… Or dating one!
There seems to be a few common misconceptions about cabin crew. Everyone seems to think they are these stuck-up people who have the best job in the world, with no sense of humour but glamorous as hell. A whopping salary and a good uniform, you know?
Okay so some of it might be true – it really is the best job in the world! But cabin crew are so much more than that. If you think you’ve got what it takes to become part of this unique team yourself, or are looking at bagging yourself a cabin crew hottie (or hunk!), you should know a few things:
10 Truths You Should Know About Becoming a Flight Attendant
1 – Flight attendants do actually have a sense of humour…
… It’s just you wouldn’t like it if they started cracking PAX jokes. Or passenger jokes to non-aviation folk. It would be highly inappropriate of a flight attendant to start cracking jokes about you so to keep things on the safe side and prevent any accidental blurt-outs, they keep their sense of humour to themselves.
Out of work hours though – they’re a hoot!
2 – Cabin crew are very intelligent people.
Many of them are very well educated and have highly professional backgrounds too. Accountants, nurses, teachers, lawyers… You name it – your inflight cabin crew are a weird and wonderful mix of powerful and unique jobs. You shouldn’t underestimate them.
3 – Don’t ever call her a ‘trolley dolly’.
It’s really derogatory to the inflight crew members. They don’t just wheel a trolley around serving passengers food and drink. They’ll save your life in the case of an emergency, and they’ll even provide medical attention if required.
4 – Cabin crew don’t all look the same.
They’ve heard this all before – you need to look a certain way before you can become a flight attendant or air stewardess but this really isn’t the case. Crew members come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re not all girlies either.
5 – They know a number of languages.
They don’t try to learn the language, it just kind of happens and it’ll be really useful phrases too such as ‘Where is the toilet?’ or ‘Beef or chicken?’. Your crew member is likely to be quite handy at going travelling with because they’ll have the basics covered.
6 – It’s not a job, it’s a way of life.
It will take over your life too but that’s why so many people love it so much.
Life in the air really is every bit as dreamy as it sounds but at the same time, it comes with its fair share of really negative points. Dating can be difficult as can holding personal friendships. Travelling around the world is the greatest job in the world but at times it can get terribly lonely. It’s not a job, it’s a brand new way of life. If you seriously decide you to want to enjoy crew life, you need to prepared for everything to change.
7 – You’ll know whether or not it’s for you.
Many flight attendants and other cabin crew members will know whether or not they are right for the job quite quickly. Within six months to a year, you’ll either love it or hate it, kinda like Marmite. This isn’t a job that calls for half-measures so if you don’t love it, it’s not quite for you.
8 – Our crew-friendships are strong!
We spend so much time with our fellow flyers, they become our new family. We tell them everything, directly or otherwise, and we’ll do anything for them. This includes swapping shifts. If it looks like we care more about your work colleagues than you, it’s probably because we do.
9 – There’s nothing we’ve not heard…
… Or seen! People bonking in the loos – yep, we’ve seen that. People throwing up, having bathroom accidents, breaking stuff… Cabin crew have seen it all and then some.
If you think you can shock them, think again.
10 – They know a lot of stuff!
They don’t use serve food. They don’t just enjoy globe-trotting. They do a lot of things and just one of those is regular training. There are a lot of emergency procedures to keep up to date with as well aviation business, medical and care, and so much more. These are the people that save your life in an emergency.
Just remember that!
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