Posts tagged "pilots"

Flight Attendants & Pilots Can’t Avoid “The Long Distance Relationship” (But Date Them Anyway)

“You do realize that— as long as you work for this company— any relationship you choose to be in will be long distance, right? Or, at least, the relationship will always have an element of that.” The space between us lay quiet for a minute while the weight of my words settled into his consciousness. This […]

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I Want You To Stay: An Open Letter To The Runaway Flight Attendant

Faster. Farther away. Run. Fly. Go. I push my foot down on the accelerator and drive off. I push my car up to the speed limit and then just over the limit, daring somebody to stop me. The sky is dark and the clouds gather as I get on the highway, taking me away from home. […]

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Remember The Pilots—A Tribute To The ‘Other’ Crew

Often— as a collective group— flight attendants don’t speak well of cockpit crew and often, this is for good reason. I’ve trusted the wrong types; the ones who have a character less than best, a humor less than appropriate, and a reputation that more than precedes their arrivals. The profession, Pilot, carries with it a certain stereotype […]

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Cabin Crew Christmas Traditions: Talia’s Story

  What does Christmas as a Flight Attendant look like for me? Honestly, not much has changed. I grew up in a single parent house hold for the majority of my childhood, so Christmas was always a little different for me. My mom did her best to try to make Christmas traditions for us, but […]

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The Holiday Rush: What Working As A Flight Attendant On Christmas is Really Like

I can hear three different Holiday songs, seemingly competing for loudness. And obnoxiousness. There are people and presents and insanely large suitcases that keep bumping into me. The normal hum of the airport has become an overwhelming buzz of frantic travelers running from security to their gate, shoes in hand, Starbucks coffee sloshing all over […]

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That Moment When…

That moment when everything is hilarious and confusing. I was supposed to be in Salt Lake City tonight. No, wait. Maybe Boise? But instead I’m in Los Angeles going to work in a different base, working my way to San Diego. (And yes, I’ve been in San Diego more times than I can count this […]

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#theFAlifeCELEBRATES: Hanukkah on Sixth Street and St Nicks in San Diego

It’s four-thirty in the afternoon on December 6 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the sun is starting to set. The golden rays come in through the windows and settle on my crew of four, standing at a tiny table, inhaling some Texas tacos and waiting for our airplane to arrive. It’s day two of our […]

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Why Working For A Regional Airline Will Be The Best Time of Your Life

  The van door slams shut and we are ready to go to the airport. Well, “ready” is a relative term. It’s 4:45am in Sitka, Alaska, and barely light even in the late-summer season. The cold nips through a van full of polyester skirts and starchy pilot uniforms. We yawn into our paper cups of […]

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When The Friendly Skies Are Too Friendly

I remember being dizzy with exhaustion. I remember feeling so disconnected— more tired than usual after working a ten hour flight—but, I had agreed to go with this pilot to his boat that was a few hours by train away from my layover city. I saw it as an adventure. I figured this pilot was […]

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Missed Approach: When Being A Flight Attendant Is About More Than Just Diet Cokes

The day started off pretty normal. I had picked up an easy day trip, or a local as we call them. I would show up at the airport at 10:30am, fly a quick roundtrip from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska and back, and be back in town by 4:30pm in time for drinks with friends. Easy […]

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