jetBlue pays me very well as a flight attendent. Our hourly rate is excellent and they cap hours at 150 per month. My mother at Northwest will max out at 85 per month. So the potential to make some serious $$$ at jetBlue is there. At 22 years old and as a 2nd year f/a at jetBlue, I made $47,000 for 2003 - but I worked hard - trust me. That includes per diem, over time, lead pay, etc. Plus my profit sharing contribution of $8,000 to my 401K (17% of your eligible pay). This is a great place to work.
As for "rush/expedite" tags - we have 'em. Its an industry standard. When I worked my first year at jetBlue as an agent in Oakland, our first cancellation on May 4th, 2001 was because a worldwide agent (contract ramp) had hit our a/c with a bag cart. We canceled the flight and rebooked pax on United full fare (OAK
). I personally, along with other ramp and customer service crew, wrote out Rush/Expedite tags at 6am in the rain on the ramp and humped those bags onto the beltloader as UA
rampers loaded the B737. United, believe it or not, actually took a few minutes delay to assist in accomadating our passengers and loading the bags.... In times of need, I believe most airlines (or local airport 'co-workers') will help each other out and try to get passengers where there need to go and not necessary place profit first...
If a bag is really lost, by the time we find and locate it, it only makes sense to put in our flight and deliver it to our own BSO instead of relying on another airline to handle it. Heck, watch us 'RUSH/EXPEDITE' it on Delta and it'd probably get lost all over again...
"Sucka, I'm gonna send you out on Knuckle Airlines. Fist Class!!" ~ Mr. T