It all started with the fact that a certain passenger of the British airline EasyJet posted a video on Twitter where flight attendants communicate with each other with the help of strange and rather funny gestures. One depicts a chicken and flaps its wings, and the second seems to understand it perfectly. Soon, the web received a response from the public relations service EasyJet - and much fell into place!
EasyJet were responding to TV presenter Jamie East, who recorded two flight attendants deep in conversation — without actually saying anything. "EasyJet excuse me but please explain what ON EARTH is going on here" he pleaded with the airline.
The airline posted the video to their YouTube channel revealing what it says are the real signals they use for almost everything, including all the food items on the menu.
Well, EasyJet decided to answer his query, with what it claims is a training video for new staff. The airline posted the video to their YouTube channel revealing what it says are the real signals they use for almost everything, including all the food items on the menu.
Here are some examples of secret signals. They clearly made in a joking manner, but every joke has some truth.
Anyone for Chicken?
As the video shows, if a passenger is looking for a meat-based meal, this usually involves impersonating the relevant animal — pushing your knows up like a pig for bacon, and flapping your arms around like a chicken for…well, chicken.
A simple twisting motion
It’s a stag party…get it?
If there’s a stag party on, that also involves animal-themed signals; staff will put their hands on their head like a stag’s horns
Motor! Camera! I forgot the name of the actor
If a baby’s bottle needs warming, staff mimic holding a baby; if someone’s stuck in the bog, they’ll mimic being stuck behind a door; and if there’s an actor on board, they go for clichéd-yet-effective ‘rolling camera’ gesture.
Just the letter "T"
It keeps unnecessary crew noise to a minimum and provides passengers with a relaxing and enjoyable flight.
Until they actually see this carry-on, at which point they presumably burst out laughing.