What is so special about my job as a flightattendant?
The number one of very often asked questions from passengers to me is:
“Where are you flying next to? Oh, you don’t fly back now? I see. Do you sleep in the hotel? You need to pay it by yourself?”
(Long distance flight to the US, flight time more than 8-9 hours)
I could actually write a book about all those questions and situations I’ve had during the last 15 years of flying.
Do I love what I am doing? Absolutely!
Being a flightattendant is not only serving food and drinks and being aware of all kinds of security situations.
It’s a way of life.
I recognize flightattendants everywhere! How?
First, we’re very open minded. We talk a lot and we love people. Second, we know intercultural backgrounds and threat people the flightattendant kind of way.
For example, on nearly every flight I have crewmembers I have never met before, but as soon as we meet and work together we share everything and behave like longterm friends. Not with everyone of course, but I always have one or two collegues on a flight I would definitely remember.
My company has a very smart psychological assessment test.
I always call it the “Stewardess screen”.
We do have to fit, otherwise we fail.
That is why we flightattendant are all kind of similar….
Similar only in preparation for our work, how to behave in certain situations and circumstances.
In the last 15 years I ran through a lot of situations and circumstances, either good or bad.
I was trained to work on 3 kinds of aircrafts. Boing 747 and Airbus.
I went to many countries and have met a lot of people.
Flying full-time was sometimes tough, but I never lost my positive attitude.
Meanwhile I fly part-time.
As a mom it is not possible to fly full time as a flightattendant and raising a child.
Every time I go to work I am excited and happy.
I enjoy my other life, it’s always a kind of back to the roots.
What do you need to become a flightattendant?
Well, a positive attitude. A good education and good manners.
You have to be smart and you need to be a team player.
I always answer when people ask me about becoming a flightattendant :
“Have a crush on traveling the world….!”
Once you have made a single step in the world of aviation you will always love it.
Once a flightattendant, always a flightattendant.
When I was pregnant with my son, I missed flying so much, that I drove to the airport just to smell the cerosin and listening to the airport noise.
Crazy? Definitely YES.
I want to come back to explain a little bit more of our work.
What do you first think when you step inside an aircraft?
Well you look around, figuring out where you sit, and than…..someone is sitting on your seat?!!! What the hell, is not talking your language…….and now…..
It’s MY kind of duty!
Here I am the flightattendant, helping you out.
It’s not the only thing I do during your flight from A to B.
I prepare the aircraft for security and service, I try to help you as a passenger, I have to be aware of all kinds of situations. Checking the cabin before take off and landing is not ment to blame you, it’s to make your stay with us the most secure.
Waking you up to ask you if your seat belt is fasten or asking you to pull up windowshades is not an act of evil.
We are trained in many things.
5. Intercultural communication
The medical part is actually part of Security.
Of course, most of the flightattendants are pretty.
But when you think one of your flightattendants is much older than other flightattendants, that is ABSOLUTELY ok!
I will hopefully fly until retirement.
It’s not a joke as I told you that passenger ask us if you fly back after a long flight to the US or anywhere else in the world.
It’s not a joke that passengers ask us if we have “fat free” water…….on and on…
I experienced all of those rumors.
I guess I will write another post of my job as a flightattendant, too much to tell you about.
That’s making it special 🙂
Have a great time being abroad!
Allways happy landings!