Slam-clicker? Deadhead? Why won’t my flight attendant say it’s OK to use the bathroom?
The terms and phrases flight attendants use with each other or in response to passengers can be quite confusing at first. Here’s a breakdown of six common ones to get you in the know for your next flight:
1. “I have to work, but it’s only a deadhead.”
Deadheading refers to the situation in which a crewmember boards the plane and sits as a regular passenger for the flight but is still technically on duty and needs to be prepared to work said flight if need be. Translation: we get paid to chill or sleep! This happens when the airline needs to move a crew to another city to work the rest of their trip or finish it by returning to their base. Crewmembers can deadhead on their own airline or on other carriers.