Yesterday afternoon I flew from San Francisco to Kona on United and as my seatmate and I were getting settled in our seats, the purser walks by and places a sheet of paper down between us. He says nothing but is holding a manifest and a pen, usually indicative of taking meal orders.
We glance down at the sheet. It lists all sorts of details about the flight including a brief description of the two Trader Vic’s meal choices available on the flight. The purser looks at us, as if to say, "Well? Come on, hurry up!" but still says nothing.
I take the hint and say I would like the chicken. The purser nods. My seatmate also orders chicken. The purser grabs the sheet of paper and walks away, still silent.
That was a first for me. I complain about not being addressed by name, but at least in the past the pursers have always talked to me!
Oddly, the purser wasn’t a bad guy and did talk to me and the other passengers during the flight. I just found it a very odd and unprofessional way to take meal orders.