Esther, who offers words of wisdom to her TikTok followers when not flying with European airline KLM, has plenty of advice about what to do when staying in a hotel room
A flight attendant has shared a handy tip for checking if there’s someone hiding in your room.
For those of us with a lingering childhood fear that the under-bed shadows may hide something or someone unpleasant, aviation pro Esther has some advice.
The flight attendant for European airline KLM often shares her tricks when staying in hotel rooms on her TikTok account @esthersturrus, which includes “throwing a bottle under [your bed]”. The aim isn’t to make a mess; it’s to check for intruders.
That’s because if the bottle doesn’t come out the other side, then you may need to investigate further or go and ask a member of staff/fellow traveller to check your room with you. If the bottle does come out the other side with no obstruction, then you can rest a little more easily.
It wasn’t her only advice for making a hotel stay as smooth as possible. She has previously suggested putting a shoe in your hotel room safe for a simple but clever reason! She explained: “Worried about forgetting something from your locker? Put your heel or shoe in it and you won’t forget it!” If you only have one pair of shoes, she recommends placing an item you wouldn’t leave without in the safe, like your coat.
Meanwhile, another flight attendant recently gave their hotel stay advice. American cabin crew member Cici has a checklist she follows whenever she stays in a hotel, particularly when she first arrives, so she can get some rest.
For her, safety is the most important thing for her when on a stop over with work or in a rented room for leisure, so she always follows a security routine after she checks in. One of her core safety moves involves taking a small towel from the bathroom and wrapping it around her room door’s safety latch. The flight attendant then closes the latch lock with the hand towel, which will make it harder to open.
Once you have successfully secured yourself in your hotel room and ensured that potential intruders are kept out, there are other potential traps to avoid walking into. One of them, according to another flight attendant, is the kettle.
Most hotels have kettles for those guests who want to enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee in the comfort of their room. Dutch flight attendant Demi shared a video on her TikTok channel @demibonita in which she urged people never to use the water warming device.
“Never use the kettle. You don’t know what has been inside of it,” she said. While one may innocently think that a kettle is used just for making cups of tea or coffee, Demi argues this is not the case.
The rise of extreme nutritional plans such as the all meat diet may be pushing some hotel guests to employ the room’s kettle as a make-shift broiling device. Perhaps more alarming, rumours have long circulated of visitors using the kettle to give their underwear a boil wash.
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