Reader’s Digest (November 2010) did a short article on airline lingo and included this definition:
”Working the village: Working in coach.”
In 2014, one “flight attendant’s dictionary” article included this under the headline, “Terms I’ve never used, but I’m told exist.” The term “working the village” appears in several airline lexicon articles, but does not appear on its own. Actual flight attendant use of “the village” remains questionable.
Reader’s Digest (Canada)
DECODING AIRLINE LINGO
On a flight, pilots and airline staff often have their own way of speaking, using interesting jargon while on duty. Here’s a glossary of terms used by pilots and airline staff that can help you decode what they’re saying.
From Reader’s Digest USA, November 2010
Working the village: Working in coach.
The Weather Center
Working The Village: The flight attendant who is working in the coach section, not the first class section.
11:12 PM - 6 Feb 2013
Reading an article about airline lingo is proving to be very interesting. “Working the village” = working in coach. #realnice
11:00 PM - 16 Jun 2013
Tourist Meets Traveler
Airline Lingo Decoded
CARA HARRINGTON , JUNE 30, 2014
Working the Village: Working coach
What’s a Coach Roach? Inside a Flight Attendant’s Dictionary
BY SARAH STEEGAR ON DECEMBER 9, 2014
Terms I’ve never used, but I’m told exist:
Working the village – working in Coach.
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“The Village” is what flight attendants sometimes nickname the coach seating section.