Michiana couple worries about safety as pilot and flight attendant flirt


It was a 40 minute mid-air chat between a pilot and flight attendant that made a St. Joe couple question their safety as well as the professionalism of the Spirit Airlines' staff.

Marc and Dana Gardiner have taken dozens of flights before, but their return flight from a spring break in Orlando with their kids left them feeling vulnerable.

“The stewardess, as well as the pilot, were in a verbal exchange where he was actually. He had his hand on her arm and I just kind of walked by thinking, I don’t touch my co-workers like that,” says Dana.

But it was mid-flight that really brought on some concern.

“I got up to go to the bathroom and I noticed there was a cart, a food beverage cart in the way of the aisle, blocking the aisle, the exit and the bathroom. I felt more unsafe with that the exit doors were blocked,” says Marc.

According to Spirit Airlines, this is their protocol when a pilot has to use the bathroom mid-flight:

"Blocking the forward galley and lavatory area when the cockpit door is open, and ensuring that an alternate person is in the cockpit, are among these standard safety and security industry procedures.”

But Marc and Dana say that is not exactly what happened.

“The idea of having the cart in the way and a stewardess blocking it is to act as a gate keeper while one guy is going to the bathroom, but he wasn’t going to the bathroom they were flirting so what are they gate keeping? Nothing. They are just making the whole plane vulnerable,” Marc adds.

And after about 40 minutes, one man finally said something.

“She said that she didn’t want to get involved and that they stuck up for each other. Stewardesses stuck together,” says Marc.

The man waited to talk to the flirty flight attendant, but that didn't seem to help either.

“She actually took her badge when the guy asked her and kind of pushed it in his face and was leaning way forward and said this is my name and then went on talking about contacting Spirit to make sure I did the right thing,” they continue.

But if we want to talk about policy, FAA regulations say no flight crewmember should be distracted by anything but their duties.

But in this case, it seems they were.


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