A Question about Walking Around on a Flight

On my flight back from Amsterdam this morning, I had what I thought was an unusual run-in with a flight attendant:

I was flying in business on a United 757, and I had a colleague sitting in the bulkhead row of coach. I went back at one point to go say hello to her, and a flight attendant stopped me and said that I had to stay in “the cabin of my class of service.” I asked if I wasn’t allowed to go and say hello to someone sitting 5 feet behind me? He said no.

I asked if this was a new regulation, as I fly all the time and it doesn’t sound nuts to me that on an 8 1/2 hour flight, I might want to get up and walk around. He said it was not, that it was a TSA regulation. I was confused (and pretty annoyed) and went to sit back down. The flight attendant in the front cabin assumed I had been going back to use the bathroom and motioned me to come to the lav in the front. I went and explained what happened.

A bit later, another flight attendant came by and very discreetly apologized.

My question: Has anyone ever run into this before? I’m certain that on long flights where I’m up front, I take walks to the back with impunity. Was I mistaken? Has this happened to anyone?


  1. Sounds more like an FA on a power trip than anything else…

  2. travel partner

    Who is this “impunity” and does your wife know you usually travel with her?

  3. I can’t imagine there is a TSA regulation about this.

  4. I’ve had this happen twice. Once was similar to your situation. The flight crew also apologized. The other time, I was on a Thai Airways flight in F. I wanted to walk around a bit. The flight attendant rushed to me to ask what was wrong. When I told her I just wanted to walk around (in my first class pajamas), she said, “Why? You’re better than them! Perhaps I could bring you some more Dom Perignon.” I happily agreed and shortly thereafter forgot I wanted to stretch my legs. :mrgreen:

  5. Was there a curtain? The curtain is like the moat. I suggest staying in your seat, ordering a sundae with perfect chocolate distribution, and getting impunity’s digits….

  6. This is moronic and incorrect. The TSA has no authority in this domain. FAA is another matter. In the early days of post 9/11 flying this type of rule was enforced heavily on UA and AA until they finally realized it was a pointless waste of crew time and just pissed off travelers.
    Most likely it was a newbie FA who misunderstood rules on cabin separation (such as use of the toilets in C by passengers in Y.

  7. on another note…i took pictures on an SQ flight on a 777-300 of the galley in the back and the “TSA forbids this” came out. Yeah right. Additionally, with SQ why are they so retarded to physically check your boarding card when you board the aircraft. I questioned a steward and he said the “Civil Aviation Authorities of America” have this requirement.” Yeah right, how about someone print out and make available the FAA inflight guidelines…