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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Sparks Debate By Saying Passengers Should Routinely Tip Their Flight Attendant

‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Sparks Debate By Saying Passengers Should Routinely Tip Their Flight Attendant

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco has called on airline passengers to routinely tip their flight attendants after telling gossip site TMZ that she routinely tips cabin crew and thinks everyone else should do to.

The 36-year-old actor has most recently appeared in the lead role of the aptly named dark comedy ‘The Flight Attendant’ playing a recovering alcoholic member of cabin crew and CIA asset who gets caught up in an international web of intrigue.

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Passing through Los Angeles Airport recently, Cuoco was asked by a TMZ reporter whether her stint playing a flight attendant on film had changed her attitude towards cabin crew.

And it appears Cuoco now understands just how hard flight attendants can work.

“They should get tips,” Cuoco said of flight attendants and then doubled down on the sentiment, replying when asked if other passengers should tip their flight attendant: “Yes. Tip your flight attendant.”

Tipping cabin crew isn’t routine or expected, and some flight attendants may even turn down a cash tip because of internal airline policies that prohibit the practice. In fact, some flight attendants discourage tipping because they fear it interferes with their role as safety professionals.

That’s not the case, however, at Frontier Airlines where passengers are asked to leave a gratuity when making onboard purchases. The airline has confirmed that all tips go straight to flight attendants with options to leave either a 15%, 20% or 25% tip.

Before the pandemic, a completely unscientific online poll of flight attendants suggested around 56 per cent of cabin crew supported the right to accept tips, but opinion is divided and it’s pretty clear that there’s absolutely no expectation that passengers should routinely tip their flight attendant.

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