Airlines

50 posts
What Personality Trait Makes A ‘Great’ (Not Just ‘Good’) Flight Attendant?

Since leaving commercial aviation as an international cabin crew member and jumping into the world of corporate aviation as a private cabin attendant, there is a question that I have been curiously flipping around my consciousness. This is an inquiry that I have tossed out for the career-term private cabin attendants to answer. As “the […]

0 2
9 Reasons Why Quitting “The Airline” Wasn’t A Mistake

I’m writing this because I could go on and on about what I miss about flying internationally for the European Airline. (Also, I could go on and on about the missing, because I’m writing this while flying on my old airline as a passenger). I give myself a gentle pat of consolation and a quiet […]

0 1
I Love My New ‘Crew:’ Why Working With Good Crewmembers Makes Any Job Amazing

“Yes!” “Absolutely!” “Please— What can I do to help you?” “Thank you for all your hard-work.” “What do you need?” “How are you doing?” These are the questions and statements that I have been hearing on a daily basis from my new inflight management, ground-girl colleagues, and even the cabin servers (the proper name at […]

0 3
Taking Flight And Having It Taken Away: One Flight Attendant’s Story Of Being “Unfit To Fly”

“Once you’ve taken flight, it’s the hardest thing to live with both feet on the ground.” —Amélie Being a flight attendant became part of my identity almost instantly. I started flying with an international airline about a year ago. In that short amount of time, I climbed The Great Wall of China in Beijing, spent el […]

0 2
Flight Attendants & Pilots Can’t Avoid “The Long Distance Relationship” (But Date Them Anyway)

“You do realize that— as long as you work for this company— any relationship you choose to be in will be long distance, right? Or, at least, the relationship will always have an element of that.” The space between us lay quiet for a minute while the weight of my words settled into his consciousness. This […]

0 6
Sleep: A Tribute To Flight Crews’ Favorite Lover

I wake up startled— blurry-eyed and confused— strange due to the fact that I’ve been in the same timezone for a record-breaking two months now. Although, I’m feeling very much claustrophobic by the reality of ‘staying in one place,’ there are many benefits to my “normal-boring” schedule. I’ve lost weight; even though I don’t eat […]

0 1
Too Close: A Flight Attendant’s Thoughts On The Ft Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Please note: I was not there during the time of the incident, so these are simply my distant reactions. With Love, Kara My mind starts a sprint; ferociously running through anyone I know who could have been at Ft Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Friday morning. The time and Terminal 2 decreases the possibility that […]

0 1
Enroute: Reflecting On My First Month Working In Private Aviation

December 21st marked my one-month ‘Workaversary’ as a Ground Attendant for a large private aviation company. Just as my job title hints; I am grounded. Although a former and experienced commercial cabin crew member, and legally qualified to work as a private flight attendant, I have a lot to learn in the field of corporate […]

1 0
“The Angel in 22B:” The Life Changing Moments All Around Us

One thing that I can say from my experience as a flight attendant is that bad days do exist. Although most days are pretty awesome— just gallivanting around the globe— the bad days do come and when they do, they can be extremely exhausting. Coming from someone who considers himself an extremely positive person, getting […]

0 14
“Draw The Plane:” Unique Perspectives Of A Frequent Air Traveler In A Book

It’s possible that Joseph Mayernik has flown on more flights than I have. For 20 years, he has been capturing a story from the perspective of his airline seat— and subsequently the stories of flight attendants, other business travelers, and vacationers—by sketching what he sees. As a talented Creative Director traveling from coast-to-coast and city-to-city, […]

0 3