We have a picture. We have a contention. Did an American Airlines flight attendant really use a beverage cart to create a barrier between first class and economy class in order to keep coach passengers from using the forward lavatory?
Why Did American Airlines Flight Attendant Block First Class Access With Service Cart?
James Nunziati shared the following picture on X, lamenting:
@americanairlines can’t believe your flight attendant blocks the aisle. I get they don’t want people infirst class, but there must be a better andway. Feels like a safety hazard and makes this flight even more cramp. Thanks for the love. Thats what my EP status gets me. #1883 pic.twitter.com/ucE2sGbc9O
— James Nunziati (@JamesNunziati) January 1, 2024
(EP stands for Executive Platinum, the top-tier elite status in the American AAdvantage program)
When he was criticized for wanting to use the forward lavatory, he replied:
Did not use it nor did I intend too. I respect that element. Just didn’t appreciate being boxed in because they didn’t want to deal with the passengers. Good to know you don’t mind being cramped in a seat and having a large cart on your elbow for [five hours].
I think that’s a reasonable point. I do wonder whether the cart was really there for five hours (he flew Airlines flight 1883 from Los Angeles to Miami). My first thought was that perhaps the flight attendant was serving meals or drinks form a cart, as is done in coach, but that is unlikely. It’s also not like the cart was just temporarily pulled up to allow someone in coach to get out of their row, because it is on the other side of the curtain and there is no flight attendant standing beside it.
It looks a little uncomfortable for the passengers in the last row of first class as well…
Rather than condemn the flight attendants or call them lazy without more info, I will simply say that leaving a heavy cart in the middle of an aisle is not a smart thing to do. Furthermore, American Airlines does not even prohibit economy passengers from using first class lavatories. Thus, while it is nice when passengers use the lavatory in their ticketed cabin, it is not even a requirement on AA…
Without speculating too much about one picture, it really isn’t a good look if flight attendants on American Airlines are blocking the first class cabin with a galley truck (or blocking the rear galley with seat belts). While admirable to want to protect the first class lavatory for first class passengers, this is not the policy American Airlines has chosen.
(image: @JamesNunziati / X // Hat Tip: PYOK)