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Life As A Flight Attendant

Updated on July 17, 2015
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 Thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

The Flight Attendant's calling - Adventure!
The Flight Attendant's calling - Adventure! | Source
In case of emergency, jump!
In case of emergency, jump! | Source

Ring….ring……there goes a call at 3 o’clock in the morning.

“Hello”, I answered in my sleepy bedroom voice.

Hello, CrisSp. Good morning”, said the guy on the other end.

“This is crewsked calling. You have a flight departing at 5:45 this morning”

“Great”, I said, “Where to this time?”

This is the life of a Flight Attendant. No, I’m not ranting. I love my job, in fact, except for the early morning flights. This instance of being called to fly is because I’m sitting on a home reserve schedule from 0300 Hrs to 1700 Hrs, but our schedule is so dynamic that it is sometimes hard to schedule a life.

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs"

So, I am a Flight Attendant. Bow. Off, I go, got myself ready. Donning full uniform, wings pinned on my dress, scarf on my neck, hair neatly done. Oopps, too red of a lipstick. It’s a no-no or I’ll look like a sky whore. (Pardon my French). Remember, proper grooming is to keep it to the minimum, carry myself well with dignity and respect.

Respect, I said. Hopefully today, no passenger will hand me his or her soiled tissue. And, excuse me but I refuse to take it with my bare hands. I’ll come back and bring you the garbage bag or better yet, walk few steps and drop it yourself in the lavatory please. Your stiffed legs and neck will be happy you did!

I am a Flight Attendant. I did not study and undergo a lengthy and rigorous training only to pick up your Snot! *sigh*

And, even though the adrenaline is rushing, we still have to keep our composure because we are trained to remain calm and to control our demeanor.

Our Priority

The safety of the aircraft and everyone on board is our primary concern and is of importance to us.

Adventure of a Flight Attendant
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On becoming a flight attendant

I got tired of my 9 to 5 (plus an overtime without pay). I came from a big corporate world with a glamorous job but I got tired of doing something, which I thought I was destined to do. Then I was drained, emotionally and physically. So, I walked out without a concrete plan, only hoping to free myself. That was quite a big risk but I did it and the choice gave me the freedom to follow my heart and be the person I am today. Yes, we all have a choice!

Fast forward a bit, I found myself doing what I always wanted to do: Travel and Write.

It’s pretty much a story to tell but now I am a Flight Attendant and a freelance writer when on the ground. What a perfect job combination. I couldn’t be any happier to discover my own life and live it.

Perks of a Flight Attendant: Lay-over in Cancun, Mexico
Perks of a Flight Attendant: Lay-over in Cancun, Mexico | Source

Flight Attendant as a career~

A career as a Flight Attendant is very competitive and advancement takes more time. Well, this is because flight attendants mostly remain in their jobs for a longer period of time and simply because we love our job.

FA’s have to take annual re-qualification to keep their jobs, which means we undergo review and re-testing of our knowledge as a Flight Attendant. Not only because the law changes every now and then but also to maintain our presence of mind, in case of emergencies. Yes, we have a big book that we carry with us every time we fly that contains air traffic laws, rules and regulations that we must know by the heart. And, we constantly read this (bible) in order to familiarize ourselves even though we are on a layover somewhere in the Caribbean.

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Annual Earnings:

I remembered very well, after our line indoctrination when our head trainer congratulated us for graduating and finally becoming a flight attendant, she said: "Take care of your job. Do well. Don't give it away because they want your job."

Flight attendant salary, benefit packages and other perks are great!

In the US and in Canada, flight attendants salary/wages ranges from $40-65K annually (plus per diem allowance). This includes grooming allowance. Hotel and food allowance is also provided when on a lay over and not to forget the travel deals.

Please note, these figures are only average for all flight attendant jobs in the US and in Canada. There's, however, a lot of factor that may affect the salary ranges of a flight attendant.

How to become a Flight Attendant?

