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Wed, 19 Jul, 2017Ben Squires

Why flight attendants hate it when you order Diet Coke

Why flight attendants hate it when you order Diet Coke

Whether you’re dealing with an irate passenger or trying to manoeuvre around debris in the cabin, life isn’t easy for the humble flight attendant. But there’s one thing that really makes a cabin crew member's blood boil – when you order Diet Coke.

An anonymous flight attendant writing for the blog These Gold Wings, revealed a Diet Coke is one of the most dreaded customer demands, because it takes so long to pour.

Diet Coke becomes especially fizzy due to the lower air pressure in the cabin which makes it easier for the CO2 to release, and the flight attendant believes in the time it takes to pour a single Diet Coke, they could serve three other passengers.

”As you may know, the aircraft cabin is not pressurised to sea level, but rather to the equivalent of about seven or eight thousand feet,” the flight attendant wrote.

“This means some passengers might feel a little light headed or that alcohol affects them almost twice as much as it would on the ground.

“It also means soft drinks foam up a lot more when poured out of a can, and the worst culprit for this is Diet Coke — I literally have to sit and wait for the bubbles to fall before I can continue pouring.

“If all three passengers ask for Diet Coke I’ll often get them started, take another three drink orders, serve those, and then finish the Diet Cokes.”

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