I felt out of place.A� Waiting in line, in regular clothes, in this location, seemed unnatural. A�I purposely left my fancy juice concoctions unpacked. A�I emptied my bottled of VOSS waterA�pre-security, and watched as CREW cut in front of me in line. A�I pulled my laptop out of my bag, put ballerina flats flat on the screening belt, toes collecting fungus from millions of foreign feets. A�The radiation penetrated through the layers of clothing loosely hanging from my body. A�I was up too early in the am for the stark reality of it all. A�I was a passenger again. A�A real, regular passenger.

Airport traveler

Don’t know how I feel about this

Along with my absolutely adorable new uniformI lost all my free flight benefits. A�

Norwegian Long Haul Cabin Crew Uniforms

Exibit A

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No more showing up at the airport, deciding if I should go to Iceland, Mexico, or Hawaii today. A�No more missed flights, withA�back-up plans, for the back-up plans, for the back-it-up plans. A�It’s kind of shocking that I would give up a benefit that I used so extensively, that I completely based my lifestyle on– it was life defining.

Istanbul

Istanbul

Tallinn Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

The Alaska Train

Alaska Adventures

But to truly experience a life full of adventure, one MUST accept the fluidity of being alive- that change is constantly occurring, and that it is essential to embrace what appears next, even when good has been relinquished. A�Whenever a trade is made, something given up, there becomesA�room for something better to replace the missing.

I’ve been grounded for over five weeks, which was almost welcomed following aA�couple of months of airplanes every single day, seven days a week. A�My days away from flights and airports have caught up with me. A�I think I’ve forgotten all travel savvinessA�I ever learned. A�I didn’t pack my waterless hand sanitizer, or my socks. A�Items that I never forget! A�I wear sandals, or any type of slip on shoe, and bring socks, as planes are exactly like industrial sized walk in freezers, preserving travelers for a later date. A�I always bring a blanket too. A�Always. A�All day on airplanes means comfort is a must!

Sleep

Never know when you are going to need to snuggle up

I don’t like traveling as a passenger, with the restricting passenger rules. A�I don’t know how those regulars handle it. A�It really bothers me that I am not allowed to bring my Almond Coconut Milk with me, and my Beet, Carrot, and Kale Juice was actually needed to balance out the Save The Endangered Animals Dark Chocolate I nibbled on between watching my nerdy entrepreneurial podcast, and the naps. A�I don’t like waiting in the lines. A�And paying for bags?! A�That’s annoying too. A�Since I am on this rant already, I will add that airport food is gross.

No wonder passengers are grumpy when they finally reach my smiling face at the aircraft door.

Flight Attendant Problems

I would be grumpy too.

 

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