A few weeks ago I posted an article on my Facebook page about flight attendant crew rest bunks. Honestly, if you go to google and type in "Flight Attendant Crew Rest Bunks" you will find thousands of different articles on the subject.
They all have their own list of ridiculous ideas of how we as flight attendants use those crew rest bunks in our spare time. I went through and picked some of my favorite myths to...
See what I did there? Sorry.
1. It's Some Big Secret
The very first point that the article makes is that you have to (shhh) keep it a secret. As if not every single person with a computer and internet can't access this article. They make the crew rest bunks out to be this place that we don't want passengers to know exist. As if on my 15-hour flight I am not going to get any rest. Just head on over to Boeing.com and you can find diagrams of the entire aircraft, including the crew rest bunks. No secret there.
Also, after serving 200+ people, I will have NO problem telling you to ask another flight attendant for a diet coke because it is time for my nap.
*skips happily down aircraft aisle ripping off my uniform and sliding into my superman PJs*
2. Overhead bin Entrance
The article shows a lovely picture of a flight attendant climbing up into the crew rest bunk through an overhead compartment.
Listen, I can barely do a pull up - do you really think I can climb up into an overhead bin and pull it closed behind me for a nap? I would spend my entire break trying to pull myself up.
The door in the overhead compartment is an exit for emergency use only. You aren't ever going to see a flight attendant leisurely sliding out of an overhead bin and jumping into the next drink service. Promise.
3. Flight Attendant Hang Out
So many stock photos of flight attendants hanging out in the beds and on the staircase sipping on tea and discussing their current book club selection. Not even kinda close to what happens.
We have very strict designated times that we are allowed to be up in the bunks. Usually anywhere from 1-4 hours. I am not going to waste a minute of that talking about my book to some lady that I met just a few hours ago while she changes out of her uniform in front of me.
4. Comfy & Spacious
It's actually like being in a coffin. You are flat on your back with the ceiling of the plane just a few inches above your nose.
When I worked my trip to Tel Aviv, there was horrible turbulence and I body checked the ceiling. Literally, my entire body hit the aircraft straight on.
Also, people snoring.
Not comfy. Not spacious.
5. Crew Rest & Chill ?!?
One of the most common comments to the crew rest bunk area is people thinking that flight attendants must be taking passengers into the crew rest for some "sexy time." I am a pretty little person and I barely fit into the bunk alone. I could not imagine having another person in the with me.
Maybe I am not imaginative enough, but I think the idea is completely absurd.
What do you think of the crew rest bunks?
Three years ago I made the bold (and crazy) decision to drop out of school, quit my job and move across the country to start my life as a cabin crew member. With my suit freshly pressed and my shiny wings pinned to my heart, I was ready to take on the world. ....read more.
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