Flight attendant reveals secret code used for problem flyers

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By Dan Sears

If you think being called a “Karen” is bad, imagine being called a “Philip.”

A flight attendant is sharing a code word that could indicate a passenger is on the flight crew’s naughty list.

“If you’re labeled a ‘Philip,’ then you’ve done something wrong and should probably expect to get bad service for the rest of the flight,” the unidentified crew member told The Sun.

“That name originated from the term ‘PILP’ — Passenger I’d Like to Punch — but has changed over time to become slightly more subtle,” the flight attendant explained.

So, if you’re flying and you hear “Philip,” it’s best to get on your best behavior.

Flight attendants refer to rude passengers as “Philip,” one crew member told The Sun. Getty Images

A big pet peeve for flight attendants is ringing the call bell incessantly and demanding their immediate attention for minor requests such as drinks.

While each passenger has the right to ring the bell, a flyer should only ring it rapidly in an emergency.

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Crew members also don’t appreciate passengers filming them while they are trying to do their job enforcing the rules to keep everyone safe.

Many airlines, such as United, American, Delta and Southwest, have implemented policies prohibiting flyers from taking pictures or videos of airline employees without their consent, reported CBS News.

And an upset baby doesn’t often upset airline employees — but they can get annoyed by a passenger whining about the noise.

Noise-canceling headphones can help drown out the commotion on a plane.

“If you’re labeled a ‘Philip,’ then you’ve done something wrong and should probably expect to get bad service for the rest of the flight,” the flight attendant said. Getty Images/iStockphoto
“That name originated from the term PILP — Passenger I’d Like to Punch — but has changed over time to become slightly more subtle,” the crew member explained. Hope – stock.adobe.com

This is not the first time “Philip” has emerged as a bad word.

In September 2022, a flight attendant informed The Sun of the acronym.

“If we’re in the middle of drinks or dinner service, the only time then you should be calling for us is in an emergency. If everything’s fine, then be patient,” the crew member said.

“We’re very quick to work out who the Philips are and we will serve you accordingly, so bear that in mind if you’re a habitual button pusher.”

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