Are You Ready To Start Tipping Flight Attendants?

Frontier Airlines has instituted a tipping method allowing passengers to leave individual contributions for flight attendants.  The budget-friendly airline began accepting voluntary contributions on January 1, when a message was first issued via a digital payment tablet that said: “Gratuities Are Appreciated!”  Travel blogger JT Genter shared a photo of the checkout screen showing the option to provide an automatic 15 percent, 20 percent and 25 percent tip, or to customize it.  Frontier confirmed it will no longer require flight attendants to pool their contributions and will accept personal tips from customers ordering food and beverages.  “We appreciate the great work of our flight attendants and know that our customers do as well, so (the payment tablet) gives passengers the option to tip,” Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement over the weekend.  “It’s entirely at the customer’s discretion, and many do it.”

Association of Flight Attendants International President Sara Nelson said the union is opposed to the tipping method – arguing that attendants are responsible for much more than simply serving passengers a snack and beverage.  “Regardless of the tip issue, Frontier Airlines needs to step up and pay aviation’s first responders a wage that recognizes their critical safety role onboard,” Nelson told the Los Angeles Times.  “We view tips as additional compensation over and above flight attendants’ contractual wages.”

Photo Credit: Travel blogger JT Genter 

 

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Scott Fox
Scott Fox