When George Hobica, founder of Smarter Travel’s sister site Airfarewatchdog, asked his flight-attendant friends to anonymously tell him the secrets of the industry, they confessed, "If a flight is late, the airline might have to pay us overtime. If the flight is going to be late anyway, we've been known to delay it even further in order to make sure overtime kicks in, which on our airline means up to double the hourly pay. We might find some minor defect in the aircraft or use some other ruse to make up for the money we don't get paid waiting for takeoff."
We don't advise accusing flight attendants of this strategy unless your plan is to get kicked off the plane.
Some Hotel Housekeepers Polish Glasses with Furniture Polish
Jacob Tomsky, author of the tell-all book “Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality,” worked as everything from a valet to a front-desk employee for more than a decade, so he's seen some things. One of those things? Housekeepers cleaning hotel-room drinking glasses with Pledge. Apparently it keeps glassware looking spotless and streak-free — so you may want to admire the sparkle and drink from disposable cups instead.
Airplane Water Might Not Be Safe to Drink
Tests conducted by the EPA a few years ago found that 14 percent of tank water in planes tested did not meet federal safety standards and contained bacteria like E. coli. Some airlines use tank water for more than just the airplane bathrooms. They use it to make coffee and tea, to fill the large bottles of water on the beverage trolley, and to make ice. Thankfully, not all airlines follow these practices. But do you really want to chance it?