Ironically, this would have been quite helpful for me to know when I prematurely quit my corporate job! This is when we all get changed into our high heeled shoes and blazers again! They are part of the cabin crew for the plane.” Years ago, we baby boomers and elders referred to a flight attendant as an “Airline Stewardess.” All in all, a very long and productive day. To read about that layover, please see the post titled Save Me San Francisco!‘, ___________________________________________________________. As crew, pretty much eat when you can (often standing up, in the galley), as long as the customers have been looked after, and you’re not eating in the Cabin, then it is acceptable to snack whenever. I hope this has given you a little insight into flying and what our day to day routine looked like during my time in Dubai. I knew at that moment, fate had placed me on the right career path waiting for this moment to unfold. After more setting up carts, making tea and coffee, bending, lifting and talking, we clear away the trays, do one more final clearance and another round of drinks, and then begin to prepare for landing. (Read that story here). I’d spend my days flying throughout Australia, working as a Flight Attendant on a budget airline, which is not exactly glamorous! Here is the story of Christina Ling! During any stage in the flight (even during taxi, take off and landing), the call bells will go off and they must be answered in two minutes or less! You only really have one chance to answer this question correctly before further necessary action is taken (flight review development, re-questioning and finally offloading), so it is best to study up! to welcome customers on board, help them to their seats and assist in finding a place for their (sometimes ridiculous amounts of) luggage. On this particular morning, however, I had a moment to spare whilst waiting to meet up with the others, before we sent out on our next adventure. Initially, I worked the domestic route. Everyone loses their cool at some stage, it’s just a matter of how professional and polite you are on the outside, no matter how you’re feeling on the inside. Finally, the past two and half years of hard work flying the domestic route for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week with limited travel perks had paid off. And if you are in the application/ recruitment process, good luck and congratulations, you’re already making big changes for the future, whether you are offered the job straight away or not. There are many more posts to come, including my last few layovers as crew and my recent personal travels across Canada. Although it wasn’t exactly my career path or airline of choice, I decided to take whatever work I could get. If you come from a commercial background, you’re basically rethinking, retraining your entire way of being. , Hey Taylor !! I also had to go through more aircraft training. After the first service has been completed, we conduct a “Final Clearance” of all of the excess trays, cups, rubbish and debris (and unfortunately, sometimes, and bodily fluids), to ensure the cabin is neat and comfortable at all times. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Manuela, You’re welcome, thanks for reading! I also had to go through more aircraft training. I’ve always wanted to talk to crew on my flights but never know what to say and they always seem so busy, do you have any tips? We each operate approximately 2-3 carts each (2 meal carts and 1 clearance cart, for tidying up and collecting the trays again). By the way, where and when flight attendants eat during the flight? ), get dressed and apply image and uniform standard makeup, that looks like it takes 5 hours to apply, but in reality 15-20 minutes is all I need for full make up and a french twist these days! Once all the carts meet up and everyone has been served, we dismantle some of the bar carts and replenish the others, so that we can serve drinks again with the food carts. And flying internationally meant another six weeks of initial training on a new aircraft type and new operating procedures. Considering their significant safety responsibilities, flight attendants receive a comparatively low salary. Instead of sleeping, it’s time to have a shower, freshen up and we go out to explore San Francisco at dusk! ( Log Out / I quickly change, touch up my make up, brush my teeth and gulp down some water (by this stage I haven’t eaten in almost six hours). A Day in the Life of an International Flight Attendant. If you just happened to stumble upon this post, because you like travel or whatever, and are thinking “oh no, that’s the end?” it is! Grab my cabin bag (hand luggage) and suitcase and I’m ready to go. An international airline receives an average of 15,000 applications for cabin crew a month, not including those in the cockpit, and recently I was one of them. Now, we perform our post landing duties (checks, stray used blankets and headsets) and once our area has been given the all clear, we are free to disembark as well, and start the long commute from the aircraft, through customs, through the terminal, to the bus and to the hotel! The final group of crew have come back from their rest, and we all start to prepare the third and final service, Breakfast (don’t ask). That is one of the most difficult factors about flying, but it makes you more aware of your limits as a person and definitely adds to the strength of your character! I then check in at another machine that will give me a special crew luggage tag if I have a layover. A flight attendant is someone whose primary duty is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers during an airline flight. Customer service and safety are the cornerstones of the flight attendant role, but both have grown more complicated in recent years. In the spirit of reflection and sharing, many of you have commented (thanks, guys!) In the spirit of reflection and sharing, many of you have commented (thanks, guys!) It’s always a learning curve, and flying (and living in the Middle East) has taught me a lot about reading people, their body language and taking certain cues that I might’ve missed otherwise, which I think has made me a more perceptive person in general. sometimes crew are just busy and it is hard to give one person your full attention when you have some 300 other passengers to consider as well! Not to mention the fact that openings do not come around all that often! 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