skyhigh777
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Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:31 am

Quick question:

I was flying to Cancun the other day on USA3000 airlines (great airline by the way) and the FA's told me that they flew from Ft. Meyers to IAD and then IAD-CUN and then back to IAD to do a turn around ending in Ft. Meyers (where they were all based). It is a very long day for them, but I noticed once we got to IAD that they disembarked with their luggage to go through immigration. If they started out the morning in Ft. Meyers and ended at night in Ft. Meyers why do they need luggage? They aren't doing any layovers anywhere and end up going back home. I always see FA's for regional airlines carrying luggage as well, is there anything other than clothing that they take in those suitcases? Does the airline require them to always carry suitcases with them? It just seems strange, sorry if it's a bit of an ignorant question to ask, but any responses would be helpful to aid in my curiosity!
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:34 am

I'd bring enough things in case I couldn't get back. Maintenance issue, staffing problem, delay, whatever. There's always a chance you might not get back the same day.

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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:37 am

Exactly. You need to be prepared for a delay or cancelation, and be able to be clean and professional the next day when you return.
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:38 am

We do carry luggage in case we get rerouted by crew scheduling or if there's a mechanical somewhere. I've known of colleagues who were assigned a one day trip which turned into an eight day one.
 
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:41 am

So I guess it is a "just in case" suitcase they pack? Funny, sounds similar to how I pack my carry on "just in case" the airline accidentaly loses my checked bags....which has happened to me many times  

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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:26 am

I take a 'cabin bag' with me which contains my waistcoat, and paperwork I sometimes need, the safety stuff I am required to carry, something to eat, my copy of Harry potter, my car keys etc, my hi vis. Some things are really important = paperwork, safety stuff, Harry potter, but most of the stuff I carry I could live without but take just in case
 
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:32 am

Like all astute travelers, they anticipate problems and are fully prepared to deal with them.
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:03 am

I was in Las Vegas for the entire week of 9/11 stuck on a trip. One flight attendant did not bring her bag because she was on a turn around. She did not even bring her check book or credit cards. Needless to say the rest of us took her to Old Navy and got her out of the damn navy blue dress ! Then we all went to the pool and enjoyed our week.

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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:37 am

On interisland flights on AQ and HA (all trips start/end in HNL) I have noticed that most F/A's just have their purse/backpack and small roller bag at most...probably just for the manual/safety stuff and some food.

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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:56 am

It depends on the FA on whether or not they want to be prepared for the "just in case" scenarios.

Many FA's who fly turns regularly tend to just bring their turn bags...usually a small roller tote. They carry the bare minimum- manual, company required items, food, etc.

Some FA's, especially those who know all too well from being stranded in other cities- even though they were doing just turns, pack a roller bag at the least. It's not too difficult to roll around a roller bag on your trips just in case your trip ends up being extended unexpectedly. It would be nice to be able to have just a small and light tote bag to bring everyday if you were doing just turns, but I'd rather be safe just in case.

Those of us in the industry know very well how things don't always go as planned. Weather is a big item in changing the plans of an airline's daily operation. It depends on whether or not one would like to have a few changes of clothes, undergarments, toiletries, running shoes, swim trunks/swimsuit, etc. should they be stranded some where.  Smile

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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:58 am

im not a flight attendant, but i do know of the wildness of cancellations and aircraft problems. crew, just like passengers, can become stranded in one spot just like that. so its best to be prepared for anything. especially when mother nature gets pissed off lol
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:19 pm

Well I guess the way things are in the industry now, it would make sense for a Flight Attendant to bring some food in his/her bag so they dont have to pay for those damn "Buy on Board" meals  Wink
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:38 pm

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
I always see FA's for regional airlines carrying luggage as well, is there anything other than clothing that they take in those suitcases?

Is there any reason why regional f/a's would be less likely to carry luggage with them than their counterparts at major airlines?
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:45 pm

When I was an F/A they stressed to us in training that things don't always go as planned.

For months I flew EWR-MSY turns, and always had an overnight "kit" with me just in case.
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skyhigh777
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:46 am

Well by regional I just mean that they are more likely to be doing turn around flights than mainline FA's since regional flights are exactly that...regional.
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:46 am

And for sure, part of the suitcase....The flight attendant manual.....Which always travel in the cabin.....
 
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:51 am

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Thread starter):
If they started out the morning in Ft. Meyers and ended at night in Ft. Meyers why do they need luggage?

Because you are never guaranteed that you'll end up back at home the same day. Weather, mechanical and other unforseen circumstances would leave you with dirty drawers!
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:29 am

I won't leave on a trip without enough stuff for 3 days even if I am flying a turn. It's Murphys' Law...the day I go out with my tote bag carrying just my manual, keys, flashlight, passport, ID and wallet (which is what one would need to do a turn) I will be reassigned to do a three day...guaranteed!!
 
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RE: Do Flight Attendants Always Need To Carry Luggage?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:50 am

You could get called to duty another flight somehwere else and then layover. Just precautionary.

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