I am just curious what YOUR reasons would be to be a flight attendant. And...are there any male flight attendants? Cause I don't think I have ever seen one. Would any of you venture out into this line of work just to have more access to your hobby?
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4747 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12509 times:
1. Flight Passes
2. Good pay (after putting in a few years)
3. 22 days off per month (after putting in a few years)
4. Extremely flexible hours
5. Easy to control earnings (want more money, fly more, want less, work less)
6. Flight passes
7. Great places to work if you're gay, great place to work if you're not
8. Being around and on planes all the time
9. Getting to stay in nice hotels and eat in nice restaurants all the time, paid for by the company
10......... FLIGHT PASSES
Towerair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12487 times:
Yes there are a lot of male flight atts out there,,,,,,Who are you flying?,European or japanese airlines?..anyways i will tell you a few good reasons i been a flight att for the last 7 years with FIVE airlines,yes,FIVE!!!! Reasons: #1 never wake up early to go to work(once you got seniority) #2 you see your supervisor maybe twice a year #3 most of the time you working with beautiful women #4 been around the world more than one time at my airline"s expense(paid flight,paid hotel) #5 you build up your schedule the way you want it with up to 18 days off a month #6 you get a lot of phone numbers from pax's(man or woman) #7 you can visit your friends any where in the world with out looking at your wallet(free travel) #8 thanks to the preassure on the cabin your skin will never be oily again .And these are just a few of the good reasons I am a flight att.Now,if you ever want to know good reasons not to be a fligt att,ask me ,because not everything is cookies and cream.
FlyGirl757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12410 times:
What are some bad reasons?? Isn't Your schedule always up in the air??(LOL...no pun intended).
What about family? Isn't it hard to have a relationship, let alone a family while traveling so much?
I can see how this would be an ideal job for someone my age...but most attendants that I have seen...are older...like late 20's early 30's.
The more I think about this job...the more I think I would love to try it. I LOVE traveling and meeting new people...Plus, I think I am friendly, fun and would help people who are scared to fly...relax.
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12402 times:
Well, I want to be a F/A for a few years, but not as a long-term career. However, my reason would simply be the thrill of flying and just the love of it.
Even being an agent (when not furloughed, ), I absolutely loved it. Not only because of the benefits, but because it made me happy.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12366 times:
I'm shcoked that yo'uve never seen any male F/A's. There have been tons on all the airliners I've flown. (Alright, that's only Canadian and British carriers.) I guess it depends on the airline, but you will find we have plenty of male f/a's on airliners.net. Too many, in my opinion!
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12271 times:
1) you get to fly often
2) you don't have to actually FLY the plane
3) FREE FLIGHTS!!!!!
4) Hot Female coworkers
6) connections so that you can work your way through the ranks
7) free HOTEL nightly
8) Free Flights for the family
9) ITS FUN!!!!!
10) its basicly acting... I'm an actor!!!!!
i want to be a FA but only to start and learn about the industry
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4747 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12144 times:
why any straight male would aspire to be an FA is beyond me.
How about traveling around with a handful of beautiful women all day, and then spending the night in the hotel with them, then laying around on the beach half the day, then flying home again ...never to see them again unless you want to....
Dtwintlflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12144 times:
TT737FO gee what a surprise you are an FO at JAL...let me guess contract work. I really don't get your statement TT737FO..There ARE a lot of straight FA 's out there. Who cares if there are a lot anyway.
Don't get me wrong, I respect the fact you are a pilot, but you know sometimes actually talking to the crew is an important part of the total crew resource training.
You must be 1)taking Viagra 2)working on third marriage 3)paying alimony 4)trying to pick up any female FA because you think you are cool no matter you are in your 40's etc etc etc...and you probably shy away from talking to any of the male FA's because you think we are all gay (nobody is going to make a move on you believe me)... Typical .....Don't get mad, see that would be me assuming you are an idiot just like you probably assume all of us are gay.
Just by you saying "aspire" you insult FA's in general and straight FA's too. You show that you think FA's don't really do much of anything as a job and you think you are better than us lowly FA's. I have flown with your type before, don't worry we think you guys fit into the above mentioned categories.......don't rush back to work in the States because things have changed since the 50's. It isn't just coffee tea or me. Most IMPORTANTLY, in the backlash of 9-11 we are now, more than ever before, your first indication something might be wrong behind those thick kevlar doors that keep you safe.
