Win a Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set Today! →

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’re probably familiar with the flight attendant greeting. The attendant is usually standing at the front of the plane greeting every passenger as they walk aboard.

A fellow flight attendant and TikTok user, Kat Kamalani, shared on social media the truth behind these greetings and she’s going viral for it.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

If you didn’t know why they greet you coming onto the plane, this is your chance to learn more. “Bet you don’t know what we are doing,” the video caption reads. “When you’re walking on the airplane and you see our happy, smiling face, we’re actually looking you up and down and we’re trying to find our A.B.P.’s,” says Kat. In other words, they’re looking for “able-bodied people” who could help in the event of an emergency.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“[They might be] military personnel, firefighters, nurses, doctors,” she continued. “So in case of an emergency — like a medical emergency or [if] we’re going to land the plane or there’s a security breach — we know who’s on our plane and who can help us.”

Photo: flickr/Matthew Hurst

On a darker note, there are other things that they are looking for. “We’re looking for human trafficking,” Kat said. “It happens a lot in the industry and our passengers’ safety is our No. 1 priority, so we’re just looking for things that look off.”

Watch her video to learn more:

@katkamalani

You would never guess the last part… #secretsrevealed #traveler #momsontiktok #flightcrew #travelhacks

♬ SUNNY DAY – Matteo Rossanese