Cabin Crew Lifestyle Keep up to date with our latest articles on lifestyle in the airline industry. How to Avoid Roaming Charges Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:26:01 GMT The KnowRoaming Global SIM Sticker offers a convenient solution. it’s a small sticker you apply once to an unlocked phone, then enjoy easy roaming between countries, saving up to 85% on voice and data. No more looking for a Starbucks in New York or a coffee shop in Hong Kong for free Wi-Fi.<br /> <br /> <strong>How the Global SIM Sticker works</strong><br /> <br /> KnowRoaming has developed a super-thin SIM sticker that adheres to the existing SIM card in your mobile phone. It lets you switch seamlessly from your home carrier to the KnowRoaming global network when you travel. You can leave that tupperware full of sim cards at home as the Knowroaming sim automatically activates every time you travel. Just load credit onto your account, connect to the network when you land, and enjoy worry-free roaming wherever you travel.<br /> <br /> This is could save cabin crew. pilots or anyone who is frequently travelling a small fortune; the knowroaming SIM Sticker fits on any SIM card, and works with all unlocked GSM devices, including iPads and tablets. You can purchase local numbers, track their usage in real-time with the app, and receive calls to their home phone number anywhere in the world.<br /> <br /> <strong>Best of all, there is a special offer for you lovely cabin crew readers</strong><br /> <br /> The KnowRoaming SIM Sticker ships internationally from <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> and retails for $29.99 USD. Cabin Crew readers will receive 50% off the purchase price, and $10 USD in credit when they use the referral code <em><strong>FLIGHT15</strong>.</em><br /> <br /> Thanks Knowroaming! How do Emirates cabin crew look so good all the time? cabincrew72 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:52 GMT <h2>Emirates cabin crew without question have mastered the art of looking good...</h2> <br /> The trick to looking so fabulous is apparently due to a well-executed make-up routine, when asked what beauty products should be taken on flights, they recommend plant-based products these type of beauty products they explain help protect the skin and also retain moisture which is important if you are flying for long periods of time.<br /> <br /> Other recommendations included within their beauty regime – Wearing colour correction creams and Blemish Base, and make-up which is mineral-based, also that make-up is removed with an alcohol-free cleanser and a hydration mask is used during the flight to keep skin hydrated.<br /> <br /> They also state that lip balm should be applied continuously however lip gloss should be AVOIDED. <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Emirates cabin crew</a> carry out a mini skin care routine before landing and applying make-up. The mini skin care routine involves the use of an exfoliator, eye gel and moisturiser.<br /> <br /> <img src="" /><br /> <strong>Looking good at 30,000 feet takes dedication keeping to a strict mini skin care routine.</strong><br /> <br /> Also another top tip shared by Emirates cabin crew is the use of anti-fatigue eye serums, under-eye concealers with light reflectors along with tinted moisturiser.<br /> <br /> <strong>How do they keep their fabulous hairstyles in check? </strong><br /> <br /> They say that hair styling products are a big no, no - Instead they recommend hair oil which stops hair drying out and also the use of a wooden hair brush to prevent static electricity from affecting their immaculate hairstyles.<br /> <br /> Also another way to avoid hair suffering from static electricity is to apply a drop of water onto your hands and then smooth it over your hair – Some cabin crew members use a pea sized amount of hand cream or even lip gloss which stops fly away hair and keeps the frizz under control, which works great.<br /> <br /> <h3>A recap on the tips and beauty regime so far</h3><br /> <br /> > Cabin crew to wear natural plant based beauty products which help the skin retain moisture over longer periods of time.<br /> > Colour correction and Blemish base or mineral-based make ups are a far better option.<br /> > Use alcohol-free cleanser to remove make-up and use hydration masks in flight to keep the skin hydrated.<br /> > Lip balm – Use continuously to prevent lips drying and cracking<br /> > Before the plane lands and also before applying make-up, use a cleanser/exfoliater, eye gel and moisturiser. This mini skin care regime will keep your skin fresh and vibrant.<br /> <br /> The use of quality anti-fatigue eye serums work by a tightening effect and help tired eyes feel and look energized some of these products have caffeine in them.<br /> <br /> Under eye concealers that have light reflectors are recommended for that fresh look, also apply a tinted moisturiser as an alternative to powder, in which to infuse the skin unlike powder which can dry the skin out. Once this is done follow with a light blusher and apply lip gloss.<br /> <br /> <img src="" /><br /> <strong>Looking good preparing for flight - Emirates have the WOW factor..!</strong><br /> <br /> If you are a male cabin crew member use shaving oil to help soften and moisturise the area before shaving, this will prevent skin-irritation and dryness. They also recommend using a shaving brush to apply foam as this acts as a natural exfoliater, and also prevents ingrowing hairs.<br /> <br /> Walking through the cabin while on long flights is recommended to avoid blood circulation being impacted and feet becoming swollen.