The debate over tipping flight attendants

They serve meals, bring extra blankets, help you store your bags and even sometimes babysit small children. But do those services provided by flight attendants merit tipping?

A recent column on Business Insider suggested that because of the many responsibilities juggled by members of the cabin crew, it is accepted to express your appreciation of the flight attendants with a few bills.

But some etiquette experts say that's inappropriate.

Most job descriptions listed for flight attendants state their primary responsibility is to maintain passenger safety. It's a role not generally tipped in other fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the median salary of flight attendants in 2013 is $37,740.

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