Flight attendants have a secret code word to signal that you're attractive
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Ever wondered if that flight attendant you thought was cute might fancy you too? Well, here's how you can find out.
Books and fantasies are plagued with the idea of having a holiday romance, but what if you found out you didn't even have to wait until you arrived at your sunny, beach destination to be in with the chance of finding the love of your life?
Now, you may be thinking, 'Why do I need to know if a cabin crew member finds me attractive?' but there is proof that love can quite literally be in the air.
On a flight from Rome to Dubai in 2019, Stefano Inve proposed to his flight attendant girlfriend Vittoria Stabile at 35,000 feet.
So, if you're slowly giving up any hope on finding someone in a crowded bar and dating apps aren't really your thing, then what do you have to lose?
But how do you know if you've caught a member of cabin crew's eye?
On UK plane staff forum cabincrew.com, one anonymous cabin crew member revealed members of flight crew have an in-joke they use to signal to one another they find a passenger good-looking.
The flight attendant explains: "There's the cheerio game you can play when passengers disembark.
"When you're standing there going 'Buh-bye, thank you, take care' etc when you see someone you fancy, you say 'Cheerio'.
"You need to do it with a buddy and the challenge is to keep a straight face."
So, keep an ear out next time you say au revoir as you step off the plane because, you never know, it might be your lucky day finding the love of your life.
However, whether all flight attendants always use the phrase, 'Cheerio' because they find someone attractive is up for debate.
Many flyers have taken to Twitter to recount times they've gotten off the plane and received such a goodbye.
One user said: "I love the UK, just hopped off the plane with a ‘cheerio’ from the flight attendant, feels good to be back."
"When I got off the plane in London the flight attendants actually said 'Cheerio' to me #culture," another added.
The detail the passengers have in common? They were both returning to London - the phrase 'Cheerio' having originated from Britain.
So, perhaps the attendants weren't attracted to them and were simply adapting their farewell to the location of the destination.
The world of flirting and dating is truly a minefield, good luck trying to read the signals right.