<br /> <br /> Cabin crew recommend that processed snacks, for example pretzels and crisps are avoided and also cheese, cold cut meats as these types of snacks contain a high sodium content which will cause bloating while on the plane.<br /> <br /> Cabin crew members recommend drinking lots of water during the flight to stay hydrated and also when you can try and drink lots of water prior to travel and preferably some fruit and vegetable juices (cucumber is a firm favourite).<br /> <br /> <h3>Emirates cabin crew certainly know their stuff, but what about diet?</h3><br /> <br /> Water based food such as fruit and vegetables are with out question the best option on long haul flights, as not only do these types of food prevent de-hydration but also counteract puffiness in the skin. Also that they are full of fibre, antioxidants and other nutrients to help maintain healthy looking skin.<br /> <br /> <img src="" /><br /> <strong>Choosing to eat healthy veggies and fruit, help keep your keep skin looking vibrant and fresh</strong><br /> <br /> They recommend applying body lotion or body oil on clean skin before take-off, also one to avoid is waterproof masscara as this will make eye lashes dry.<br /> <br /> Helen Roxburgh is the training manager for Emirates cabin crew and is responsible for Uniform and Image – She explained that cabin crew members are taught beauty techniques as part of their training to work on the airline. It is also recommend that cabin crew follow a strict skincare routine which will help them deal with different hours of work.<br /> <br /> The use of exfoliation mask are highly recommended to help keep the skin looking vibrant and fresh.<br /> <br /> When it comes to cabin crew I am sure you will agree that Emirates are at the forefront it should be noted that cabin crew members are under a lot of pressure to look so good as after all <strong>'They only have one opportunity to make a good first impression.'</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Are you interested in working for Emirates, why not head over to the </strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Emirates Recruitment Page</a> <strong>to find out about all the latest job offerings from one of the worlds biggest airlines, right here on </strong><strong></strong> How to find comfortable cabin crew shoes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:36:51 GMT <strong>Uniform</strong><br /> You need to be aware of your uniform restrictions before you choose a pair of shoes – some airlines will insist on heeled shoes whereas some may prefer that you wear flat shoes. Once you know this you will have a good place to start.<br /> <br /> <strong>Heeled shoes</strong><br /> Finding a comfortable pair of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> shoes is often very difficult. Heeled shoes place your foot at an unnatural angle which can create pain and discomfort throughout the foot, knees and back. If you are required to wear heeled shoes you should make sure the heel is small and wide. Stiletto heels, no matter how small, will never be comfortable if you’re on your feet for a long time. <br /> <br /> Because they have a very small surface area you constantly have to balance which can strain your muscles. If you look for a square heel with a wider platform area your balance will be improved. <br /> <br /> <strong>Flat shoes</strong><br /> Flat shoes are generally more comfortable as you don’t have to negotiate a heel – however if you have a particularly high arch in your foot you may find discomfort from flat shoes as well. Many shoe shops will provide inserts which can help to pad out the space between the arch in your foot and the bottom of your shoe – this will help considerably. <br /> <br /> <strong>Other considerations</strong><br /> When choosing a pair of shoes that you are going to be wearing for long periods of time you will need to also think about the material. Most airlines require you to wear a leather shoe, which can sometimes be quite stiff. Have a think about the softness of the leather when buying your shoes, particularly around the heel area. If you can squish the back of the shoe with your finger and it doesn’t feel too stiff then they are less likely to give you blisters. <br /> <br /> <strong>Where to buy?</strong><br /> Of course you can buy your Cabin Crew shoes from regular shoe shops but you can also get them online from various specialist websites. There are several websites that provide good looking shoes without compromising on comfort.<br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Browse cabin crew jobs today</a>.<br /> <br /> Article written by Alison Clements Top 5 Sexually Transmitted Infections cabin crew should avoid Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:10:17 GMT Here are the top five sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that cabin crew are exposed to, and ways to avoid and/or treat, them with a few myth busters thrown in.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chlamydia</strong> – the most common bacterial STI in the UK – it often has no symptoms and so is passed on easily to others through unprotected sex. A simple urine test for men and a self-taken swab for women will diagnose chlamydia. The treatment is just two antibiotic tablets. Easy!<br /> <br /> <strong>Gonorrhoea</strong> – a bacterial infection, which causes a greenish discharge in 85% of men who have the infection in their penis. Women get symptoms in about 50% of cases. If you have symptoms it is best to go to your local sexual health clinic where they can diagnose and treat on the spot. Treatment is two antibiotic tablets and an injection in your buttock. In men who have sex with men, chlamydia and gonorrohoea can be in your mouth and rectum too – so these will need a swab – you can take these swabs yourself if you have no symptoms.