They’re not only letting you aboard; they’re profiling you.
As flight attendants welcome travelers on their way to their seats, they are really determining who is best suited to assist in the event of an incident, according to a flight attendant.
“Have you ever gotten on a plane and seen the flight attendants greeting you right here? Or the flight attendants strolling down the aisle? Kat Kamalani, a TikTok customer and flight attendant, said in a now-viral video on the website, “I’m about to tell you what we’re really doing.” It has received over 2.4 million views since it was uploaded earlier this week.
“So, when you see our happy, smiling face on the plane, know that we’re actually looking you up and down, trying to find our A.B.P.s.”
A.B.P. stands for Able Body People, as Kamalani states to her 588,000 Twitter fans. They are capable of assisting flight crews in the event of a medical emergency, an accidental landing, or a security violation. She identified military staff, as well as pilots, firefighters, police, physicians, and nurses, as examples of those who are sometimes asked to board planes ahead of other passengers.
However, it isn’t the only thing flight attendants search for as they check-in passengers.
“We’re also looking at something else,” Kamalani continues. Aside from “looking for things that don’t belong on the plane,” such as prohibited liquids, flight attendants are also searching for signs of sex trafficking. “In the industry, it happens a lot,” Kamalani said. “Security of our passengers is our top priority, so we’re just looking for things that don’t look right.”
Kamalani often posts industry secrets and other tidbits from her time as a sky steward on her TikTok account.