Spoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6480 times:
As a former airline employee (legacy carrier w/ 17 years seniority) I worked my fair share of airport positions - including baggage service (uggh). However, all of the various positions I worked were included in the agent/labor catgegory. Combining union/non-union/labor category IN ADDITION to management positions, I'm curious as to the most dreaded, most hated, most despised ,and most distasteful job position within the entire scope of the airline industry. Your comments please...
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2480 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6451 times:
Having to deal with the traveling public...
Seriously though, there seems to be a balance between all aspects of the job. Although I would much rather stay "behind the scenes" I love working the counter because I love dealing with the people. So I guess the simple explaination would be:
There is no aspect of airline industry that I see titled "dreaded, most hated, most despised ,and most distasteful job.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6415 times:
I would say that it is every job with direct customer contact, no matter what went wrong or who caused it, you are the target of complaints.
So far I have worked in the revenue accounting department and in the marketing department of two different airlines, by end of this year I will again change my job, then I will work in the customer service department, I already predict that it will be much worse than my current job but I don't care because payment and location are alright this time .
Greasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3091 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6277 times:
Sorry to the rampers but I think that is the worst job in aviation. Having said that some would say that mine was the worst job. So what I am saying is there is no worst job in aviation. It all depends on what you are looking for and at.
Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
Refueler1974 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6231 times:
I would have to say the rampers have the worst end...if there is a "worst" end. They are the ones out there in all types of weather year-round....and they are the ones stuck with flushing and filling the lavs....
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
San2snow From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6204 times:
I think that the worst job would have to be working in the lost baggage office. The only reason people come in there is something went wrong and they want answers. The people that work in that office are probuably the most underappreciated.
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4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6149 times:
Having worked at almost every position at the airport i would have to say Baggage Service is the worst... By its very nature it is only dealing with a problem. No one is ever happy that stands in that line. I have never heard of a passenger waiting to Thank a Baggage agent for getting the bag there ontime before they left the airport...
Bezoar From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 807 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6087 times:
My son has been fascinated by anything having to do with aviation since he was old enough to hold his head up and see planes overhead. We'd stay at hotels near airports while traveling. Often the measure of a vacation was not how many states we visited, but by the airports he 'bagged.' We'd visit the terminals, drive the perimeters, and often were given tours of ATC towers, ramps, and cockpits. We talked with lots of folks from the curb to the sky.
He honed his skills with the camera, and has uploaded many shots to the anet database. He is currently pursuing an aviation management/flying ops degree in college, and is halfway through his commercial rating. His love has never waned.
The one thing that particularly struck me after speaking to various kinds of employees throughout the aviation industry is that EVERYONE seemed to love their job.
I know there are those who have to deal with upset passengers, pilots who really would like to be flying a different aircraft or from the left seat, and controllers who are probably too stressed too many days. But, in general, they all seemed to love their job. There aren't too many professions that can boast such a high rating in that regard. I certainly can't think of any.
They love their job so much that they're happy to share it with anyone else who has some interest, as they did with my son. I thank all the folks through the years for that wonderful gift.
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6064 times:
Working in the Lost Baggage department isn't too bad. I did it for a few years and although people do say horrible things, curse you and place death threats on you after a very short time you don't hear it and realize that to get the job done you just have to be diplomatic and cool headed. I just found it boring dealing with bags when I wanted to be dealing with aircraft.
Out of all the jobs I had to do the worst one for me was loading bags on aircraft as you go to pick up a light bag and suddenly realize it weighs more than you do. My back ached like mad the whole time.
I prefer jobs where I can avoid passengers. Being in the cabin for hours must be hell!
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6056 times:
I have to agree with Lav Truck Driver and Cabin Cleaners. I only ever had to dump a lav once, and that was it; I cleaned cabins several days a week for about 2 months and had a love-hate relationship with the job.. Cleaning the cabins suck because some people are just disgusting. Nothing like having to pull a dirty diaper or a barf bag from the seat pocket, or having to switch out a seat cushion dirtied with some foul stench. And the way some of the lavs get is pretty awful too, like people purposely make a mess. Maybe airlines need to install pay toilets; if you're too cheap to use it, we'll get you a bottle.......