<br /> <br /> <strong>Herpes</strong> is a virus, which causes cold sores – either on your genitals or on your mouth. The ulcers are painful, but will usually settle in around 7 days. They are transmitted by skin to skin contact rather than through semen or vaginal fluid. Wearing condoms can decrease transmission. Treatment is oral tablets for 5 days, with pain relief.<br /> <br /> <strong>Warts</strong> are caused by the human papilloma virus which is passed through skin to skin contact in the genital region. Warts look like small cauliflower florets and they can sometimes itch. People often find them unsightly and removal is cosmetic. Treatment is cream put directly on the warts a few days a week. The new vaccine aims to prevent the different strains of warts which are linked to cervical, anal and head and neck cancers, however the strains of virus that cause visible warts are not those linked to cancers.<br /> <br /> <strong>Syphilis </strong>– for those of you living south of Gatwick, be aware that there is a syphilis epidemic currently. Predominantly seen in men who have sex with men, this can again present with an ulcer (chancre), but this time, it is painless. If this goes unrecognized, patients then present with secondary syphilis, often a non-itchy rash. Treatment involves a penicillin injection in the buttocks.<br /> <br /> <strong>Myth-busters!</strong><br /> <br /> If you have any concerns about your sexual health, your local friendly sexual health clinic will be happy to help. It is important to know that sexual health clinics are wholly confidential, you are free to give a false name (Mickey Mouse is very popular) and that we do not contact your GP, friends or family. <br /> <br /> Many men are concerned that a large painful umbrella will be inserted in their penis– however in reality, in a person with no symptoms, there is nothing more than a ‘pee in a pot’. Women with no symptoms are free to do a self-taken swab – no speculum required.<br /> <br /> In those who have symptoms, men require a small swab from the tip of their penis (and rectum if necessary) and women will require a speculum examination.<br /> All patients are offered a blood test for HIV and syphilis, most important, as their symptoms are minimal.<br /> <br /> Condoms and lube are freely available in clinic to suit all shapes, sizes and allergies.<br /> <br /> The team at the sexual health clinic are happy to explain all about ANY sexually transmitted infections and will guide you as to how to explain to recent partners about how they need to be treated too – this can be done anonymously if that is preferred.<br /> <br /> We look forward to seeing you at your local sexual health clinic and if you are at the Claude Nicol Unit in Brighton – do say Hi!<br /> <br /> <strong>Dr Tabitha Morrison MBBS BSc DCH DRCOG MRCGP works as a Clinical Medical Officer at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">The Sussex Beacon</a> (a unit for people living with HIV) and the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Claude Nicol Centre</a>, the Sexual Health Clinic at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.</strong><br /> <br /> View the latest <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> here. 10 Home Truths about Cabin Crew Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:06:06 GMT Although it can be quite a serious and demanding job, we like to look on the bright side too…<br /> <br /> <strong>1.</strong> 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!<br /> <br /> <strong>2.</strong> Many <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew</a> have professional backgrounds and are highly educated. We have ex lawyers, nurses, teachers, accountants, managers – you name it…<br /> <br /> <strong>3.</strong> 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.<br /> <br /> <strong>4.</strong> 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…<br /> <br /> <strong>5.</strong> 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!’<br /> <br /> <strong>6.</strong> 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.<br /> <br /> <strong>7.</strong> 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!<br /> <br /> <strong>8.</strong> Most of us love our work and we don’t see it as a job as such, it is a way of life…<br /> <br /> <strong>9.</strong> 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!<br /> <br /> <strong>10.</strong> 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!<br /> <br /> I hope you enjoyed this light-hearted focus on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> – it’s a funny old life and I am sure many Cabin Crew can relate to it, new or old!<br /> <br /> <strong>About the author:</strong> <br /> <br /> 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 <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">series of E-books</a> to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.<br /> <br /> For more information please visit <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> today. Six budgeting tips for cabin crew Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:34:45 GMT It’s easy to do once you form the habit. Making your <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> pay packet last longer can be very rewarding, and for many of us reigning in the spending in the run up to Christmas is simply a must-do. So here are some helpful hints on how to budget better.