There’s a list of requirements in order to become a flight attendant:

  1. Age – must be of legal age (18-21 to enter) depending on the based country.
  2. Education – although a secondary school diploma (US and Canada) is alright, you’ll have the better advantage if you have a college or university degree.
  3. Language - most airlines require a bilingual candidate. So, if you speak a foreign language, that’s definitely a plus factor.
  4. Customer Service or Public Service Skills - airline also require one who have the experience working with the public with a great customer service skills.
  5. Height - the height requirement depends on the airline company, however, most require that you are able to reach the overhead compartment, an average of 5'3 but not any taller than 5'9 to hit the ceiling of the aircraft. One should also be able to lift at least 45 kilos of baggage/luggage.
  6. Vision - vision doesn’t have to be 20/20 but correctable to 20/30 or better.
  7. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required and a clear judging ability.

Special Attributes: Punctual and Patient--you will need a lot of the latter.

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The heart of your career as a flight attendant~

ALL newly hire Flight Attendants are required to undergo a thorough background investigation by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Be prepared to disclose all pertinent information about yourself and your family, husband or common-law partners included.

Once hired, Flight Attendants must undergo and complete a rigid formal training. Once this is completed, new flight attendants will be scheduled to work on reserve status either at the airport base or in their home. Flight Attendants grow by seniority in terms of their work status. After being placed on reserve status, FA’s can then bid for regular flight assignments and will have the opportunity to choose a flight destination. However, bidding is not guaranteed and flights are awarded based on seniority.

Flight attendants training are intense. There are numerous written and practical (hands-on) exams that we have to take every week and must meet a passing mark of 85 percent and the final drill at the end of everything. The training covers safety and security including medical emergencies onboard and even firefighting. Our service training, which lasted only for 2 hours, came at the very end of the training session.

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What does it mean?

It means ladies and gentlemen, that in the eight weeks of our intense training, we only spent 2 hours learning about “service”, which means our job is not just about service in the sky and purely service. I hope flyers realize it by now, that your Flight Attendants were trained and are there for your safety and security up in the air and even at the ground and to make sure that we all land safe and sound. We are your first responders in the air, in case of your medical emergencies. We are your James Bond spying and checking on those unruly or intoxicated passengers who maybe a danger to our flight and we conceal that behind our pretty, smiling faces. Now, you know.


We are your Emergency Specialists at 37 thousand feet!

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What’s a typical day for Flight Attendant?

Flight Attendants are required to check in an hour or two (depending on the destination) before the passengers boarding time. We meet at the crew room to check our mailboxes, clear and read any updated publications/memos prior to our flights. Not all FA’s know each other, as we all have different schedules every now and then and coming from different bases. So, meeting at the crew room is the best opportunity to get to know our fellow FAs for that particular flight. This is also where we socialize a bit.

Prior to the flight, while the passengers are checking in at the counter, flight crews do the following:

1. Pre-flight check to ensure the security of the aircraft and the condition of the cabin by zone. This is also when we conduct our thorough check of the emergency and medical equipment on board to ensure that all necessary equipment is on board and in working condition. During pre-flight check, we also determine and ensure the availability of the catering items, i.e. food, water, drinks and utensils and comfort kits.

2. Briefing by the captain on details and other pertinent information about the flight such as: flight time duration, expected weather conditions, emergency and evacuation procedures, crew coordination and other special issues (if any) to do with the passengers.

3. Briefing by the In-charge FA on the crew coordination and review of our knowledge on the safety and security, emergency, evacuation, medical and communication procedures.

4. Then we position ourselves to our respective zones for boarding.

5. Greet and assist passengers as they start boarding, check their tickets to make sure we are all going to the same destination.

6. Brief special need (with disability) passengers in the use of emergency equipment.

7. Go through the safety procedures with the passengers, i.e. seatbelts are fastened, seats in the upright position, table trays lock and bags are properly stowed prior to take off. We also have to make sure that all electronic devices are switch off and your ears are free of any headsets or earphones during movement at the surface, and that is part of the safety check.

