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Secret code flight attendants use to talk about 'attractive' passengers

Finally you'll know whether Linda on Ryanair thinks you're a bit of hot stuff.

Have you ever been sat in seat 7D on a flight, and overheard the attendants in muffled tones say, "I might do seven days in Denmark next week"?

You do not have to be Alan Turing to decipher the code – the code used by flight crews use to talk discreetly about 'attractive' passengers.

It's sometimes used to talk about travellers they don't like, too.

The secret phrases have been revealed by a former flight attendant called James, whose surname was kept anonymous for obvious reasons.

James, who worked on planes for seven years, explained on Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie Othat airline staff occasionally pass the time by typically picking out the best-looking passengers on flights.

"Obviously, when we are in the cabin and we are doing the drinks we can't just be like 'Oh doll check him out'," James said. "You have to be subtle about it."

James talked about the code in more detail: "Because everyone knows their seat numbers, so we’re on the cart and he’ll be like, 'I’m thinking of doing seven days in America… being 'seat 7A'.

"And I’ll be like, 'yeah, I could do seven days in America!'"

"Or like, six days in Denmark..."

While usually used for sexy passengers, the code might also be applied to customers who've fallen out of favour. Although James said a more likely scenario is that flight attendants just ignore them.

"If a flight attendant ever says to you 'I’ll be right back,' we don't like you... and then you just 'forget,'" James told the presenters.

The final secret James revealed was a way of avoiding questions when lunch or loo needs called (both important): "I used to have a trick every time I went from one end of the plane to the other to eat my lunch someone would always ask me something. And I'm just like I just want to eat my lunch!

"So I used to have a trick I'd put a can of coke in a sick bag put a rubber glove on and then walk through the cabin so it looks like I'm holding vomit – no one asked me for a thing."