<br /> <br /> <strong>1. Focus on savings:</strong> <br /> Whether you’re saving up for a new car; a holiday, or that must have handbag, once you’ve created your budget you need to work out how much you can save every month – even if it’s just a tenner. The best way of making sure that you do save a little money every month is to open a savings account which you only have limited access to (for example five withdrawals per annum) and then set up a standing order from your current account so the day you get paid, your savings will transfer automatically into your other account.<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Put away your credit and debit cards:</strong> <br /> At the beginning of every week, take an amount of cash out of your bank account that you’ve budgeted for non-essential purchases such as a night out with friends or a new pair of shoes. This will really help you stick to your budget as when you’re down to your last five pound note you will know that you can’t afford to go shopping.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Share the responsibility:</strong> <br /> If you live with a partner or housemates, make sure you’re not the only one concerned about budgeting. If everyone in your household takes part, you will all find you have more spare cash and the bills will be easy to take care of. Spend some time discussing household costs with flatmates, to make sure you’re not the one buying all the cleaning products and bathroom essentials every month. <br /> <br /> <strong>4. Credit Card debts: </strong><br /> All of us have been there at one point or another – we can’t quite afford something we ‘need’ so we borrow it on a credit card. Although the minimum payments on your credit card every month might feel manageable, you will end up paying back so much more in the long run. Try and pay the absolute maximum you can afford each month, so you don’t get stung by interest rates. Also, cut up the physical card so you can’t spend on it while you’re trying to pay back your debts.<br /> <br /> <strong>5. Track your receipts</strong><br /> Admittedly this is the most boring part of budgeting, as writing down your expenditure can take forever! But if you follow step two by using cash instead of your card where possible then your online banking statements won’t be much help to you. Buy yourself a nice notebook and each week just jot down what you’ve spent and where, and add it up. You’ll soon realise how much cash actually passes through your hands.<br /> <br /> <strong>6. And finally; be flexible! </strong><br /> Life isn’t going to cost you the same amount week in, week out. You might have a surprise social event; or your car breaks down, or maybe your best friend needs to be treated to lunch. Whatever happens you need to be able to pay for it. The best way of doing this is to have a bit of money put aside every week that hasn’t been budgeted elsewhere. That means if something unexpected happens you’ll be able to pay for it, and if it doesn’t, well that’s a little extra cash for you!<br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="cabin crew jobs">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> <strong>Article written by Alison Clements</strong> Help, I need a summer body! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:21:22 GMT Hiding behind a colourful sarong or T-shirt is one option of course, but if you have a couple of weeks before your beach holiday, there’s a lot you can do to improve your shape, and feel psychologically prepared to get into that bikini or those trunks. <br /> <br /> <strong>Start by eating plenty of healthy, natural foods. </strong><br /> That means cutting out the junk food like chips, cakes, pizzas, and ice cream. Cut down the size of your portions slightly and phase out sugar from tea and coffee. Focus on eating foods that are high in protein and fibre. <br /> <br /> A great idea is to snack on raw vegetables such as carrot sticks and celery. The more colourful the veg the better it is for you say nutritionists, so stock up on beetroot, carrots, kale, tomatoes, and broccoli. Combine them in a salad or eat them with low fat hummus. <br /> <br /> <strong>Switch from juice to water.</strong> <br /> Substituting water for every other drink will drastically lower your caloric intake. So if you're really serious about getting that body looking in tip-top shape, don't drink anything but water. <br /> <br /> <strong>Stock up on quality sleep. </strong><br /> Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. Sleep is the third part of the puzzle for many looking to lose weight – as you shed pounds you need to rest too and this will actually help you with your diet regime. Apparently the body produces more glucose and insulin when it’s deprived of sleep, and this messes with your plans to shed a few pounds. So get some shut-eye. You’ll also have more energy, and be properly charged up for the treadmill and rowing machine!<br /> <br /> <strong>Find time for cardio exercise.