Flight attendant Kat Kamalani had amassed millions of views on a video that showed how flight attendants assess you as you enter the plane.
Kamalani (known on TikTok as @katkamalani) revealed in a TikTok video that flight crew welcome you when you walk on a plane to see if you can help in an emergency and for serious red flags.
As per reports, the video had about 2.5 million views and over 500,000 likes.
Flight attendant shares why passengers are greeted while boarding
“So when you walk on the plane and see our happy, smiling face, we’re actually looking you up and down, trying to find our ABPs,” the flight attendant from Salt Lake City remarked in the video.
ABP stands for “able body person,” or someone who can assist flight attendants in an emergency, according to Kamalani.
Military professionals, pilots, firefighters, cops, and physicians are examples of ABPs who may help with medical emergencies or in circumstances where the pilot needs to land the plane or if there is a security breach, she said.
She added that flight attendants search for ABPs as they walk up and down the aisles.
One TikTok user who claimed to be a doctor wondered how Kamalani could tell his job just by glancing at him.
“Oh, we know,” Kamalani said in the comments, adding a wink emoji to her response. In response to another follower’s concern, she replied that some passengers tell personnel “‘hey, I’m a doctor in seat 34A just in case,” which is appreciated.
It’s more than just a pleasant greeting, here’s what more they are looking for
Flight attendants are also on the lookout for symptoms of human trafficking, according to Kamalani at the end of the video.
“It happens a lot in the industry,” she admitted. “And because passenger safety is our top priority, we’re just looking for things that don’t seem right.”
“If somebody’s holding a box that’s leaking or producing a certain smell,” Kamalani had also told Insider, “that’s a warning that things aren’t quite right.”
Flight attendants are trained to look for human trafficking and will report any concerns to the flight’s captain, as previously reported by Insider.
The captain can then contact operations personnel on the ground to learn more about the passenger, such as whether or not they have a one-way ticket.
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