had some different suggestions.
Money no. But coming on board with individually wrapped food items (like candy) or small gifts (nice pens) that they can share (so bring enough) is thoughtful.
I think back in the day though, (70-80s) it was appropriate to tip in currency. https://t.co/s4fdWk1h3Z
— Brittany (@uneek1908) January 8, 2019
So it looks like it is a toss-up. The choice is yours.