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I can tune out most of the noise on an overnight flight, usually with the help of earphones or ear plugs. The one thing I can’t ever get rid of is the thump-thump-thump of cabin crew striding up and down the aisle. There’s something about the design of the floor of the cabin that seems to send noise and vibration from footsteps straight into the seats – they actually move. And the crew themselves seem to clump (not gilde) as if specially trained to do so – could this actually be the case? Certainly their inevitable choice of solid, hard-heeled shoes doesn’t help. It seems impossible to design a cabin to avoid this – I haven’t found one yet.
Sign of the times, mate. They used to glide.
Note, on my last (and only) Vietnam Airlines flight they got around this problem. The cabin crew all gathered in the centre of the aircraft, hugged each other and screamed protractedly. I got the distinct impression they were too scared to move. So what we need is more turbulence!