We "aspire" to be FA's because it is an easy job, we work 8-13 days a month, get to see a lot of interesting places and meet a lot of great people, and don't forget the passes and cheap travel.....oh and we usually work with a lot of cockpit crews. and the list goes on.
Anyway, conversation is usually a good place to start, so before you leap to a judgement or two, talk to us, you might find you have more in common with us than you think.
Cdgdtw From United States of America, joined May 2003, 200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12115 times:
Gay f/a? Straight f/a? Male flight attendant? Female flight attendant?
WHO CARES!?!?!??!? Each individual has likes/dislikes. Enough with the labels. Have a good time flying, be safe and lose the stereotypes.
TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12071 times:
Went sucker fishing and got a bite! Just stirring the pot, DTW.
CRM? Still a foreign concept at this carrier but getting better. Depends a lot on the Capt, sometimes it's difficult in the cockpit let alone extending to the entire crew.
Actually, a great many FAs I have met and consider friends are retired military--many served in a crew chief capacity...they are in it now for the travel benefits. I also know one at America West who is a retired prison guard.
In answer to your questions: 1. Not yet. 2. Working on second (Hawaiian Air FA) 3. Nope, I got lucky...she made more than I did when I was a Capt at a national. 4. 37 and there's a bit of a language/cultural gap over here.
Andersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11835 times:
This is coming from a former F/A (MALE) with the original Frontier:
1. Terrific people to work with
2. Flight passes
3. Don't have to take the work home with you
4. Varying schedules
5. Great training that can be used outside the airline (language, first aid)
6. Making a kid smile
7. The teamwork
8. Nice hotels on layovers
9. Meeting up and serving with people you trained with months, sometimes years later - its like going to a class reunion.
10. Pride in knowing that it is not easy to get hired, get through training and start flying. When you have gotten through that - the actual job is easy.
I've been out of the biz for 17 years now (never went back after Frontier stopped flying). I understand it is much more of a challenge now, but friends still flying tell me they won't quit.
Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!
FlyGirl757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11816 times:
No one ever answered my question...
Isn't it hard to have a family and be in this line of work? I knew this woman who lived near my family and her son got injured one day and she couldn't come home right away cause she flying to Paris. We ended up taking him to the hospital.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11787 times:
It all depends upon the person and the family. Pilots and F/As does spend time away from home but they are home for the majority of the month. What you need to understand is that you must juggle your life to make sure that your spouse and children are taken care of.
I know several pilots for AA, CO and NW. All are happily married and have children. They are gone 10-12 days a month but make sure that they schedule their flights around family obligations or as close to it as they can get. So if I'm flying 757s Monday-Wednesday then Thursday to Sunday I am with my family. Driving the kids to practice, cutting the grass, doing the odd jobs and making sure my wife is 100% happy! It is a different lifestyle that you have to adapt to. If you love your spouse and family though it won't be difficult.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
Covert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1468 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 11730 times:
It seems like it would be a great life for those who would like to maintain a family and yet live on the wild side. It would be great to be the only male steward and have sex with all the female co-workers on a long trip then come home and have sex with your wife, then go to a different base again and have sex with your other wife. What a wild month that would be........
Drewwright From United States of America, joined May 2001, 621 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 11665 times:
My ten reasons I love being a FA are:
1. Unlimited free travel.
2. Flying and getting paid for it.
3. Having fun on layovers
4. Meeting lots of cool people everyday
5. All the soda pop and pretzels I can eat
6. Playing practical jokes on other flight crews
7. Playing practical jokes on passengers.
8. Crotch checks (Seat Belt compliance)
9. Big breasted women during turbulence (flight deck really likes that one)
10. Free magazines
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5068 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 11630 times:
I have flown on Southwest a couple times this past month and there were male F/A's on each flight segment. At least one of them looked and acted somewhat less than straight but hey as long as they dont make a pass at me its all ok.
There was a pregnant female F/A on my last flight. Now you know why they call it the LUV airline
A few of the male F/A's I saw actually looked quite a bit older than you would expect. I mean, grey hair and looked mid 40s at least if not 50! Most of the F/A's were not young early-20s looking. I flew on Delta in December '02 and theirs looked a bit older on average than WN.
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