A flight attendant has revealed the security routine they use when checking into a hotel (file photo).
A video of an Air New Zealand flight attendant revealing a hotel security check routine was viewed 64,000 times on social media before it was suddenly deleted.
The video showed the procedure flight attendants go through when entering a hotel room while traveling on business.
The voiceover explains, “As a flight attendant, the first thing I do when I get to my hotel room is a quick security check.”
She then explains that the first step is to put her suitcases in the door to hold it open.
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Then the cabin attendant in full uniform shows her first steps. “I check under the beds, and I also check behind the curtains.
“Then I open the closet and make sure nobody’s hiding in it, and then I go into the bathroom and check behind the shower curtain.”
She then gives the camera a thumbs-up before explaining that she always makes sure the deadbolt over the door is locked whenever she’s in her room.
The video was viewed more than 64,000 times on TikTok but was deleted soon after things travel checked with Air New Zealand.
The airline’s cabin crew general manager Viv Vincent said Air New Zealand crew are very safety conscious when traveling on domestic and international routes.
“Security search of a hotel room is not standard procedure, but our crew are taught and encouraged to conduct one as a precaution. This is standard practice throughout the aviation industry.
“The safety of our crew and pilots is of the utmost importance, so we have teams dispatched to screen all hotels before Air New Zealand employees stay there as part of their mission,” said Vincent.
Airlines often hire security specialists to teach employees how to conduct security screening.
Other flight attendants have also posted similar videos on TikTok, with creator @cici_inthesky explaining her streak of checks as she enters a hotel room.
She follows a similar routine to Air New Zealand cabin crew, but also makes sure her peephole at the front door is closed. If it doesn’t have a lid, she stuffs tissue paper inside so no one can see inside.
She puts a bag in front of the door, a washcloth on her doorknob and then explains why in a comment.
“I put the bag in front of the door so no one could put a wire under the door and open the security lock along with a towel for backup.”
Several attacks on cabin crew have been reported in recent years. In 2019, a Canadian flight attendant was followed back to her hotel room in Mexico and beaten unconscious. In 2017, a man was sentenced to 55 years in prison after sexually assaulting a crew member who was checking into a Detroit hotel.
Air New Zealand cabin crew who made the now-deleted video have been contacted for comment but have yet to respond.