I've made it a point to talk to my FAs when possible (on short legs like CAE
for instance) and I've found they all report the same reasons for the most part - the fact that their employers treat them as little more as expendable rather than lift them to the level of intangibles that are part and parcel with the experience. Look no further than the thread "AA Flight Attendant Tells All"
to see what I mean from someone who's been there and who says it better than I ever could.
The second main reason is they feel unappreciated by passengers as well. In Lhr001's little fantasy world where he was a flight attendant we're witness to an uhealthily servile relationship between passenger and FA
. FAs are being subjected to more and more boorish behavior regardless of which cabin they're serving. Instances of drunk and surly passengers, violence against flight attendants and just plain unmentionable behavior are rising along with a society-wide decline in manners. As FAs are cursed, assaulted, and abused by passengers, any normal human, Lhr001's concocted stories aside, would by nature be put in a bad mood. I've witnessed FAs yelled at and cussed out for making reasonable
requests or having to inform passengers of bad news. A few months ago I was on a USAirways flight from CAE
being operated by PSA. The flight occurred the day Hurricane Isabel made landfall and as a result, we were diverted to PIT
after the weather radar failed. As our FA
went through the cabin to inform us of what happened I got to bear witness to the FA
being yelled at by a husband and wife because "this little diversion" would make them late for some horribly important event or another. I would hardly place the FA
at blame if he was in a bad mood, but he didn't let it show. Unfortunately not all of us are as thick-skinned as others and we see nasty FA
"pranks" as a result.
Nonetheless, I'm sure if we all took a moment to tell our FAs - REAL FAs unlike some who frequent a.net and make that claim - then the incidence or FAs responding to boorish behavior with more boorish behavior would decrease.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.