I don’t fly Continental very often, but twice this year I was asked if I worked for the airline after boarding.
The first time was on CO Express. I asked for a margarita. The FA asked me if I worked for CO. I (honestly) said no mostly because I was afraid they had some policy about alcohol. She replied “oh, you look like a flight attendant. I would have given it to you for free if you said yes.”
Then yesterday I was seated in the exit row and thought it was interesting that I hadn’t been briefed yet (my side only had me, the other side only had FAs in uniform). The FA working the flight passed by and asked “Are you a flight attendant?” I said “no.” He said “Oh, have you been briefed about the exit row?” and then he proceeded to do the briefing. I know my exit row responsibilities and don’t need the spiel, but I also don’t want to be the reason for someone to get reprimanded for not briefing me.
I’m not sure why they think I work for them. Both times I was wearing a wrinkly blue shirt which isn’t the right color and I’d be in trouble for the wrinkles if I did work for them. I also wear Dansko clogs, but I started that because everyone working in hospitals wears Danskos. They aren’t very common among flight crew, but I’ve seen a few over the years.
I also see many business men wearing blue button-up shirts and black pants. Surely I’m not the only lady who travels in such attire.
…Maybe next time I’ll pretend and see what happens.