meghan delta flight attendant

I’m sorry I haven’t written in so long, everyone! I have been coasting through mainline life and trying to stay under the radar while working my booty off! I hope you enjoy.— Meghan


Not many people are aware that I’ve always been New York City based and are even less aware that I’ve been in the same crashpad for the entire two+ years of my flying life. When I started at my regional two years ago, I had only visited New York once (for about six hours). I graduated from my regional training with 14 others and 10 of us were sent to NYC before the big hiring waves the majors did two years ago. I stumbled across my crashpad by chance at a time when the NYC crashpads were pretty empty. Now they are overflowing with new hires from American, JetBlue, Delta and all of the NYC based regionals. I was a scared new hire that had her mom in tow to go view crashpads. I put a deposit down on the first one I saw and that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my airline career. The woman that was running the crashpad took me under her experienced wings and listened to me when I had bad days. She helped me navigate the skies, and I am forever indebted to her. She probably has no idea how much of an impact she had on my life. Fast forward a year from the day I put my deposit down…I found myself wearing mainline wings and running my crashpad for my landlord. (Which means I handle tenant issues, fill empty beds, etc.) Another year has passed since I took charge, and I am finally at a point where I feel content with my fly life. This helps me to be better able to help those who reach out to me with questions and advice. I recently got a new hire in my crashpad that is overwhelmed with the flight attendant life adjustment and even though our paths haven’t crossed in the short time that she has been in my pad, the other flatmates mentioned how she was feeling. I found myself leaving her an encouraging note the other day before I jetsetted off. Even though we still have yet to meet, I understand the new hire struggle. It’s hard, scary and lonely. Then I realized, I wanted to write a blog post to all of the readers that are either going through training now or are just now finding themselves immersed in this new fly life…

Dear New Hire,
Congratulations on earning your wings and welcome to the good life! You have chosen an interesting and exciting path that you will find to be more challenging than you ever thought possible. You probably had no idea what to expect and are still trying to figure everything out. (Hint: there’s a lot more to it than just pouring Coke! 😉 ) There will be a lot of ups and downs (literally and emotionally.) You didn’t know it at the time but the “job” you just began is actually a lifestyle. You will know pretty quickly if you enjoy the flight attendant life or not. Somedays you will feel like you are on cloud nine and somedays you will find yourself overwhelmed by sadness. The lack of routine that initially attracted you to the job seemed appealing and fun will eventually loose it’s shine. Sometimes it’s really hard. You might not feel it yet, but the lack of normalcy and loneliness will creep up sooner or later. And when it does; keep your chin up. The job only gets better and it truly is what you make of it. Your job will take you to some amazing places, you’ll make some incredible friendships, and unforgettable memories. When you’re feeling down, just know that you’re on the right path. Then take a second to realize that so many people would love to be in your shoes. Take advantage of every layover and every fun crew. Work hard, be nice to people, use your benefits, and have a blast. Enjoy the crazy ride that is the flight attendant life.
I hope to see you in the friendly skies soon.

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