I am a DEN
based flight attendant. I live in the Los Angeles area. I commute home from work on all of my days off. It's a pretty easy commute, especially considering my airline's 6 daily flights to LAX
, 3 daily flights to SNA
, and my numerous jumpseat agreements to work with. Also, my company in particular happens to not have too many commuters from the L.A. area, as opposed to places like Phoenix/Tucson and a few cities in Texas. It's hard to do while on reserve since you don't have as many days off as hard lineholders and also because you're on call with crew scheduling. But once you have a hard line, the commute is sooooo much easier. As a hard lineholder, you know exactly where you're going and when one month in advance, and you can plan your commute accordingly.
The way I see it is like this: Instead of driving the 1-2 hours to work everyday in rush hour traffic for a 9-5 job, I fly 1-2 hours a day, 3-4 times a month, for a job that can potentially give me up to 20-22 days off a month (once I'm off reserve that is!)
Commuting is commonplace in the airline industry amongst pilots and flight attendants, although I have met a gate agent who commutes to work by airplane. It's all a matter of whether you're willing to commute or not, or live at your crew domicile. For me- I don't want to move to DEN
, so I choose to commute and it's just like driving home from work, only I'm flying.