Flight attendants talk about passengers using code words like ‘Bob’ and ‘gash’

Flight attendants and plane crews fascinate many of us – they’re glamorous, travel the world and keep us safe.

But, did you know that the cabin staff have code words to communicate without passengers clocking what they’re discussing?

A number of air hosts and hostesses have spoken up to reveal the lingo and signals they use while serving customers on planes.

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Some of them are used to do their jobs efficiently while others are simply slang words.

But, some of the phrases mean they’re talking about you…

Bob and Cheerio

If you hear flight staff referring to you by the name, you should be flattered for good reason.

Looking for Bob is actually a hunt for the best looking passenger on the plane.

Speaking on The Morning Radio Show, an unnamed cabin crew member who called the show explained: “We have a little game called ‘find the Bob’ and basically Bob stands for best on board.

"So, you just find the best looking person on the plane and you call them Bob the whole day.

“And, then if you can’t find a Bob sometimes passengers get on and they’re sleepy and they put their heads down and they fall asleep and you can’t really see their faces.

"Then as they get off instead of calling them Bob you’d be like, ‘Cheerio.' And that would indicate to your other crew members that you fancy them.”


Former flight attendant, Mandy Smith, admited there is a rather unpleasant code word for cabin crew letting a fart out while walking down the aisles.

In her book, Cockpit Fever, the Express.co.uk reports that Mandy revealed bloating is a side effect of flying.

She wrote how a cabin crew member told her when she first started: "Flying as many hours as we do makes your stomach swell up like a balloon.

"You’ll be a walking cesspit, farting like a trooper. It’s called crop dusting."

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Three chimes

Flight attendant Tommy Cimato explained what the different pinging noises you hear during a flight mean.

Tommy captioned the clip: “Have you ever heard this sound on a plane before?”

A loud double ding sounded overhead – a noise we’ve all heard on planes before – and Tommy explained the reason behind it.

The content creator said: “Have you ever wondered what that means?

“A high/low chime like that means that one flight attendant is truing to call another flight attendant or the flight deck is trying to call us.”

But, a variation of the tonal pings meant something very different.

Tommy said: “If you hear three of those [high/low chimes] then that means it’s an emergency, but you never will have to hear that…”


Over at the Sun, a flight attendant admitted that this word doesn’t mean something rude.

It’s simply a combination of garbage and trash – and so “gash” means rubbish and the “gash cart” is the bins.

Dairy Fairy

The same worker claimed that the person who brings out extra milk and sugar after the tea and coffee service is nicknamed the “dairy fairy”.

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Air Pocket

In some circumstances, the workers onboard have to deal with flight turbulence which they simply can't control.

However, some passengers who are afraid to fly might find it difficult to deal with a journey when it's a bit rocky.

And that's when the flight attendants use a special word to communicate with each other to not alert the people onboard.

In this case, cabin crew staff might use "Air Pocket" to warn each other that a disturbance could be expected.

The term refers to turbulence but may help reassure those who find flying scary or an anxious experience.


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