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?