Hi all...as a F/A for Alaska, I can say with confidence that there are, indeed, some very straight F/A's out there. As was mentioned prior, one can usually tell they're straight by their lack of customer service skills, as well as the shabby condition of their uniform. Also, I can't help but respond to Greg's comments regarding us 'stewardesses'. For the record, there are many flight attendants out there who, after closer inspection, would qualify as 'higher up the food chain'...not that it matters. IMHO, how one makes his/her income does not define that person...it is one tiny facet (and a fairly superficial one at that), much like one's sexual orientation. At least here at Alaska, there are a large number of us with college degrees....many with their master's and some with doctorates. At our small ANC
base alone (roughly 260 F/A's), we have two clinical psyhologists, two nurse practioners(sp?), several R.N.'s, and a myriad of others who have lives outside the metal tube. I know in SEA
, there is one M.D. who is a F/A for us, and we have an attorney as well. In addition to these "top of the food chain" folks, many of us do other things. Some teach, some own businesses, some, like myself, freelance (graphic design)...and some just have rich husbands. Many take advantage of the flexible schedules to take classes or work on degrees. For a lot of us, this job is a ticket to extreme flexibility (I only fly 2 days/week typically...PSP
layovers at the Hyatt? ORD
layovers at the 'W'? LAX
layovers at the Westin?), great flight benefits, health insurance, 401k, and a chance to do what many of us do best...take care of gems like yourself. But I won't get into all that here...that's what galleys are for. So while the job itself isn't as intellectually stimulating, perhaps, as whatever it is that you do...I would venture to guess that it is a lot more emotionally draining. Being nice all day is HARD work. Sorry for getting off on a tangent.
a young boy on a farm looks up at a jet flying overhead, and dreams of far away places...a businessman on the jet looks