Flight Attendants May Delay Your Flight on Purpose
When George Hobica, founder of our sister site Airfarewatchdog, asked his flight-attendant friends to anonymously tell him the secrets of the industry, they confessed, "If a flight is late, the airline might have to pay us overtime. If the flight is going to be late anyway, we've been known to delay it even further in order to make sure overtime kicks in, which on our airline means up to double the hourly pay. We might find some minor defect in the aircraft or use some other ruse to make up for the money we don't get paid waiting for takeoff." But we don't advise accusing flight attendants of this strategy, unless your plan is to get kicked off the plane.