BWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13977 times:
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Over the next 11 hours, they will fly from Dallas to New York and back again, a routine that is clearly second nature to them. In all, the three represent nearly 70 years of flight attendant experience.
And today I am one of them.
In a behind-the-scenes look at the other side of air travel, I donned a navy suit and starched white shirt earlier this summer and became a flight attendant for two days. With the cooperation of American Airlines, I first went to flight attendant training school at the company’s Flagship University in Fort Worth, Tex., where I learned what to do in an onboard emergency, from how to open an emergency exit window on a 777 aircraft (it’s heavier than you may think) to operating a defibrillator (there are pictures to help you get the pads in the right place). I then flew three legs in two days: a round-trip journey between Dallas and New York, and then back to New York the next day.
LAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 8025 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13875 times:
Quoting BWI757 (Thread starter): Very well written, and accurately reflects many of the FA postings on this board. EWRCrew and all the rest, thanks for your hard work.
Very well written ideed! I have many friends who are FA's and they express the same sentiments. FA's deserve nothing but full respect from passengers and I for one try and give that to them on my frequent plane trips.
TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1846 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13658 times:
Very well written!
Here's the best part of the whole article.. .
"Who would have thought, after 30 years, that we'd be a flying 7-Eleven," said Becky Gilbert, a three-decade veteran of the industry. "You know, I mean we used to serve omelets and crepes for breakfast, and now it's 'Would you like to buy stackable chips or a big chocolate chip cookie for $3?'"
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
Glbltrvlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13072 times:
Quote: In between shifts, Jennifer shares a four-bedroom crash pad in Queens with other flight attendants. She sleeps in a so-called hot bed, bringing her own sheets and grabbing whichever of the 26 bunks is available when she arrives.
I'm trying to figure out how you fit 26 bunks in a 4 br apartment.
VIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13008 times:
Very well written and very bang on about the lifestyle (and yes it's more a lifestyle than a job). Sounds allot like my average 4 day trip just add about 2 to 3 more legs a day and the constant need of about 90% of the passenger telling me how small the plane is (even when there is only 20 on a 50 seat jet). I know the size of the plane, I've been working on it for the last 8 years and i'm pretty sure if you could get another 110 more people to travel this leg everyday, 365 days out of the year that it would be a S80 and we wouldn't be having this pointless conversation (thought, not actually said to the passengers).
Very nice article sorry about the little rant at the end.
Jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2938 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12866 times:
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Very interesting article. You never realize how hard the job is until you read articles like this. People think its easy but you figure you could deal with over 150 people times the the amount of legs of a journey times days and you have a big number. That means you deal with tons of people.
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ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 12693 times:
Quoting Glbltrvlr (Reply 7): I'm trying to figure out how you fit 26 bunks in a 4 br apartment.
4 bunks per bedroom, and 10 in the living room. Tight, but if it's literally a "crash pad" there won't be a TV, couch, etc.
I do wonder how many bathrooms the place has, though!
Interesting article, good perspective on the job and how it's changed over the years.
Of course, the author didn't have the heart to tell the 20+ year veteran that the reason you don't get looked at in the airport like you did is...well, because back then you were 20+ years younger, and probably pretty hot. The average age of a FA is much higher now than it was then, and FAs aren't hired for their looks any more. This isn't a bad thing, though!
Apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4349 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 12569 times:
Given what this job pays, and dealing with everything they have too, I am amazed that people still find this job glamorous and they seem to get way more applications than they have spots for. Doesn't make much sense to me.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 12451 times:
Quoting Apodino (Reply 11): Given what this job pays, and dealing with everything they have too, I am amazed that people still find this job glamorous and they seem to get way more applications than they have spots for. Doesn't make much sense to me.
Robsawatsky From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11634 times:
Quoting FlyMD (Reply 5): I remember the glory days of flying when it was really a treat and hope that I live to see those again.
They will return when the inflation-adjusted relative price of airlines fares is comparable to the "glory days". Which means, perhaps you will live to its return but not experience it unless your are also equally as relatively wealthy as the average passenger in the "glory days".
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11005 times:
Quoting Robsawatsky (Reply 13): They will return when the inflation-adjusted relative price of airlines fares is comparable to the "glory days". Which means, perhaps you will live to its return but not experience it unless your are also equally as relatively wealthy as the average passenger in the "glory days".
For better or for worse, that's true. Over and over again, the US airline passenger has told the market that it cares for about one thing and one thing only when selecting an airline: price. The only way that will change is if there is a tremendous reduction in capacity, in which case the airlines will be competing for a smaller number of travelers who are willing to pay a higher fare.
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9486 times:
Hardly undercover. It was a planned trip.
We read it as we went to TLV last night. We got a few good laughs out of it. Other than the 777 window exit error, it was well written.
As we are doing our fourth trip of four piggy-backed (get into EWR at 0444 and then leave that same night at 2135) TLV trips, we got the biggest laugh when she that one flight attendant was working his fourth day in a row. Four whole days. In a row. We have been working for 14 days in a row. We howled.
Wasn't so keen on the title of the article, kind of made it sound worse than it is, but the story was good.
Luv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1660 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7123 times:
Quoting Enilria (Reply 21):
The article said no s#x on the airplane and the crash pad is even more crowded, but if you are already interlocked I guess...
Lol I think you're allowed to say sex on a.net! I was making a reference to the poster who said getting all those beds in is like Tetris, since an interlocking row in tetris results in more space being created!
When you have to breaststroke to your connecting flight...it's a crash!
Peh From Australia, joined Nov 2006, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6894 times:
A thoroughly enjoying read. I especially like the point about people losing touch with humanity when they board a plane.
I'm sure that some people believe that boarding a plane makes them special, a VIP. I feel like pulling them aside and saying "mate, this is a big bus. It's going to get you from A to B and millions of other people will be doing the same thing today. Sit down and shut-up".