this question popped up in my head as i was reminiscing of one of my flights last year, and i would like to know your opinion. but first some background info/story:
as most of you probably know by now, im in the reserves of the united states marine corps. part of my contractual obligations include serving for a couple weeks consecutively at a time each year. its referred to as annual training. so last year, 2016, back in the summer we had gone to annual training in 29 palms, california. when it was time for us to head home, we flew out of kont back to kdtw. my unit flew on a delta airlines 767. i was excited because they serve starbucks coffee and i was definitely wanting some good coffee during the flight. so im at the back of the aircraft, about 1 or 2 rows ahead of the rear galley and i have the aisle seat. my first cup of coffee came when they served the complimentary refreshments. each time i wanted a refill, i pressed the button to call an attendant and i politely asked for a refill. so i did this about 4 or 5 times, i cant remember the exact count, which ended up to about 5-6 total cups of coffee for the flight.
the last time i did it, we were just entering the last half hour of the flight. the flight attendant filled my cup and then afterwards, came back up to me and said exactly this:
you know, im just going to go ahead and say it. you have been very rude. you have called us 4-5 times to refill your coffee and we are right there. you could’ve come back there to us and said hello or something.
i literally stared at her in disbelief! i was very polite to them the entire flight yet i was accused being rude! but in that moment, it got me thinking:
is it frowned upon when you present yourself upon the galley and ask the attendants for refills? is it considered rude when you call the flight attendants like i had done? what do you guys think is the best course of action to take for future situations?
i think we can all learn something from this.