Spike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 20709 times:
As this forum seems to have a high count of flight attendants participating, perhaps you could clarify or dispell the myth of male flight attendants 'always' being gay. What percentage would you say are? Is is more common in the US or Europe to be a gay FA?
Not that it matters eitherway to me, just wondering...
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 20635 times:
yes... In my experience I'd say 90% of Male FA's are gay at UA. The remaining 9% of the male FA population goes out of their way to prove their "straightness" by hitting relentlessly on women or talking about sports to drive home the fact that they are straight. The last 1% are the secure type who are genuinely nice to everyone and have nothing to prove. They're the best!
As I've flown other Carriers: Virgin Atlantic, All Nippon, US Airways, Delta and American... I'd say that an overwhelming majority of the men are also gay with these carriers, but that's just my limited experience.
Gay Men have a natural talent for attention to detail and being a good, warm host, which is what the carriers look for when hiring.
(Shout out to you Gordo!)
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
SEAPete From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 20549 times:
I've been generally really happy with the service I have had from the the F/A's on the flights I've had. I really don't care if they are gay or from another planet so long as they have decent customer service skills.
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 20483 times:
Who gives a s**t what sexuality your F/A is, it's nothing to do with anyone apart from them or thier partner. If thats all passengers wonder when they see a male F/A onboard and by the way I am straight, then that passenger is a little sad. Or perhaps curious LOL.
JacobCAL From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 20426 times:
I would have to agree with Artsyman. I am based in HTA (Houston International) and it seems that the base is about 50/50. People don't really seem to care who is straight, gay or bi as long as they get the job done. I however find it extremely embarrassing flying with guys who are very feminine. I am gay but most wouldn't know that.
AA777223ER From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 20322 times:
I'd guess AA is about 80/20 (G/S) or so. Funny story from when I was new: I was flying DFW-OKC on a 727, 29 minute flying time to do a full liquor/beverage service for 150 PAX. We were rushing needless to say and this PAX with his big slow southern drawl asks me "I know they call the girls Stewardess, what do they call you?" I smiled and said "Stewardess"
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20203 times:
I would have to say that 90% is not really true. That is a stereotype. I would estimate roughly half or maybe just a little less than half. I would also venture to say some of them are Bi-sexual. Who cares. They do their job well is the only thing I care about. CO's FAs do a great job and if they indulge in sex with each other or with men or whatever. Leave it in the bedroom, or hotel room for all you FAs.
Nwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20137 times:
I think the 50/50 ratio may well apply as well at Northwest, and I agree with FA4UA that some of the straight guys have an obsession with letting everyone know they are NOT GAY. Frequently their heterosxuality is all too apparent; BAD haircut; nicked face from shaving in a hurry;un-ironed uniform shirt; collar button undone; necktie yanked down; slacks that are too short/long/baggy/in need of dry-cleaning; scuffed shoes; and a total lack of interest in trying to see that a service is done as nicely for the passengers as possible. (Serving meals and drinks cuts into the time they can hit on women in the cabin.) They're also only temporarily in cabin service while working towards their manly pilot's rating - even though they have 14 years seniority...
Then there are the really gorgeous, totally pulled-together straight guys (whom both the gays, and the girls, are in awe of), who are so supremely confident about themselves that they have nothing to prove to anyone, and treat the gay guys just like regular buddies. As it should be.These guys are hard-working and friendly to everybody.
I'm generalizing like crazy, of course. But I've flown for 5 different airlines over the past 30 years, so I've had the opportunity to observe a great many flight attendants.
P.S. My partner's brother is a flight attendant for British Airways, and says gays are very much the minority at BA. I do think European airlines tend to employ more heterosexual men in the cabin. What do you guys flying in Europe think? Am I off-base here?
Rjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 19952 times:
I have observed that most of Southwest's male FA's appear straight..not many gays.. I dont think the goofy and corny in-flight culture(i do like WN BTW) appeals to the gay psyche as much as the legacy carriers' willlingness to allow them to be bitchy and hauty .
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 19845 times:
All these comments are so funny! It seems that when I fly on F9 to and from RSW there is always the same FA on board. I think he really likes me, he always gives me free TV, free drinks, talks to me throughout the entire flight, and has even given me cash and TV vouchers. I feel kind of weird with him checkin me out the whole time but hey he is very nice and does his job well. I have thought about giving him my number to go have some drinks or play cards (he tells me that he loves to do that) but im scared he'll think Im gay too! Yeah so anyways I think its about 50/50 but don't matter to me as long as they do their job, however I am very pleased when I get a hot young female FA to flirt with. (and get non rev tickets from!)
Lucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 19704 times:
UAL747DEN : you just gave away your *obvious* heterosexuality with your spelling of "gorges" (!?)
and p.s. "free TV, free drinks, talks to me throughout the entire flight, and has even given me cash and TV vouchers. I feel kind of weird with him checkin me out the whole time but hey he is very nice and does his job well. I have thought about giving him my number to go have some drinks or play cards (he tells me that he loves to do that)" ...make sure he only wants to drink & play cards - you're a sitting duck, all of 21 and cute in 14A
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 19645 times:
99.999999% gay--or just don't know it yet. I can't think of a straight dude that would want to be a stewardess. But it's fine, I think the male f/a's are generally better in customer serivice and more willing to make small talk on longer flights.
But, it's not the type of job straight men would gravitate to (oh Dad...I wanna be a flight attendant!!!)...and yes that does sound a bit sexist..but it's true. Try finding a straight male manicurist!