</strong><br /> Cardio is the best possible way to burn calories and get your body in shape. The goal is to get your heart rate going at a healthy level so that it burns extra energy. Regular trips to the gym, an exercise class, or running and cycling every day if you can will help you stay in shape. Always remember to stretch and warm up properly before exercise, and if you need to slow down and take a steady walk, that’s fine. <br /> <br /> <strong>Establish your own a workout routine. </strong><br /> A workout routine is an important part of getting that body ready for the beach. Working your body targets extra flab where you don't want it: your arms, thighs, bums and tums. <br /> <br /> Warm up with arm circles, knee lifts, bottom kicks and lunging stretches. Here are some workout ideas that will get you started. <br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Invest in your body and your swimwear! </strong><br /> <br /> It’s amazing how transformed you can feel after a massage, pedicure, manicure, and perhaps a cheeky spray tan. A waxing session, getting your eyebrows done, and spending time having your hair cut and styled, will all boost your confidence and your self image. <br /> <br /> Lastly make sure your swimwear fits well and boosts you in all the right places! 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The trouble with tattoos Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:56:06 GMT While it’s widely considered that you will be OK with tattoos so long as they are ‘not visible’ – i.e. they are safely hidden under the uniform – many hiring airlines do ask applicants at first interview if they have any tattoos at all, and contributors to our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">forum</a> and <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""> Facebook</a> have certainly failed to get beyond the first stage once they’ve talked about their tattoos, even if they’re positioned on shoulders, back, stomach. <br /> <br /> Others who have kept quiet about discreet tattoos have got through without a problem – which does seem an unfair situation, and confusing for those going through the selection process!<br /> <br /> There are even cases where people with visible tattoos say they get by with plasters and cover-up make-up. So it seems there are many degrees of tolerance about tattoos across the world of aviation. <br /> <br /> <strong>So what to do about your tattoos?</strong><br /> <br /> The broad advice is that most airlines like to adopt a minimal approach when it comes to their cabin crew having tattoos. Some have had to relax their ‘no tattoos at all’ policy to comply with discrimination laws. The main thing to remember is that any visible tattoos are likely to be refused as they can appear to be untidy, and in some cultures tattoos are more frowned upon than others. In Japan tattoos are associated with the Japanese mafia, for instance. <br /> <br /> Tattoos that can be covered by uniform and shoes may be OK but the advice from experts is that it’s worth checking with the airline where you're thinking of applying, to clarify exactly what their policy is. HR officers should be able to tell you this, or you may even be able to find details on the careers section of the airline's website. For instance Emirates mentions tattoos on the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Emirates Group Careers Centre</a> site.<br /> <br /> <strong>Airlines all have slightly different policies</strong> <br /> <br /> The majority of airlines seem to want no tattoos at all, and their argument for this is that, if a new uniform is designed – say with shorter sleeves, or a thinner material – it could mean tattoos on existing staff will be revealed. ‘Hidden’ tattoos might also be visible through a white top, which is not a look they will approve of. Daniel says on our Facebook page: “Ryanair do not allow any visible tattoos. Only those that can be covered by the uniform are allowed.”<br /> <br /> One comment on a forum discussing cabin crew tattoos says Singapore Airlines has been known to check female flight attendants for tattoos by having them appear in swimsuits. <br /> <br /> According to one of the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> forum members: “I had a Monarch assessment day recently and they asked about tattoos. But they not only asked about visible tattoos but hidden ones as well! They asked if I had any hidden ones as they said they can sometimes be seen through the shirt. This surprised me and might be worth bearing in mind for those with tattoos who want to apply for Monarch.”<br /> <br /> Another cabin crew member says of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Emirates</a>: ”In the past Emirates has asked if you have any tattoos. However, based on my experience, they always asked "do you have tattoos that will be visible in uniform" rather than if you have any in general. Furthermore, they ask you to sign a statement saying "I dont have any tattoos that are visible in uniform" and there is a diagram of a person with areas that are unacceptable for tattoos. It is lower arms, legs mid-calf down, and the neck.”<br /> <br /> Easyjet is also slightly more flexible when it comes to tattoos. James says on our Facebook page: “Easyjet will issue long sleeved shirts if you have visible tattoos on your arms and wrist.” <br /> <br /> <strong>Tattoo removal </strong><br /> <br /> Laser treatment for tattoo removal is one option for wannabe cabin crew but this can be costly and it can take some time, and leave you skin looking less than perfect. <br /> There are also products available to cover up tattoos – special make up and patches – although reviews suggest these aren’t always effective. Tattoo make up may require several layers and then can rub off over time, or fail completely to cover a bright tattoo. Stage make up is another option to try, but as many cabin crew employees have said, tricking an airline at interview into thinking you’re tattoo-free could lead to dismissal and disappointment later on! <br /> <br /> What seems clear is that airlines are not likely to relax their rules completely about tattoos in the near future. <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. <br /> <br /> Article written by Alison