Dear Passenger,

I’d like to honestly say that it was nice to see you today, but really, I could have gone without the introduction.  It’s not your fault.  I know you are here to fly, and I know I am here for you, but today, I am struggling.  My patience is nonexistent, and I am so tired.  I realize that this is not your problem.  I see that your focus needs to be how your luggage will fit in the overhead locker, and no, I cannot not lift that bag for you.  Yeah…today you and I are not off to a great start.

I know that I am supposed to be bubbly, smily, cute, and so happy to be on this plane, but you are the fifth flight full of persons that I have seen today, and I want no more of this ‘Can of Pringles in the Sky.’  It’s not you, it’s me.  For the record, I don’t like Pringles, and if I hear ONE more call light pressed so that I can pick up your trash or because you didn’t bring games for your child to play, I may pop!  “That button is not a toy!”

It was supposed to be my day off actually, but scheduling lassoed me in.  They tend to do that and unfortunately you are the one that suffers.  I suffer too, if that’s any consolation.  If my smile is strained, it’s not because you are the 20th person who has asked me, “What do you have to drink?”  Although I find this question annoying by now, because most people in this century can read picture menus, I understand everyone has an off-day.  I really wish I had one of those right now as I need a vacation.  I proceed to tell you that we are out of chicken and you throw a fit.  Your off-day has turned into a bad day.  Join the club.

I truly am forcing one of the most genuine grins that I can muster.  This takes practice, and I have a lot of smile forcing practice.  I only got three hours of sleep last night, and it’s not because I was out partying.  Oh how I wish.   I live an all-the-time jet lagged life, and it hurts both of us.  It hurts my health and it hurts your positive travel experience.  Oh yeah, I have also been subsisting on chocolate candy bars and coffee all day.  This is not healthy.  Do not do live like this.

I hope you will forgive me for not being the image of a perfect flight attendant today.  I am about 90 percent sure that I will have a chance to redeem myself, probably in twenty more minutes when I enter round six and see the next group of passengers.

Happy flying and many apologies,

Your Lovely Flight Attendant

Dreamliner 787 Boeing Airplane

  • Pamela Adamson

    You have put on a otherwise frownie face.

    March 7th, 2015 22:01
  • Precious

    Oh my , I often have days like this and feel so guilty at the end of a flight for not giving my best smile and being genuenly nice to passengers , which is what I pride myself on ( it’s been even more difficult now that I fly the largest passenger plane in the world) fixing the smile can become difficult after the 400th person. . Its great to know that someone else feels this way.

    Love the way you wrote this so create. Love your blog.

    March 16th, 2015 7:31
  • sara

    By reading ur blog I felt really good cause I’m a flight attendant too, and realized that it’s not only me who sometimes feels fatigue and exhausted when flying and it’s just something common about us ☺

    July 1st, 2015 12:44

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