The next time you’re on a plane and you hear the crew refer to you as HOB, take it as a compliment.
But if they call you a VIP, it may not mean that they consider you a “very important person.”
This is revealed by Jay Robert, who has worked as a senior cabin crew for Emirates and runs the popular Fly Guy cabin crew lounge network.
He spoke to MailOnline Travel about some of the secret keywords flight attendants use for passengers they find attractive, irritating and more.
Jay said: “When you’re confined on a plane for long hours, boredom sets in, leading many crew members to tune into what we call CCFM, or cabin crew radio, to catch the latest gossip from the airliners. hallways.
Former flight attendant Jay Robert spoke to MailOnline Travel about some of the secret keywords flight attendants use for passengers they find attractive, irritating and more.
“In these intriguing whispers from the jump seats, passengers can learn about the fun codes that flight attendants use to discreetly describe their passengers as BOB (Best On Board) or PITA (Pain In The Backside).”
Jay’s list comes in part from reaching out to his Crew Lounge followers to discover the exclusive codes for their crew communities.
He said: ‘Highlights include ABP – Trained Passenger or Person. An official code for a passenger (non-crew member) who is mentally selected by the crew during each flight to assist in the event of an emergency.
‘This code is unofficially used by the crew to describe a passenger they are attracted to and consider to be fit and healthy.
‘BOB can also mean Babe On Board, another flirty abbreviation that some hostesses use to find out who they secretly like.
“SVML means suddenly vegetarian meal, a passenger who did not order a special meal and is probably not a vegetarian and does not like the meal option offered to him, so he suddenly becomes a vegetarian to get something else to eat.”
Jay revealed that the crew will use POS to describe a size passenger, someone who requires an extendable seat belt. And the term “siren” is used to refer to “a passenger who leans back on empty seats to prevent others from sitting in his row.”
Jay Robert, who has worked as a senior cabin crew for Emirates and runs the popular Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge network.
And what about the aforementioned HOB and VIP?
They mean Hotty On Board and the latter can mean Very Irritating Person.
Jay explained that cabin crew also use serious acronyms called Special Service Request (SSR) codes.
When you’re confined on an airplane for long hours, boredom sets in, leading many crew members to tune into what we call CCFM, or cabin crew radio, to catch up on the latest gossip in the aisles.
Jay Robert, former Emirates flight attendant
He said: ‘Specific SSR codes serve as a discreet way for airline staff to handle sensitive situations involving passenger privacy.
“For example, when someone is being deported, ground staff can use the DEPA or DEPU codes to discreetly communicate this information to the crew during boarding, avoiding the need to overtly say, “This passenger is being deported.”
A related code is INAD, which refers to a person who has been denied entry to a country.
Jay continued: ‘Other common SSR codes you may hear on a plane are UM (a child traveling alone), MEDA (a medical case), DPAX (disruptive passenger), DND (Do Not Disturb), EBL (Eat Before Landing) . and CIP – to indicate that a person is of commercial importance to the airline.’
And if someone refers to you as SFU, be prepared to let the less tight times slip by, because that, Jay revealed, means Suitable for an Upgrade.