USA Today had an interesting article on Wednesday about whether you should tip a flight attendant. What shocked me was this figure:
Savvy travelers know to tip the taxi driver, the airport skycap, the hotel bellman and the restaurant’s waiter. But what about the flight attendant?
A surprising 27% of some 900 respondents to a poll posted by Airfarewatchdog, said they give gratuities, 20% as thanks for a job well-done and 7% as a reward for being made more comfortable.
27% of respondents say they give gratuities to flight attendants?! Now, merits of tipping flight attendants aside (and as much as my wallet wants to deny it, I do see some merit to it), I’ve never seen anyone attempt to tip a flight attendant. Ever. I know many flight attendants that say they’ve been tipped once or twice on flights to/from Vegas, but the 27% figure seems totally off.
Have you ever tipped a flight attendant, or seen anyone else try to tip a flight attendant?