One U.S. Airline Is Asking Passengers To Tip Flight Attendants – Here’s What You Sould Know
You’re probably used to tipping people like servers or taxi drivers, but have you ever been asked to tip a flight attendant?
Frontier Airlines has recently begun asking passengers to tip flight attendants during beverage service on board. The system involves entering a gratuity amount on a screen when you pay for a drink or snack using your credit or debit card.
Flight attendants and airline staff are normally instructed to refuse any type of tip from passengers. As flight attendants are actually trained safety personnel, not just waiters in the sky, this makes sense.
Unsurprisingly, Frontier’s policy change has many people scratching their heads. Many flight attendants have been refusing to accept tips on the basis that they are salaried employees that should be paid by the airline, not the passengers.
As reported by The Points Guy, a representative for the Association of Flight Attendants responded to the new policy by stating: “Frontier Airlines needs to step up and pay aviation’s first responders a wage that recognizes their critical safety role on board.”
If you don’t want to give your flight attendants a monetary tip but still want to recognize their efforts, a heartfelt thank you or a box of (non-edible) goodies is an acceptable way to do that.