8. Assist passengers in the event of emergency.

9. Re-assure passengers in the event of turbulence.

10. Answer any questions that the passengers may have.

11. Distribute custom/immigration documentation.

12. Ensure comfort of passengers and distribute entertainment items.

13. Serve meals and beverages.

In addition, Flight Attendants also attend to:

  • Those needing assistance, i.e. small children or elderly, those with mobility restrictions.
  • Administer first aid to ill passengers.
  • Take inventory of headsets, alcoholic drinks and other items for sale on board prior to landing.

N.B. FA's are all First Aid and CPR Certified.

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At the end of each flight~

So, we have arrived safe and sound. Like a broken record, we say “bye, thank you for flying with us or bye, take care now, or bye, have a great day/night, or bye, enjoy your vacation, or bye, welcome back home or simply, bye-bye with a smile.” And, we hope you smile back as well.

Hold on, that’s not the end for us. Flight Attendants duties do not end upon landing. There are other paper works and reporting activities that we have to complete upon arrival like any medical problems. Have I depleted the oxygen bottle I have administered to a passenger with respiratory problem? What was the condition of the passenger before and after? Couples on row 32 were found making out, so a complimentary blanket was given out to cover their nastiness. Yes, we even have to report this kind of incidence for inventory purposes because we're running a business here. Book found on seat number 12 goes to the lost and found paperworks and any other incidents before, during and after the flight. All these, we do because we need to protect our credibility and of the company that we work with.

To sum it up, Flight Attendants are trained to multi-task. More than anything else and especially after the 9-11 incident, our primary responsibility is to make sure that the safety regulations on board are followed. We are very strict on that and it is our prime concern to protect the security of everyone on board. Yes, if I may say, we are trained to restrain unruly and suspecting passengers. So, beware!

Only then when our cabin is secure that we could attend to your comfort and gladly come by to get your drinks and make sure that you are all comfortable during the flight.

While we love to be of great service to you dear passengers and ensure your comfort, please bear with us, because it is not our priority and we will not compromise your safety and security for that matter.

And by the way, please do not talk to us when you see us already buckled in our seats prior to take off and landing. It’s not that we are not friendly or ignoring you but so you know, that is the time we have to do our silent review. A silent review is mandatory for us. During this time, we mentally prepare ourselves in case of emergency.

Once airborne or landed and you see us stood up and walked down the aisle, please feel free to ask and approach us, we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Watch the aircraft shadow as we glide in the sky~

The final goodbye~

At the very end, we do our group hug and say bye-bye to our fellow flight attendants and crew members.

Becoming a flight attendant is fun but we're serious about our job and in making a difference.

So, until the next flight. I hope you enjoyed your trip.

Copyright@CrisSp~TM /11-2012. Fearless but not Heartless!

© 2012 CrisSp

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    • coffeegginmyrice profile image

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I wanna fly and perform this profession! Love this hub. My dream and still has been...

      Useful, beautiful, interesting! Well, thumbs up all the way to the skies!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was very interesting Cris! I'm so happy that you found a job that allows you to travel AND write. That is a win/win situation all the way.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you coffee. So, come fly with me!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Bill! It is indeed, a win-win for me after so many years of being tied up in a corporate world, I finally found the love of my life and I am very very grateful!

      I hope you had a bountiful thanksgiving.

      So, here's sending you some love from the sky~

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great article on flying. Been there on middle aisle, listening to you because I'm next to the emergency door. Yawning and stretching after the briefing,lol! But the best part is how to fasten our seat belts, and looking the other way... or wanting to go to the lavatory... however, I wish flight would be shorter. Thanks for the experience!

