Jade Wilson
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‘The Latest:’ Planes & Poetry by Jade

Editor’s Note: The day that Jade sent me this poem, I found an email in my inbox with the following words. I had been wondering when she would write again and hoping she would. I love Jade’s words, maybe because I can’t write like she; maybe because she finds a beautiful way to be vulnerable. […]

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Don’t Marry Old Captains

if you find yourself with a man who wears his anger like a bruise left long ago by his stepfather’s fist and his first wife’s infidelities I suggest you take every loving piece of you that wants to help him heal and run don’t walk Every fragment of your being will pay the price for […]

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Planes & Poetry

By J. Wilson Smeared lipstick & spray tan on bedsheets. Secrets kept in hotel rooms in the cobwebbed cities we fly into. But you’re an LA & I’m more of a Denver A Pinterest to your Tinder Marlboro Reds and Ambien- An entire year of them Living off of energy drinks and protein bars Jesus. […]

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I Want You To Stay: An Open Letter To The Runaway Flight Attendant

Faster. Farther away. Run. Fly. Go. I push my foot down on the accelerator and drive off. I push my car up to the speed limit and then just over the limit, daring somebody to stop me. The sky is dark and the clouds gather as I get on the highway, taking me away from home. […]

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Finding Your Balance

  You had plans. …and then you got stuck in Oakland. In Oslo. In Omaha, Nebraska. Weather. Aircraft swap. Maintenance. Flow. Crew rest. Staffing insufficiencies. Reflowed. Repositioned. Everything but returning home. And that special someone is left sitting at a table for two, the complimentary bread getting cold and the server tapping his or her […]

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Why Working For A Regional Airline Will Be The Best Time of Your Life

  The van door slams shut and we are ready to go to the airport. Well, “ready” is a relative term. It’s 4:45am in Sitka, Alaska, and barely light even in the late-summer season. The cold nips through a van full of polyester skirts and starchy pilot uniforms. We yawn into our paper cups of […]

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Missed Approach: When Being A Flight Attendant Is About More Than Just Diet Cokes

The day started off pretty normal. I had picked up an easy day trip, or a local as we call them. I would show up at the airport at 10:30am, fly a quick roundtrip from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska and back, and be back in town by 4:30pm in time for drinks with friends. Easy […]

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Seven Things You Leave Behind When You Become A Flight Attendant

You gain so much when you enter this industry. Flight benefits, allowing you to fly all over the country, the continent and the world. The ability to stand in front of dozens or even hundreds of people and tell them how to be safe. Confidence in yourself and the knowledge that you could help save lives […]

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A Day In The Flight Attendant Life: What Working As A Regional Flight Attendant Is Really Like

This may come as a surprise, but flight attendants’ day-to-day lives differ wildly. There are sixteen crew member long-haul trips, small low-cost carrier airlines, and then there are single flight attendant regional “puddle jumper” flights. What your job looks like all depends on the size of your airline, aircraft type and aviation laws of whichever country […]

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Staying Grounded: Nine Reasons Not to Fly

Let me start by saying one thing: Life isn’t always about soaring above the clouds. There are moments when the fog is heavy, everything seems to be distorted and it’s hard to see what lies ahead. You have to slow down, take your time and maybe even stop flying for a little while. For flight […]

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