I started flying TAM when I moved to Brazil in Ocotber 2009 which was also the first time in my life I had set foot on South American soil. In the past 18 months I have flown TAM --domesic, regional and intercontinental --frequently and am now *G on the airline (Vermelho) TAM is one of the strangest airlines Ive had the pleasure of knowing intimately over the years,,, and ive seen some, believe me (MIAT Mongolian only serving vodka by the quart bottle in business class in 1996 is one of my prize experiences to date) Hence this thread Ill kick off by querying 10 bizarre/strange/unusual things Ive seen on TAM -- feedback comments most gratefully appreciated (1) Why does the one of the pilots stand at the door sneering at incoming passengers until boarding is complete? On other airlines this is a busy time on the flight deck? (2) Why do TAM unfailingly make elaborate announcements about boarding when the end result is a melee ? (3) Why in Business Class do they serve my apertif, nuts, starter and wine all at once? (4)Why do they have a dirty red piece of cloth come rain or shine at the boarding stairs? (5) Whose bright idea is the FIdelidade Black Card? Where did this person get their professional degree? More generally, is there a super elite card (180,000 miles required, only on TAM in one year) that is more absurd than Fidelidade Black that someone can point me to? (6) More general than TAM, when did Brazilian airlines start issuing till receipts as boarding passes? (7) Why does TAM operate domestic flights in the middle of the night (eg depart Belem 0220 arrive Brasilia 0420)? (8) Why do the pilots often not make any announcements in English, even on flights to New York and London (9) Why do they play Bollywood pop music at boarding on the 1930 GRU-BSB which ive just boarded after a gruelling DEL-DXB-GRU on Emirates, making me feel like I must have crashed and was undergoing an out -of - body experience? (10) Despite the chaotic s****y working conditions, weird working hours and extrordinarily and unnecessarily complicated rosters that TAM cabin crew have to tolerate, how is it that they are the most amazingly cheerful good humoured and co-operative bunch of cabin crew I have seen anywhere in the world?