In response to this instagram post from Qantas, one poster placed their response up:
My view is that, no one likes being grabbed by their customer. It does not matter if they are a Doctor, a Teacher, a Police Officer, Garbage Collector or Flight Attendant.
The Flight Attendants I have met usually have very high tolerance and patience welcoming a range of people. They deserve our respect. Business Insider identified one year ago that there are 25 things they wish passengers would stop doing. (That is a big list!). One of them was being touched to get their attention:
According to a recent survey by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), nearly 70 per cent of flight attendants in the US have experienced sexual harassment in their careers. In the past year, 18 per cent of the flight attendants surveyed said passengers have “touched, felt, pulled, grabbed, groped, slapped, rubbed, and fondled” them. What might appear to be an innocent touch to you strikes at the heart of the hassles many of our flight attendants face- on a daily basis.
And we as passengers, can stop it.
I won’t even press the call button for an attendant, preferring to go and see them if I need something. On some Asian carriers, this is usually greeted with surprise as the call buttons often sound like a symphony on some sectors! But it is always appreciated.
Not wanting to be touched, grabbed, poked by your passengers and fellow crew does not mean they are in the wrong job. It just means that they are seeking to be treated as a fellow human being. Not respecting that means you are the wrong sort of passenger.