      "folks get ready for a turbulence of 2 minutes.." Yeah right!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha...ha...ha...that's very funny Lord! Welcome aboard! Appreciate you coming by and truly making my day. Happy flying, I mean hubbing! (:

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      CHrisSP ! I flying with you next time ! Will you sit with me dear ? I am a special needs hubber lol.....I never realized the difficulty of your job ! When flying I always say Hi , thank you , please and mean it ! The crews re always great and funny too! You should be proud .........Oh and will you wear the little black dress lol.....:-}

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! You never fail to make me laugh ahorseback! It'll be my pleasure to fly with you but no black dress...gotta don on my uniform! Lol! Thanks for the stop. Appreciate your good gestures to my fellow FA's. It means a lot to us if passengers simply throw us back a smile. I sometimes would gesture a flying kiss to them, so that they'll remember me and hopefully had a memorable flight; only if they'd been nice to me. (:

      I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....wowwwwwwwwwwwww ....well you can be my flight attendant anyday - coffee, tea or me ???? I think I shall choose the latter - and yes come fly away with me sings Frank Sinatra - because I after I viewed this essential hub about flight attendants I just must say more thing - you've got the epi-man flying high - by the way are you a chartered member of the mile high club - lol lol lol (off duty of course)

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario where we had a light dusting of snow this morning - yikes - currently 12:28pm

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....and oh yes .... save your little black dress for 'after' work - because I shall be taking you somewhere warm ....... my winter home on the beach at Malibu ....

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Of course epi, I'll fly you to the moon and back to Malibu with my pretty black dress (which made me famous). (: How's that? Lol, mile high club, eh? Seriously, thanks for dropping by.

      Taking all your warm wishes and good energy on this bright but very cold Saturday. ♥

      Take care.

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      Jasmin89 4 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Can a deaf person become a flight attendant?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great and descriptive hub...Though I probably won't be doing this it does sound like a lot of fun. I would imagine these jobs are at a premium. Glad you like your life now with flying and writing...Sounds perfect to me.

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      SandCastles 4 years ago

      How brave of you to leave your job and do something completely different! Excellent hub!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @Jasmin89: That's a very good question.

      Technically, it's just like saying, I'd like to be a broadcaster but I have speech impairment. But, yes a deaf person can be a FA. Record shows that there are deaf/ hearing-impaired flight attendants. Truly, by law companies cannot discriminate, as well many companies have now adapted an employment equity program to encourage diversity in the work place. However, in order to qualify they have to pass the required exams both written and practical and also received a “Sign Language badge” –that must be prominently displayed while on duty.

      I recommend reading the "Underdog of Minnesota" , a story about the deaf flight attendant who’s worked with one of the American Airlines. His story is very interesting.

      Hope it helps and thanks for dropping by.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @Carol, I love the fact that I'm not tied up to a 9-5 daily routine and every flight is a different experience. It may be tiring but I don't feel it because I'm enjoying it and although we have a chain of command, everybody is treated equally. No big boss, just a leader and sometimes, I am the leader. (: We call it in-charge FA. Everyone gets that opportunity.

      Then, I can do my writing on the side line. I do write in our community newspaper here and I'm a regular contributor in our company newsletter. My plate is full but I consider it (writing) my breathing space.

      Thanks for stopping by Carol. Always good to see you. *hugs* ♥

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you SandCastles. I'll take that as a compliment. "Brave", I am! It was tough. I wasn't sure of what was going to happen but I have faith in the Universe and basically just let it flow naturally. But then again, I was broke. Lol! I read, a lot of self-help book, tried to reach out by writing and finally pursued what my inner voice was telling me. I'm stubborn. I wasn't listening then. Lol! Anyway, the transition is quite a story to tell. Someday, I'll share it here because it's honestly inspiring.

      Oh well, thank you for your visit. Appreciate it. Cheers!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Ok, I I know I am on FB with you as a follower of your jukebox page.which is so very cool! What is your FB name? I am really excited to know you are friends with billybuc...awesome! I am also very excited to have read your hub as a FA! It is a hard job indeed! Thanks for writing this one of a kind hub!!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @Audra: Nice to see you. I hope you have enjoyed your flight. Lol! (: I'm going to send you friend request on FB. So, we could be BFF. Lol!