Clements<br /> Photo: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""> Jinny the Squinny </a>on flickr Tips for happy house-sharing Thu, 02 May 2013 14:29:56 GMT Classic complaints among <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> living in close quarters with others include piles of washing up left untouched, no-one emptying the bins, arguments over bills, loud music and flatmate moodiness. <br /> <br /> Of course moving in with people you don’t know can be daunting. It takes time to get to know one another, understand personality traits and unusual habits. You will need to put some effort into working out the best way to share space and make the home comfortable and welcoming for all. <br /> <br /> So what can you do to make the best of the time you spend together? Here are a few dos and don’ts. <br /> <br /> <strong>Do </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>….have ‘house rules’</strong><br /> By getting together and sorting out the ‘house rules’ you can go a long way to ensuring a harmonious time under one roof. These might cover how the cleaning gets done, what happens when guests come to stay, arrangements for sharing the bathroom and kitchen, etc. <br /> <br /> <strong>…..compromise</strong><br /> Remember you can't expect to move into a shared house and have everything just the way you like it. This is SHARED accommodation so you’ll need to compromise. Have plenty of discussions and try and see everyone’s point of view. For instance if there are real issues about cleaning, could you club together to pay for a cleaner?<br /> <br /> <strong>….make the most of communal space</strong><br /> Make your shared space – if you’re lucky enough to have some – clean, uncluttered, yet homely. You might want to pool some money for a decent sofa and coffee table, and talk about what décor you all agree will suit the room. Why not arrange to have a weekly or monthly film night, or meal together?<br /> <br /> <strong>….have a cleaning rota </strong><br /> Cleaning is often the biggest bone of contention in shared houses and flats. So it’s well worth planning out a cleaning rota, and sticking to it as closely as possible. <br /> <br /> <strong>Don’t</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>….invade people’s privacy</strong><br /> When you’re house sharing, remember to respect your housemates’ privacy. It’s best not to wander in and out of their rooms without warning, even if you know them well. If you want to borrow something from their room, always ask first and don’t just assume what’s theirs is up for grabs. It’s polite to knock! <br /> <br /> <strong>….hide your feelings </strong><br /> If things about the flatshare are getting on your nerves you really must speak up rather than dwell on the annoyance. For instance if one member of the house excessively uses an electric heater which is bumping up the heating bill – you must have that discussion! <br /> <br /> <strong>……fall out over music or toilet rolls </strong><br /> In a shared house there are going to be times when you are irritated by your housemates and its common for disputes to blow up over relatively small issues. Try to remember that incidents like the loo roll running out, bins not being emptied, music played too loud, or someone accidentally locking you out, probably haven’t been done to deliberately aggravate you. In other words you might need to just chill out and live with things from time to time. Communication will be the key to overcoming such problems, and so work hard to apologise if you are to blame, or accept others’ apologies if it will mean a return to harmony in the home. <br /> <br /> So as long as the basic rules and routines are clear, flat or house-sharing can be a cost-effective and sociable way to live. Communal living is certainly much more interesting than living on your own. <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. Best ways to tackle cabin crew tiredness Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:35:35 GMT There are ways to help reduce fatigue once you can establish the cause, so first of all have a think about your lifestyle and how that could be affecting your energy levels. The more you do to improve your physical wellbeing generally, the better your body will cope with flying across time zones and working irregular hours. So begin by assessing your physical and emotional state – as if these are out of order, your tiredness levels may soar while working as cabin crew. <br /> <br /> <strong>Weight issues </strong><br /> Being overweight or underweight are the two most common causes for feeling tired all the time. If you are overweight your body has to work harder and if you are underweight your body doesn’t have enough energy to burn and it has to work overtime to keep you going.<br /> <br /> <strong>You are what you eat</strong><br /> Diet can play a major role in combating tiredness. The first step to preventing tiredness by nutritional means is to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet.<br /> <br /> What should you be eating to stave off <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> tiredness? A balanced diet includes plenty of fresh, preferably raw fruits and vegetables, wholewheat or unprocessed grains, and cereals, legumes and nuts, low-fat or skim milk and dairy products, small amounts of lean meat, fish, and chicken, eggs and small quantities of poly- or mono- unsaturated oils and fats.