A few days ago I was working a long flight from Denver, Colorado to somewhere in Florida. This specific trip I was assigned to work on the bar cart in economy. It was a long day. I was tired, and a little irritable, and not exactly feeling my spry self.
When a lady asked for a Coke Zero, I reached for the drawer of the bar cart to grab it. They're always in the back of the drawer, but the drawer was stuck. I knelt down on the ground and yanked and the drawer, but it wouldn't budge. I yanked harder and the whole drawer came flying out forcing me forward and hitting my head on the tray of the bar cart.
"UGH, I yelled. "I hate this Job."
When people find out that you are a flight attendant, you get a lot of different responses. Some positive. Some negative. I think it's really funny when people find out and they just "HAVE to tell you about the HORRIBLE experience" they had a few weeks ago on a flight. It's nice when they tell you a good experience.
People also have a lot of questions about the career. About our schedule. About our everyday lives. What we do on our off days. All kinds of questions. This is just a round up of some of my favorite. Not my favorite because they are smart more because they are bizarre.
This is a quick post of some of those questions, and how I like to respond to them. Hope you enjoy :)
There are a few things that you leave flight attendant training unprepared for. Six weeks of training packed with everything from applying bandaids to evacuating aircrafts to delivering a baby. There were very few surprises when I first started on the line.
One thing that I was unprepared for, was the how often I would be serving passengers that were traveling because of an undesirable situation, and how willing they would be to confide in me as a crew member. Passengers traveling home for funerals. Traveling to say goodbye to a loved one. To be with a family member in a time of need. They come to you, you make them as comfortable as possible, and you make yourself available to them as much they need.
I have never minded this. I enjoy helping people through times of need. I enjoy helping people in general. That's part of why I love my job so much. I get to help people.
Though, this past week, I found myself on the other side of this situation. I was the one traveling home to say goodbye to a loved one.
One of the first posts that I ever published on this blog was 11 Things To Never Travel Without. It's an essential post on any travel blog, but when I wrote that post, I was still so new to travel. I had only been a flight attendant for a few months at that point.
Now that I have been flying for over a year, I had to reevaluate and add some things to my "never travel without" list.
So here are so more of the things that I absolutely always have in my bag when I travel. I have even supplied links for you to quickly add these items to your list!
It's about 3 in the morning and my phone is ringing.
I Sit up, pull myself halfway together, and slide my thumb across the screen of my iPhone to answer the call from crew scheduling.
"Hello," I say. I do my best to make it sound like they didn't wake me up. It doesn't work.
"Hello, is this Zachary?"
"We gave you an assignment. You check in at 5:30am for airport alert."
"Yeah. Okay, have a good one."
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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