      Kidding aside, pleasure to share my experience as a FA and happy to connect.

      Thanks again Audra. Appreciate your visit. ♥

      Cheers!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I have always marveled at the flight attendants who have made my flights so much easier, more reassuring and pleasant. After reading this Hub that appreciation has increased significantly. I am someone who never causes trouble or likes to unnecessarily bother people so it just never occurred to me that a flight attendant must wear many many caps. I commend you and thank you.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Lucky you, Cris! I know it's a demanding job, but how fun to fly to so many glamorous places. Maybe you could give us some fiction related to your life as a flight attendant, like a murder mystery onboard, or the funny things that people do. This was an interesting read.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you my shiningirisheyes and on behalf of my fellow FA's we sincerely appreciate your kindness.

      Love from the sky~

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I am glad we connected on FB! I def. enjoyed my flight :) Nice to see you here and on FB :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      mollymeadows, if you like the idea of travelling and exploring then you'll definitely have fun. I'm a wandering soul, so this is perfect for me . Lol! I've actually written some stuff more like a series of anthology but cannot publish it on HP due to duplication of content. Planning to revise and put some things back in the drawing board. Soon...soon...hopefully!

      Thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Pleasure is mine Audra. I love your energy and I'd love to see more of your creative stuff. Glad you enjoyed your flight. :)

      Sending you some flying kisses. *catch* Take care now.

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      leannegc 4 years ago

      Hi, I just got hired as an FA at the age of 42! I am so excited and scared, all at the same time. I enjoyed reading this, makes me more excited. I am looking forward to my adventures in training and on the job!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @leannegc : That's great! Congratulations! I sense you have an adventurous soul, so I'm definite you'll enjoy it up in the friendly skies.

      Good luck in your training and I hope to hear more from you and see your progress as an FA. Nose dive is exciting but only during the line indoc. Lol!

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Outstanding info for all who fly! FAs are too often taken for granted. You have given the flying public some insight ito what it takes to be an FA.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @xstatic: Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate your visit.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I've long admired flight attendants--male and female--and appreciated the wonderful service they provide. Your article is an excellent "behind the scenes" report that provides me with greater insight and empathy for those in your profession. Thank you for sharing, CrisSp!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @hawaiianodysseus: Happy to see you here. Thank you for tapping me to write on this subject. Yeah, so now it's your fault. Lol! Kidding aside, you motivated me on this and I very much appreciate your kindness and wonderful comments.

      Love from the sky~

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      Teresa Davis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Crisp,,loved this hub. I worked for Continental Express Jet where I was the only FA on the flight of 50. When I trained, we only got 4 weeks to train and the first thing they did when we got there was put us on a complete plane they used for training..turned off the lights..and filled the plane with smoke and began pounding out emergency instructions..those who did not run off the plane crying made it through the rest of the training..lol. I received many of those wake up calls myself and on my first flight I had a lady who handed me her "barf" bag as she departed the flight...lol

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      tjdavis, welcome back! That's a quite a training you've been, eh? Sounds exciting to me. Sorry about the "barf" bag. Lol! But, it's just part of the game!

