Originally Posted by JayJay
Observant flight attendants and gate agents are a godsend. It pays to be nice to them. A few weeks ago on a flight from the west coast as I was about to board the gate agent reassigned me to different seat. I didn't understand why at first, and the agent simply stated that I'd thank him later. When I saw the extra huge guy I would have been sitting next to, I sincerely was grateful to the agent. It would have been a miserable 4 hour flight sitting next to that guy.
Best flight attendant experience I had was a couple weeks ago. I was in the first row and I missed my first boarding chance, leaving me with no overhead space for my carry-on in the first couple rows. I had to venture back at least 10 rows to find space. This scenario is probably one of the more annoying ones you have to deal with when flying cause you then have to wait for all the people behind you to clear out before you can even get to your bag and de-board -- a huge annoyance because people are slow, inefficient, and take their sweet-ass time.
Anyway, the attendant saw that I didn't have any overhead space nearby and would have to go back to find space. Lo and behold, he stopped the rest of the passengers from getting on so there wouldn't be a backlog of on-boarding passengers I'd have to maneuver through to get back to my seat. And not only that, but 10 minutes into boarding, he asks me if I'd like to move my carry-on to the bin on top of my row and I'm like lolwut? Apparently he cleared out space above, remembered which carry-on bag was mine, went and retrieved it, and stored it above me.