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An Extraordinary New Year’s Eve Over Antarctica: One Cabin Crew’s Story

Nothing about this day would be anything less than extraordinary. As we 17 cabin crew strode in a pack the evening of December 31, we heard the upbeat musical patter of a six-piece jazz band and saw 300 VIPs mingling with 6-foot tall penguins. A 747-jumbo jet was being stocked in Melbourne, Australia with chilled […]

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“No Middle Runway:” Why A Career As A Flight Attendant Is A Bad Idea If You Only ‘Kinda Like It’

  It seems to be a divided road, or maybe I should say; ‘runway.’ Either people— observing us as flight attendants— wonder how in the world we can do this crazy job, or they observe us with wonder, secretly hoping to land a career as cabin crew. I think it’s rare for someone to think […]

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The Depressing State Of Commercial Aviation: A Letter To Air Travelers And Flight Attendants

To Whom It May Concern: I regret to inform you that the state of commercial aviation has no likelihood of improving. As ticket prices lower, security lines get longer, and more seats are squeezed into already cramped jets, your air travel experience will continue to trend in the direction of  “necessary evil” as opposed to […]

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My “Big Break:” How Life Can Drastically Change In A Matter Of Seconds

I looked down at my foot— snugly cornered between the neoprene velcro-strap and the board. Oddly, time slowed as I watched myself hit the water; a movement that violently snapped my ankle in an unnatural 90 degree angle. Later, the urgent care nurses, doctors, and x-ray techs would ask if I heard the bone snap. I […]

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“The Pain Of The Process:” When You Thought Becoming A Corporate Flight Attendant Would Be A Magical Unicorn Adventure…

It takes an hour and a half to get home from my work in The Valley and land back to my life at the beach. Today— from drive to finish— I cried pathetic alligator hiccupy tears into my iPhone; a patient, caring ear on the other end uncomplainingly listening (although he had been rudely interrupted […]

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What I Learned In My First Four Months In Corporate Aviation

I skimmed over the email quickly; shaking my head and clenching my jaw due to its contents. I could sense the fears and uncertainty beneath the words; a stranger reaching out for wisdom and comfort. And, I had nothing to say. I didn’t feel the compassionate support that they needed from me, because if the […]

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“Flying— On My Own Terms”

“Would you ever want to fly again?” I ask inquisitively. I find it somewhat surprising that I don’t know the answer to this question, or the real reason, that my father stopped flying as a full-time career. It’s something he loved. It’s something he went into; then went out of; and then went into again. […]

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“The Motions:” Because Nobody Loves ‘Mile 17’

“Awwww— I don’t like seeing you like this,” he said with concern in his voice. I pursed my lips and sighed. Just be happy. Find what you can be thankful for in this situation. Practice patience. I repeat this to myself daily. I chastise myself for complaining about my first world problems. I wonder whether […]

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The Ultimate Trip Of A Lifetime: Giving Yourself Permission To “Belong Anywhere”

I smirked as I witnessed the awkward uncertainty of the men surrounding the table at a high end Santa Monica restaurant. Emily and I had showed up unexpectedly; a blonde and a brunette following on the heels of a 6’4″ South African aircraft sales director. He was invited; and so, between Emily’s beautiful hair, the […]

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“Life Envy:” How To Deal When Everyone Else’s Adventure Appears Better Than Your Own

I looked out over the sun glinting against the Pacific— the chill of February slipping beneath my light hoodie as I quietly contemplated his question. I can’t even remember the question now, but I remember my answer. “Honestly, It’s been really difficult…” The words faded quietly into a smirk and shake of my head. “Difficult in a […]

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