      Thanks for coming by. Appreciate it and here's to our undying love to the friendly skies! ♥

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Fascinating! I fly a lot, so it was very interesting to read what's behind those smiles. Well, sometimes smiles. FA's are not always as service-oriented as they used to be-- but then passengers aren't as nice as we used to be, either; there's so much stress in flying. I must say I get tired of the scripts like, "Take care when opening overhead compartments as belongings may have shifted during flight." Yada, yada. Still, I imagine it's not that fun to repeat those scripts if you're the FA, either. Great read. Voted up, interesting

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Welcome aboard Louisa! Thank you for flying with me. You see, we're also tired of repeating ourselves but we have to abide by the law and trust me, we can be in great trouble if we don't follow. The air traffic mystery passengers are sometimes on board and we never know. So, excuse us but we have to do our job. And since we have to go by the book, we are extra cautious because even our fellow FA's could write us up if they notice we don't do as we're supposed to do, specially if it'd compromise any safety and security regulations. Safety announcements as such are important although passengers are often times not listening. (:

      I'm personally nice and genuine with my passengers. I maintain my professionalism on board and expect the same courtesy from my passengers. I value respect (with or without my uniform) and hence, I work hard to earn it. I love my job and the fact that I can write and travel at the same time.

      Thanks again for coming by. Appreciate your feedback. I'll see you on the next flight.

      Love from the sky~

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Do you ever have to say "Coffee tea or me !".......he he he .....Ed

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol, ahorseback! No, but I give them a bit of game to loosen up those tight muscles. So, while holding my silver carafe, I'd politely ask them: "Coffee or Tea?" And when they say "Coffee", I say, "wrong, tea!" and vice versa. Yah, you get it. It's like guessing game. *smile*

      Happy to see you again Ed. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It's the odd hours, I guess, but it's a great job that allows you to see much of the world. Thanks for sharing, Cristina!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure Michelle! I hope you enjoyed your trip. I'm used to the odd hours already and I kind of like it, the fact that I'm not tied to a regular 9-5. Best part is that I can write wherever I am. Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you.

      Love from the sky~

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      In many ways you're lucky to have that job, it allows you to travel different places in the world and meet different people along the way. Those are the perks... It's never been monotonous, I think. Very fascinating hub of a very fascinating occupation. Voted up and interesting, awesome.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @vibesites: Thank you. I love my job specially considering the fact that I could still write on the side. I know a lot of people doing 2 jobs at the same time but none quite like mine (travel and write). Maybe they have more earnings than me but I'm happy and grateful nonetheless.

      I enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate the accolades of voting up, interesting and awesome. See you around HP.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      I loved reading about how passionate you are about your job! Well done! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you QP1...sending you some love from the sky!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      This hub speaks to me in particular because I'm usually on a flight several times a year internationally or even domestically. I've met every type of flight attendant there is, kind, strict, lax, angry, etc.... I know you guys have a lot of rules to follow, so sometimes I can understand the rudeness I've gotten from a few of them. But some are genuinely like you......you love your job, people, and wouldn't have it any other way. I think my favorite flight was to Brazil in 2009. We were on a 767, and there were only 24 of us on board......you talk about an empty plane. I was able to pretty much lay over multiple seats. I even have a picture of how ghost-townish it was. Very detailed hub, voting it up! Thank you for writing it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Kas, welcome aboard! Nice to see you here and glad that you can relate about the ins and outs of flying. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you too; just got back on the ground and too eager to get into the hubland to see what I've been missing and to read great comments like this.

      I appreciate your feedback. So again, thank you and I'll see you in the next hub stop. As well, merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CriSp... what an informative hub and congratulations of finding something you love and having the best of both worlds... Great read as always... The black dress is optional... smiles.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh yah Rolly, that pretty black dress! *smile* Thank you. I hope you have enjoyed your trip via my hubspace. I am, indeed grateful for having the best of both worlds and honored to have known great people like you. Love from the sky~

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      mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Very interesting! I have a friend who is thinking about pursuing a flight attendant career!

      Marcia Ours

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Marcia, nice to meet you. Please feel free to pass the hub to your friend if that would help and thank you for your readership and comment.

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      ForEverVirtuous 4 years ago from St. Louis

      I've always wondered what you all did! Now I know, thanks to you because I never knew before today. The only question I have is this: why can't we keep our phone on, on the plane at certain times?