<br /> <br /> Diets that contain too few carbohydrates, and too much fat, too few vitamins and minerals, will all contribute to your feelings of tiredness. Very low calorie or starvation diets that don't supply sufficient energy to keep your body going, will also make you feel exhausted. Avoid extreme diets to lose weight, as these could lead to you getting depressed, lacking energy and ending up eating more 'forbidden foods' than before.<br /> <br /> <strong>Irregular sleep patterns</strong><br /> If you are suffering from insomnia – not able to get to sleep or waking up at irregular times – there are many options open to you. You might want to invest in special light box and find out about the benefits of Light Therapy. You can also learn relaxation techniques or self-hypnosis which will help you get off to sleep. And there are many natural sleeping tablets to consider. Of course consult your doctor if you are unsure of how to progress. <br /> <br /> <strong>Stop being a couch potato</strong><br /> People who do not get plenty of regular exercise in the fresh air, are more prone to tiredness than those that work out in a gym, walk, run, or jog, swim, or play sport at least twice a week. <br /> The solution to "couch potato" tiredness is to get moving and make a habit of getting regular exercise. You will also find that when you sleep after vigorous exercise, that you are more rested and refreshed.<br /> <br /> <strong>Emotional state causes tiredness</strong> <br /> If you work antisocial hours or irregular shifts this could be a contributing factor to the fatigue you feel every day. Of course you can’t just up and change your career at the drop of a hat; so what can you do about it? <br /> <br /> According to many psychiatrists the main reason for feeling tired is due to emotional and mental attitudes towards various situations. It has been said that if you are by in large a healthy person but you’re working a job or are in a relationship that you don’t enjoy then this can induce fatigue as it is emotionally draining to be dissatisfied in such an important part of your life. <br /> <br /> If you find yourself feeling regularly bored; anxious, resentful, worried or panicked you are more than likely experiencing feelings of tiredness as well.<br /> <br /> One thing that you can do to help control your tiredness is to actually take up an activity – we’re not talking running marathons here but a twice weekly exercise or dance class can relieve stress and boredom and promote the release of the happy hormone serotonin which will make you feel more awake and more fulfilled.<br /> <br /> <strong>Overcoming Jet Lag</strong> <br /> According to medical specialists Bupa, there aren’t any medicines specifically available for jet lag. However, there’s evidence to suggest that the hormone melatonin can be useful in people who are travelling across more than five time zones. Melatonin has not been licensed yet for jet lag, but if a doctor who specialises in travel has experience in this area, he or she may be able to prescribe it to you as an off-licence medication. Talk to a doctor at a travel clinic if you’re travelling somewhere where you think you will need this treatment.<br /> <br /> If you’re tired when you need to be alert, caffeine can help as a temporary pick-up. But don’t drink lots of coffee in the hours before you need to get to sleep.<br /> <br /> <strong>Think positive about your job</strong> <br /> The other thing you can do is to tackle the bits and pieces in your life that you feel may be responsible for your tiredness; if your job is one which you don’t want to leave but you’re not all that happy with it either then try and find the positives in it – you’re progressing in your career, albeit a little slowly, and you're socialising everyday with people from all walks of life. It's a fantastic job, if you can see beyond the tiredness!<br /> <br /> You can also try and focus your tiredness in to securing a promotion or reaching another goal in your personal life to help turn it from fatigue to positive energy.<br /> <br /> Here are some more tips on how to overcome jet lag and general tiredness<br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Article written by Alison Clements How to get into airport lounges Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:17:30 GMT Each country will operate different kinds of customer service facilities in airports, but a recent study from Australia shows that it’s worth finding out if you can make use of comfortable, reasonably priced - or even free - airport lounges and really put yourself in a good frame of mind before a flight. <br /> <br /> has studied what’s on offer across Australia’s airports in a bid to show you the benefits often on offer. They’ve even put together a handy infographic which sums up the very interesting findings [see below]. <br /> <br /> The important thing for regular travellers to realise is that there are some airport lounges which are not just for business class flyers or exclusive to a particular airline's passengers. For instance some are run by private lounge operators and those available for free to customers of certain banks.<br /> <br /> Take a look at the facts below so you can see which benefits you can get in the different lounges. Maybe you can travel in style next time you jet off.<br /> <br /> <img src=""/><br />Airport lounges – the travel industry’s best kept secret – An infographic by <a href="">Cheapflights</a><br /> <br /> Browse <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> Survival Downroute – out and about! