I used to be a flight attendant – here’s what time of day you should fly

If you want to get better service from the crew during a flight, choosing a particular time of day to fly can make this happen.

A former flight attendant has revealed that they treat passengers much better depending on when you choose to travel.

Stella Connolly, who once worked as a flight attendant from New York, explained why the earlier the flight, the better.

She told NBC News: “Early morning flights are the best — they’re almost always on time.

“We want to get home or get to our destinations just as much as you do. We’re happier if the flight takes off on time.”

Earlier flights will mean not only nicer crew, but much cleaner planes which are less likely to be delayed.

She added: “As the day goes by, if one flight is late, it’s a snowball effect and there’s a higher chance flights will be delayed. I recommend flying early.”

Delay times can increase from 6 a.m. onwards. A graph complied by website FiveThirtyEight shows the average flight delay is just eight minutes at 6 a.m., before reaching 21 minutes at 6 p.m.

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Thunderstorms happen more frequently in the afternoon, which cause “bumpy” air and a turbulent journey, a former flight attendant said.
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It isn’t the only reason to fly early — it is also less likely to experience turbulence, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

This is because of thunderstorms happening more frequently in the afternoon, which cause the “bumpy” air and turbulent journey.

Have a connecting flight? Flight crew are even happy to help with that too.

She explained: “If you make us aware of the situation, we can make an announcement before passengers deplane, asking them to let passengers with connecting flights deplane first.

A flight crew serves passengers coffee.
Flight crews will make accommodations to help passengers make it to their connecting flight in time, a former attendant said.
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“We try to work with passengers that are in a hurry, and in need of making their connections.”

Other former flight attendants have revealed the worst things they have seen during a flight.

A flight attendant and passenger exchange smiles.
Flight crews want to avoid delays just as much as their passengers, a former attendant said.
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Flight crew have also revealed the worst kind of passengers on flights — and you may be one of them.

There is one phrase to listen for next time you fly — and if flight crew say it, it means they fancy you.

This story originally appeared on the Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.