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you ForEverVirtous. Glad to be of help there by spreading some knowledge. Good question and to answer it--, it is by law, simply to avoid any interference with the cockpit's radio communication. Although it is still unknown how any portable electronic devices (PEDs) and cell phones could greatly affect the cockpit/flight decks radio signals, they can, unintentionally affect the aircraft communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment.

      I know passengers get annoyed when we ask them to switch all electronic devices but we have to abide by the rules and it is our job to let passengers be aware of that. Besides, it's only during take off and landing (critical phases of flights). It's not that the plane would crash if your cellphone or other electronic devices are on but since there are so many electronic devices out there, and there's no real way to test how each one will affect the plane, it's simply easier to ask everyone to turn them off. I guess, it requires cooperation from the passengers and a bit of patients without their devices for 10 minutes. You certainly can have it back ON once airborne.

      I hope this clarifies the matter. :) Thanks again for the visit.

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      ForEverVirtuous 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Cool, makes sense! Thanks!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Loved this HUB CrisSP. Informative, funny and totally entertaining. The first flight attendant I experienced was when I was four years old. She gave me the TWA wings pin and a peanutbutter doughnut. She seemed so lively and glamorous. She will live in my memory forever.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      LKMore: Thank you. I'm happy to hear you have a good memory of flying from that friendly FA. We try. We try to keep our glamour despite the pressure, not the air pressure but the people pressure. Lol! Some passengers could be very demanding. We give in to their demands anyway just to please them but the last laugh is ours. Lol!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed your hub trip here. Stay safe now.

      Love from the sky~

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cris,

      What an interesting career. Does it ever get old?

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I always say, you got the best job in the world if you love what you're doing. And you seem to be on cloud nine about being a FA.

      You've done an excellent job with this hub. As a frequent traveler, I now have even more appreciation for FAs. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Man of Strength: Thank you for dropping by here. It is indeed very interesting and I love it. FA's don't usually call it a job.It is more of a lifestyle for us. Happy thoughts!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ComfortB: Pleased to see you here and thank you for the appreciation and for voting up and interesting. I guess, it's the common courtesy that we FA's value a lot from the passengers just like how everyone would like to be treated anywhere we go, right?

      Have a safe flight whenever and wherever.

      Love from the sky~

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great, thoruogh article! I'm not sure how I missed it before! Thank you! up++ and pinned!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      btrbell: Thank you Randi. I hope it helps. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Me, too! :-)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      *smile*

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Interesting article for sure. It is a bit different than the one that appears on my hub. I liked all of the detail you included!

      - Mister Hollywood

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      misterhollywood: Thank you. I'll come check your hub soon!

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      So you're a flight attendant! I'm envious. I just missed becoming one many years ago - I just love the idea of travelling the world and I adore flying. Very informative and interesting hub.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CrisSp,

      Wow-eee, what a lot of comments! You deserve every one. I loved this hub. And I mean loved--could eat it if it had been a German chocolate cake.

      Voted up and away. You deserved it too.

      I love the way you started the story, much like a screenplay or script for a theater company, which I helped to form one of these in 1993 with three other friends for charities.

      But that was then.

      This is about YOU. You are a sensitive, witty, and passionate writer. I love it.

      Just keep on writing no matter what.

      I have just "flew in" from Faith Reaper's "Had I Loved?" hub, and boy am I tired? LOL.

      Keep up the great work, CrissP. And keep in touch with me.

      Kenneth

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Anita! Welcome aboard! Lol! Yes, I am but don't be jealous. It could be fun alright but not as glamorous as it used to be anymore. However, yes I do love the travel perks! :)

      Well, thank you for coming by. Good to see you.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CrisSp,

      I hate to interrupt, but you need to read some of Anita's hubs . . .Fantastic stuff. Honest.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Kenneth! Thank you. The eagle has landed and actually on Anita's page catching up with reading and hubbing. Will see you on the next hub stop. :)

      And, no need to apologize. You're not interrupting at all. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Kenneth! Always a pleasure to see you around. Thank you for gracing my page with your most enjoyable and engaging comments. I will surely be keeping in touch whenever on the ground.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      CrisSp,

      You are so kind, dear friend. And I mean that too. It is I whom is blessed with you, Anita, and all of my Cherished-followers.

