Being cabin crew is often seen as a glamorous job with long trips away, a smart uniform and a big salary – unfortunately all is not what it seems! Patricia Green gives us ten home truths about the reality of working as cabin crew.
Although it can be quite a serious and demanding job, we like to look on the bright side too…
Despite the image that most people see or aspire too, we are all shapes and sizes, different ages and nationalities and not all are female!
Many Cabin Crew
have professional backgrounds and are highly educated. We have ex lawyers, nurses, teachers, accountants, managers – you name it…
We hate the phrase ‘trolley dolly’ as it implies that we are only there for handing out food. Our primary role is to be there for the safety and welfare of the passengers including providing medical treatment and dealing with emergency situations.
Service training is a tiny percentage of what we do in training school, the other 98% covers topics such as safety and emergency procedures and equipment, aircraft specifics (interiors/location of equipment etc), security, aviation medicine, landing on water or land, fire fighting, survival, human factors – just to name a few things…
We do hear the funniest things – a passenger asking if they can open a window for example or offering them breakfast and the response is ‘Yes, I’d like toast and butter please!’
We do have a sense of humour – it gets us through the long days/nights – we like a laugh too and a smile or a thank you goes a long way – we are mostly quite humble creatures.
We work closely and often have great friends who are also cabin crew – but we also like to talk a lot – it might be truth, rumour or something just outrageous – nothing will shock you!
Most of us love our work and we don’t see it as a job as such, it is a way of life…
After 6 months you will know if the career of being cabin crew is right for you – it is not for everyone… stay one year and see. If you leave you will probably want to return to flying later. It gets in your blood and becomes addictive!
And on a lighter note -Many of us do know how to ask for a beer/glass of wine/chicken salad in at least 3 languages!
I hope you enjoyed this light-hearted focus on cabin crew
– it’s a funny old life and I am sure many Cabin Crew can relate to it, new or old!
About the author:
Patricia Green has been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for seven years and also an SCCM. She has also worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. Last year Patricia moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a Cabin Crew Consultant. She advises potential crew how to get their dream job and helps experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, Patricia has written a series of E-books
to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.
For more information please visit www.cabincrewconsultant.weebly.com
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