What flight attendants' secret hand signals actually mean
Check out the gestures members of the cabin crew use to communicate on flights.
Airline crew members sometimes use secret signals to communicate with each other on flights, and a new video from EasyJet shows how entertaining those signals can be.
The airline recently put out a staff training video showcasing the signs used to communicate everything from what a passenger ordered to when there’s a celebrity on the plane whose name they can’t recall.
"EasyJet serves over 6 million customers per month; we need our in-flight service to be quick and efficient to deliver excellent customer service," a crew member explains in the video. "To do this, we have developed some secret hand signals to enable the crew to communicate with each other during the in-flight service, minimizing the unnecessary chatter."
If a flight attendant starts flapping their arms like a chicken, that means they’re signaling your order of a chicken Caesar salad.
Meanwhile, a crew member pointing to the back with their thumb and pretending to pop open a bottle means there’s been a proposal on the plane and champagne is in order.
Take a look at the graphic to see the full breakdown of the signals:
The airline released the video after TV presenter Jamie East tweeted a video of a crew member using one of the signals on the flight.
“@easyjet excuse me but please explain what ON EARTH is going on here?!” East wrote in the tweet.
The next time you see a crew member flapping their arms or pulling a strange sign, you'll be in on the secret.