      But I do want you to be careful when flying. Will do you that for me?

      I will be thinking about you.

      Until next comment . . .

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you kindly Kenneth and yes, see you around the next hub stop.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

      You are welcome, CrisSp, and if I were to fly on the airliner you just happen to be working on that day, could I talk to you for only a minute? I am asking for I want to fly one time before leaving this world.

      I hope you are doing good. You are a terrific friend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I never realized how much effort goes into being a stewardess. When I was young, I dreamt of becoming a stewardess because I read this book, The Fly Girls." However, I failed right at the start to meet the height requirement. Now that you mention it requires waking up on the spot for any flight at any time (like being a doctor) I know it's not the job for me, but the job carries a lot more responsibility than realized. This is a great hub, very interesting. Voted up.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      grand old lady: Always nice to see you gracing my page. Thank you. And yes, there's a lot more behind the curtain for us "fly girls". Well, I hope you have enjoyed your flight with me and please come again. :)

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      This was a very interesting article. I had noticed that cabin crew members never stopped working on the long and short distance flights I have taken in the past, particularly the latter, and always thought how physically and emotionally demanding the work must be. However, I didn't realise all the pre & post flight work that went on. You have my total admiration, particularly for the work you do with awkward passengers, and I'm sure you have your fair share of those.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Colin: Yes, there's a lot more that FA's do behind the scene and service (with a smile) is just the aperitif for us. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed your flight with me. And, those awkward passengers? I say, part of the job that makes flying even more exciting. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CrisSp,

      How have you been, sweet friend?

      I used to see you all over the place and on my comments.

      I am so glad to see your name.

      You are looking so good and trim.

      Keep in touch with me.

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      David B Katague 2 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      Enjoyed reading this hub. My niece is also an FA. She enjoys her job very much, Have a fantastic day!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      9-22, 2:18 p.m., cdst, pretty fall evening

      Dear CrisSp,

      Are you okay today? I hope you are. I am delivering a message to you from "X" Bond's boss. He needs YOU to fly to London to some secret location. His crew will pick you up for a vital interview with him.

      It is imperative that you stand in front of Big Ben facing southeast and at 10 a.m. London time, face northwest. You will see a black BMW rolling at you, so be ready to jump in and listen to these guys.

      That is all.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Kenneth avery: I am all well holding on to dear life. Pardon my absence. You know there's no wi-fi in the sky plus life outside HP is quite overwhelming these days. Thank you for your support and for constantly stopping by. I'll try to keep in touch as much as I can. :)

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      chateaudumer : Thank you.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Kenneth: You are so very funny! But, thank you for cheering me up. It was kind of cloudy (literally and figuratively) in my part of the world the last few days. Grateful that the sun is shining again. In fact, I am listening to some good music while typing this....Tom Jones on the background. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CrisSp,

      A heart-felt THANK YOU for your very sweet comment. You are welcome for the cheering, but my dear friend, it is YOU who does the cheering when you comment on something I have written.

      Oh, you are listening to my cousin, Tom? Great choice.

      Note: (this comment seems encrypted, but to fool the evil forces who are out to get you and I, it is not. You see, most evil forces are stupid and cannot make sense of an absolutely-cunning move as this note).

      I hope that they guys in the black BMW were precise enough for your gameplan.

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      mikeydcarroll67 22 months ago

      Most jobs should lead you to what you enjoy doing! Glad you found something that you can look forward to!

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      CrisSp 22 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      mikeydcarroll67: Thank you. I do love my job both in the sky and on the ground as a freelance writer. It is very liberating and truly enjoyable. Appreciate you stopping by here.

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