There are a lot of difficult jobs in this world, but being a flight attendant has to be up at the top of the list. Essentially, their job is similar to those in the service industry, but they are also catering to passengers who are often at their most crabby, in a contained and tenuous environment. Think about it: How would you feel if you were trapped inside a metal tube with a group full of potentially rude and/or exhausted people, and you were also forced to wait on them hand and foot? It wouldn't be easy!
We have nothing but respect for flight attendants, and it turns out, they do more than we even knew. Have you ever noticed the attendants standing near the front of the plane with their arms folded, waiting to say hello to you? Well, those flight attendants have a very particular job, and if they don't do it well, it could mean serious delays. Find out yet another way that flight attendants keep things running smoothly below.
They issue your ticket at the counter, check it when you go through security, and then check your boarding pass again before you step onto the plane,
The attendants near the entrance of the plane tend to stand like this with their arms folded behind their backs.
...The ones at the front of the plane have another important job, and it's instrumental in making sure the flight runs smoothly and efficiently.
They aren't just folding their arms to appear calm and friendly -- they're actually taking note of how many passengers are entering to make sure it adds up with the passenger manifest.
So they can keep track of everyone entering with this click counter, of course! Flight attendants use these to count off everyone as they step on board.