Flight staff are on hand to help airplane passengers from the very moment they step on board, full of holiday vibes and vacation excitement. After checking tickets and performing mandatory in-flight safety demonstrations they get started on the all-important food service. Once the pilot has turned off the seatbelt safety signs, when the craft has reached a safe altitude, they begin with the trolly dining. Some passengers with dietary requirements have already pre-booked their meals, while others prefer to choose on the spur of the moment, depending on what is on offer.

Yet one thing many passengers choose to take advantage of is drink to quench their thirst on board.

One former cabin crew member has confessed that a particular drinks order irks them more than most.

Ex air hostess Heather Poole confessed to Mental Floss how a seemingly innocuous glass of diet coke was her nemesis.

She confessed: “Of all the drinks we serve, Diet Coke takes the most time to pour—the fizz takes forever to settle at 35,000 feet.

“In the time it takes me to pour a single cup of Diet Coke, I can serve three passengers a different beverage.”

She added: “So even though giving cans to first-class passengers is a big no-no, you’ll occasionally spy 12 ounces of silver trimmed in red sitting up there.”

So if you’re hoping for a sneaky seat upgrade, or an extra in flight meal, it might be best to avoid the fizzy pop.

Meanwhile, the passenger habit cabin crew find the most disgusting has also come to light.

Linda Ferguson, flight attendant, said: “Flight attendants have seen everything from vomit to blood to spilled food hit that carpet.

“We see people walking from their seats into the bathrooms all the time barefoot and we cringe because those floors are full of germs.”

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