Flight Attendant Stories

30 posts
Stretch: Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ flying?

I curl up in my bed at my parent’s farmhouse and wrap my arms tightly around my body; ducking my head between my shoulders as if shielding an incoming attack. “Going back to bed?” my dad asks in a tone of slight amusement as he walks into the space to tell me goodbye. I’m leaving […]

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Love Built An Airline

I find myself asking the same question that a confused reader wrote ‘Dear Sugar.’ ‘Dear Sugar,’ backed by the devotion of Cheryl Strayed, anonymously bares her heart and soul— vulnerably and authentically— to answer inquiries on life, love, loss, and whatever topic the submitted email asks to discuss. With grace and wisdom, ‘Dear Sugar’ handles the […]

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Staying sane when a flight attendant schedule means ‘no schedule.’

It was 6am, in whatever mid-western city I happened to wake up in that morning. My phone brightly blinked awake as an incoming text vibrated an announcement. “Do you have an India Visa?” The words strung together on the screen as the most exciting and unexpected interruption I could have NEVER imagined to happen that […]

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When the magic wears off…

By Jasmyne H. “Hammonds? Standby passenger Hammonds? Please approach the podium for your seat assignment.” It’s the moment most flight attendants live for. The sweet sound of hearing a gate agent call your name to let you know that you have a seat. After all, standby travel is one of the biggest perks of the […]

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I’m a flight attendant and I don’t want to travel 

My definition of travel has adapted throughout the years; since beginning my employment in the aviation industry. Many pilots and cabin crew—who have been ‘lifers of the skies’— will mention that the last thing that they want to do is get on an airplane and go someplace on their days off. I’m not there yet. […]

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The Introverted Flight Attendant in an Extroverted Sky: When TOO many people are in TOO much of your time

I find myself drained, reclusive, and wanting to ‘disappear’ from the world. I spend hours hiding in my room in the beautiful 4-bedroom ocean-view home where I rent a room. I’ve lived here for so long that the woman who owns the house, Sybil, knows how I crave (and need) to be alone. Most probably […]

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What Billionaires Taught A Flight Attendant About Achieving ‘Impossible’ Goals

By Griffin Bruehl So you get a trip. It’s a 12-hour flight from Paris to Tokyo. You are carrying six passengers and four crew; including yourself. All beds in the cabin are filled and your crew rest seat is now occupied by the relief pilot. You are serving 4-course meals for ten people periodically throughout […]

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Don’t Date Pilots

I only titled this piece as such, because I thought you would read it if I told you not to date pilots. Really, this blog is called “Love + A Box Of Crackerjacks.” I hope you read it anyway. —Kara “Darling, you’re like the prize in a box of crackerjacks. You’re why we buy crackerjacks […]

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Community: Finding your ‘tribe’ as a commercial flight attendant

Thank God for my flight attendant friends. They’re why this job is bearable sometimes. For those who are reading this and thinking: “If you aren’t passionate about it, you should find a new job.” I’m going to stop you right there. Thank you for your opinion but walk a few miles in my heels— up […]

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Unfair

I often forget she isn’t American, but in moments, her voice echoes a backstory of fascinating and faraway places. “Sometimes it’s just so hard to communicate when English isn’t my first language,” she will tiredly sigh. “Especially, when I haven’t slept.” It’s in these moments that I am reminded that— no matter how much you […]

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