Spoon04
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What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:10 am

As a former airline employee (legacy carrier w/ 17 years seniority) I worked my fair share of airport positions - including baggage service (uggh). However, all of the various positions I worked were included in the agent/labor catgegory. Combining union/non-union/labor category IN ADDITION to management positions, I'm curious as to the most dreaded, most hated, most despised ,and most distasteful job position within the entire scope of the airline industry. Your comments please...
 
jamotcx
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:15 am

I'd have to say the guy that empties the loos.

YUK!


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xjramper
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:17 am

Having to deal with the traveling public... Laugh out loud

Seriously though, there seems to be a balance between all aspects of the job. Although I would much rather stay "behind the scenes" I love working the counter because I love dealing with the people. So I guess the simple explaination would be:
There is no aspect of airline industry that I see titled "dreaded, most hated, most despised ,and most distasteful job.

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OPNLguy
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:22 am

Years ago, I heard being Frank Lorenzo's food taster wasn't an especially popular position...  Big grin
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Sabena332
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:26 am

I would say that it is every job with direct customer contact, no matter what went wrong or who caused it, you are the target of complaints.

So far I have worked in the revenue accounting department and in the marketing department of two different airlines, by end of this year I will again change my job, then I will work in the customer service department, I already predict that it will be much worse than my current job but I don't care because payment and location are alright this time  Big thumbs up.

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Lindy
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:28 am

The guy who empties the loos is Ramper. That's not the worst job, but is very tough.

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soups
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:34 am

most people will think baggage handler... would like 2 get close like them to the a/c  Smile/happy/getting dizzy and being nosey where the bags are coming and going (i.e transiting)
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:57 am

Sorry to the rampers but I think that is the worst job in aviation. Having said that some would say that mine was the worst job. So what I am saying is there is no worst job in aviation. It all depends on what you are looking for and at.

Greasespot
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AmericanAirFan
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:04 am

Maybe i might be being hypocritical here cause I'm only 13 , but i wouldnt want to be a flight atendant and help out with the little minors.

But me im good to the F/A so they dont get mad at me on my loooong flight from AUS-SJC  Big thumbs up
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Refueler1974
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:10 am

I would have to say the rampers have the worst end...if there is a "worst" end. They are the ones out there in all types of weather year-round....and they are the ones stuck with flushing and filling the lavs....
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:54 am

I think that the worst job would have to be working in the lost baggage office. The only reason people come in there is something went wrong and they want answers. The people that work in that office are probuably the most underappreciated.
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nzblue
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:56 pm

I sympathize with the front end check-in and gate agents for dealing with irate passengers all day!

All you guys out there that do this, regardless of the airline you work for... HATS OFF TO YOU! ...and thanks for keeping your cool!

Cheers!

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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:51 pm

"Having to deal with the traveling public..."
I agree, especially those real snooty ones
The cleaners, FA's to a certain extent as they have to do a few unpleasent tasks.
 
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Thu Jul 01, 2004 9:23 pm

Having worked at almost every position at the airport i would have to say Baggage Service is the worst... By its very nature it is only dealing with a problem. No one is ever happy that stands in that line. I have never heard of a passenger waiting to Thank a Baggage agent for getting the bag there ontime before they left the airport...
 
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Fri Jul 02, 2004 1:30 am

best job in the airline industry:

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FRASYD
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:01 am

Wouldn't vote for the baggage handlers... Although it surely wouldn't be my favourite, the chance of being so close to a/c is a pro for that job.

I hate every job at the airport where you sit in an office without ramp-view... that sucks really bad 'cause you hear the planes but don't have a chance to see them...  Sad
 
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:50 am

Equipment change. I do this nightly. Face the passengers upon pulling the a/c up to the gate and walking up the jet bridge.
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Fri Jul 02, 2004 12:24 pm

For me, ramp worker. In the summer its hot and rainy, the winter its cold and snowy, its hell for your ears and you have to move all of those heavy bags.

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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Fri Jul 02, 2004 12:37 pm

My son has been fascinated by anything having to do with aviation since he was old enough to hold his head up and see planes overhead. We'd stay at hotels near airports while traveling. Often the measure of a vacation was not how many states we visited, but by the airports he 'bagged.' We'd visit the terminals, drive the perimeters, and often were given tours of ATC towers, ramps, and cockpits. We talked with lots of folks from the curb to the sky.

He honed his skills with the camera, and has uploaded many shots to the anet database. He is currently pursuing an aviation management/flying ops degree in college, and is halfway through his commercial rating. His love has never waned.

The one thing that particularly struck me after speaking to various kinds of employees throughout the aviation industry is that EVERYONE seemed to love their job.

I know there are those who have to deal with upset passengers, pilots who really would like to be flying a different aircraft or from the left seat, and controllers who are probably too stressed too many days. But, in general, they all seemed to love their job. There aren't too many professions that can boast such a high rating in that regard. I certainly can't think of any.

They love their job so much that they're happy to share it with anyone else who has some interest, as they did with my son. I thank all the folks through the years for that wonderful gift.

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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Sat Jul 03, 2004 1:24 am

Working in the Lost Baggage department isn't too bad. I did it for a few years and although people do say horrible things, curse you and place death threats on you after a very short time you don't hear it and realize that to get the job done you just have to be diplomatic and cool headed. I just found it boring dealing with bags when I wanted to be dealing with aircraft.

Out of all the jobs I had to do the worst one for me was loading bags on aircraft as you go to pick up a light bag and suddenly realize it weighs more than you do. My back ached like mad the whole time.

I prefer jobs where I can avoid passengers. Being in the cabin for hours must be hell!
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Sat Jul 03, 2004 3:58 am

The "blue crew" is by far the worst.....
followed by fleet service (plane cleaners)...
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RE: What's The Worst Job In The Airline Industry?

Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:17 am

I have to agree with Lav Truck Driver and Cabin Cleaners. I only ever had to dump a lav once, and that was it; I cleaned cabins several days a week for about 2 months and had a love-hate relationship with the job.. Cleaning the cabins suck because some people are just disgusting. Nothing like having to pull a dirty diaper or a barf bag from the seat pocket, or having to switch out a seat cushion dirtied with some foul stench. And the way some of the lavs get is pretty awful too, like people purposely make a mess. Maybe airlines need to install pay toilets; if you're too cheap to use it, we'll get you a bottle.......

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