Ask a flight attendant what his or her primary responsibility is, and the answer comes swiftly and without hesitation: safety. To hear the job description from the lips of those doing it, the preservation of order in the cabin comes at the expense of everything else, almost making it seem like drink service and pillow distribution barely register as priorities. Of course, this isn't the case. Flight attendants respond to call buttons, pour coffee and dish out meals when relevant for a reason: it's what they're paid to do.
For me it was 2 things. First, commuting to my job. I lived 4 hours away and had to either fly there on a regional carrier or leave time enough to drive.