Cabin Crew Secrets: False Leg in the Toilet?

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By on Tuesday 3rd Jun, 2014 at 12:48

Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind closed doors in the world of flight attendants? Where do they stay during layovers? What REALLY happens when they find two people in one cubicle? Or maybe you're just interested to hear some passenger horror stories. We've spoke to some of the Flight Attendants who found jobs through Aviation Job Search to find out how they're doing, some of their stories shocked us to say the least:

Landing a flight attendant job can be one of the toughest feats of ones career. Sure, you hit all the criteria in terms of appearance but do you have the required skill sets to succeed in this job role?

We speak to Khalid, Jennifer and Huw about their career so far:

Khalid, what have you found to be the most interesting aspect of your job so far? Is there anything that you look forward to more than others?

Personally, I love all aspects of the job. Travelling the world is something that I've been passionate about ever since I did a year volunteering in Malawi.

Working as an Air Steward has allowed me to travel all over the world, from Australia to Alaska and right back into remote areas of the world such a Uzbekistan. Places that I’d have never dreamed of visiting had I not been in this industry.

If I had to pick one part of the job that I disliked, it would have to be that I’m apart from friends and family for long periods of time. If you're looking to work in this industry, be prepared to make sacrifices.

Jennifer, we've seen you nodding along to and agreeing to a lot of the things that Khalid has been saying during that answer. What's your favourite thing about the job role?

If I’m being perfectly honest, I absolutely love working with people from all over the world. The company I'm currently working for have one of the most diverse workforces in the industry and that suits me to a tee.

My other favourite thing about the role is the amount of unusual occurrences that happen on a daily basis. Most recently I was asked to remove a false leg from the on board toilet, I didn't ask how it got in there in the first place.

*all interviewees chuckling and the thought of a false leg in the toilet*

Huw, we'll move to you. Have you ever come across any strange occurrences that have happened on any of your flights?

Strangely enough, I haven't had that many strange experiences. However, one of my colleagues was on a flight out to Houston, Texas when mid flight, a man returned from the toilet wearing nothing but a pair of leather chaps and a cowboy hat riding one of those horses heads on a stick that you'd have as a child. It's safe to say, that particular colleague had to intervene pretty quickly despite the applause from the rest of the aircraft.

Jennifer – I read about that incident actually!

Khalid – As did I, news travels fast in the world of Flight Attendants

That moves me on to my next question perfectly. It's clear to see that you guys have lots in common, is this something that you find with many colleagues in the industry?

Jennifer – Of course, some of my best friends are cabin crew that I've met whilst working, it also helps that I get to explore different parts of the world with these people.

Khalid – I met my fiancée whilst working on a flight out to Taiwan. We've been together for 6 years now, which just proves that it is possible to have a stable relationship in this job, something that I hear being questioned over and over again by friends and family.

Huw – I've persuaded 5 of my closest friends to become flight attendants. On top of that i've also met some of my best friends within the industry. If you love travelling and meeting new people on a regular basis then this is definitely the industry for you.

What advice would you have for someone starting out in the industry?

Huw – Make sure you've come to terms with the fact that you'll be working away from home a lot. If you can handle this then go ahead and make a name for yourself in the greatest industry in the world.

Khalid – Ensure that you are contempt with working with irritating passengers on a daily basis, if you can deal with this, then work at it and you can make a really successful career out of it.

I say this because in the space of a year i've managed to secure 2 promotions and seen my salary grow by a cool £8k.

Jennifer – Always put the customer first. That's got to be the most important thing i've learnt in the 3 years of being a flight attendant. Well, that and the fact that despite all grief i'm given from customers I still get to travel the world whilst getting paid.

Wow, some great advice. Thanks very much for participating in the interview, i'm sure your advice and stories will work wonders for candidates on Aviation Job Search who are looking to set out on the career of a lifetime.

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