The First 15 Things Flight Attendants Notice About You When You Board a Plane

It's no secret that opening an airline credit card or using your points can help you secure a free flight upgrade. But as Business Insider reports, making a good impression on the flight attendants can substantially increase your chances. Armed with this knowledge, a Quora user asked experienced flight attendants what they notice about passengers as they board a plane. While plenty of current and former flight attendants offered their answers, users Shreyas Parikh, who has been a flight attendant on five different major airlines, and Dani Sherlock, a cabin crew instructor and recruiter at Ryanair, offered the most comprehensive (and upvoted) answers. 

Simply put, they attempt to determine whether or not you're an experienced, well-mannered traveler. User Kimberly Sullivan, a flight attendant of 24 years, echoed this sentiment, adding that she always notices dress, body language, and temperament. "We can also detect if they are experienced customers by the way they board the plane," she adds. "If they are holding up the aisle and have tunnel vision, we know they are rookie travelers."