Posts tagged "travel job"

What Personality Trait Makes A ‘Great’ (Not Just ‘Good’) Flight Attendant?

Since leaving commercial aviation as an international cabin crew member and jumping into the world of corporate aviation as a private cabin attendant, there is a question that I have been curiously flipping around my consciousness. This is an inquiry that I have tossed out for the career-term private cabin attendants to answer. As “the […]

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A Photo Diary: Seven Years Of ‘Flight Attendant Life’

Sometimes, words fall short; failing to really convey an experience, place, or journey. So often, we as human beings are struck so deeply by the magic of a moment, we have little to speak. Sometimes a picture must represent what English cannot, and even sometimes, photos fail to grasp the magnitude of travel.  I feel that […]

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1963 Threw Up Here

My pillbox hat teeters precariously as the caravan of precocious suitcases— large, medium, small, and hand-baggage size— swarm me like a hive of angry Africanized bees. Definitely not docile, I fight the largest piece of luggage over the lip between the lift and Floor Four, as a man with an exorbitant amount of tattoos silently observes […]

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What It Feels Like To Go To Training

That first day of training; I had forgotten what it feels like. Like knots in your stomach. Like you want to say a thousand words whenever you open your jaw, but somehow are only able to squeak out your name and a big stupid grin. Like you sit more upright than you have ever sat […]

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The Mundane

Yesterday, I had a passenger smoke her eCigarette in the lav causing an emergency signal to be sent to the cockpit. I was flight leader, so naturally; I had to handle it. Today, we were delayed for an hour due to weather. While I’m serving drinks to first class, an issue arises with a passenger. […]

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“What Do You Want?”

“What do you want?” I asked pointedly— the words digitally etched into existence. The text message had a haunting feel to it, as if the question should have been directed at me instead of the stranger who had messaged me out-of-the-blue after obtaining my number from a mutual airline friend. This stranger worked for my […]

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Flight Attendant Tip: Just Remember ‘The Essentials’

“Where did you just fly in from?” the baggage agent said in response to my question of where my kite bag would turn up in the baggage claim area. “Ft Lauderdale,” I responded with assurance. “No—Where. Did. You. Fly. IN. From?” “Ft Lauderdale,” I repeated again, with sure conviction. I think I noticed an eye-roll […]

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A Good Kind Of Tired

I felt it—this sense of peace and internal contentment—all amidst an extremely exhausted body. I never feel this way after flying, I think. Not anymore. I never feel this exact sense of ‘accomplished happy.’ The tired experienced from flying is an all too familiar headache-y induced fuzz, and it hurts. It hurts in a different way than I am […]

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The Flight Attendant Grind

0300 Wake-ups. Plane after plane. Grumpy passenger after mean one. Prefaced by smelly person with ending credits that of another rude human. Normally, you are good at handling the circus of long days of flying, crowded airports, and TSA, but currently, all you keep thinking is, “I can’t even…”  You can’t even because you are worn […]

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A Flight Attendant’s Salary

Some people have been wondering if I ever work, and the answer to that is, yes, sometimes.  When it is absolutely necessary:) I kid. My sources tell me that no one thinks I actually work!  I thought I needed to set the record straight.  I do work.  Full-time, in fact.  Just my full-time doesn’t include […]

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