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:59:33 GMT <strong>Here are some practical tips:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Top Tips on the road:</strong><br /> - Look after yourself down route - don’t take risks<br /> <br /> - When going out stay with another crew member if you can - or tell someone where you are going<br /> <br /> - Only carry minimal money/jewellery with you <br /> <br /> - If possible carry your crew ID, so that you are identifiable or can prove who you are<br /> <br /> - Be aware of your surroundings and if you don’t know, ask the concierge for a map or directions<br /> <br /> - Keep your room keycard/folder handy - especially useful if you are in a taxi and they do not understand you - for example if the hotel name is in Arabic, then it is an easy way to say where you need to go<br /> <br /> - Be culturally aware - for example in Arabic countries be aware of their customs and be respectful<br /> <br /> - If you want to take a photograph of someone - ask them first if it is ok to do so, in some countries, this is offensive<br /> <br /> - If you visit a church or temple, remember to cover your shoulders and knees or take off your shoes (varies in different cultures)<br /> <br /> - Try and research a place beforehand or use your colleagues’ knowledge of a place<br /> <br /> - If in doubt ask at the hotel reception/concierge<br /> <br /> - If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave immediately and go back to the hotel<br /> <br /> - If you are out and about with your crew - look after each other!<br /> <br /> <strong>About Patricia Green:</strong> <br /> <br /> I have been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for 6 years and also a SCCM. For the last 6 years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. This last year, I moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Consultant</a>, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">E-books</a> to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.<br /> For more information please visit <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Photo: Flickr 10 super foods to boost your immune system Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:35:54 GMT So what should you eat? It’s best to include certain nutrients in your diet that will boost your body's defence system and hopefully allow you to carry out your <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> work feeling healthy and vibrant. <br /> <br /> Consuming adequate amounts of Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal tissue and mucous membranes, while vitamin A deficiency can cause night blindness, poor growth, increased infections and dry scaly skin. There are hundreds of carotenoids and some (such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, gamma-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin) can be converted into Vitamin A in our bodies. Foods that contain significant amounts of carotenoids include carrots, sweet potato, spinach, broccoli and apricots. <br /> <br /> Generally it’s good to eat plenty of Vitamin C. It increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies and increases levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses. The good news is that you don't have to take in massive amounts of vitamin C to boost your immune system. Around 200 milligrams a day is the recommended amount and you can get this simply by eating at least six servings of fruits and vegetables a day.<br /> <br /> Zinc is also important. This valuable mineral increases the production of white blood cells that fight infection and helps them fight more aggressively. Foods rich in zinc include oysters, crab, beef, turkey, and beans.<br /> <br /> Here are some surprising ‘super foods’ for you to focus on: <br /> <br /> <strong>Button mushrooms</strong><br /> Button mushrooms cotain the mineral selenium and low levels of selenium have been linked to an increased risk of developing more severe flu. The B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, found in these mushrooms, may play a role in a healthy immune system. <br /> <br /> <strong>Acai berry</strong><br /> The little acai berry's dark colour signals that it is high in antioxidants called anthocyanins. Some studies suggest antioxidants may help you maintain immune health as you age. You can find acai berries as a juice or smoothie, or dried and mixed with muesli.<br /> <br /> <strong>Oysters</strong><br /> Often referred to as an aphrodisiac oysters could also help the immune system thanks to the mineral zinc. Some studies suggest zinc may have an antiviral effect.<br /> <br /> <strong>Watermelon</strong><br /> Ripe watermelon also has plenty of a powerful antioxidant, called glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection, glutathione is found in the red pulpy flesh near the rind.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cabbage</strong><br /> Cabbage is inexpensive and easily available, and importantly is another source of glutathione – meaning it could help maintain the body’s immune system. You can add cabbage to soups and stews to provide extra antioxidants and possibly boost your meal's nutritional value.<br /> <br /> <strong>Low fat yoghurt</strong><br /> Recent studies have found a link between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of colds and flu. A daily pot of live, active or ‘probiotic’ yoghurt may reduce your chances of getting a cold. <br /> <br /> <strong>Sweet potato</strong><br /> Like carrots, sweet potatoes have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which mops up damaging free radicals. Beta-carotene is converted in the body into vitamin A, which is linked to slowing the ageing process and may reduce the risk of some cancers.<br /> <br /> <strong>Tea</strong><br /> Both green and black tea are loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids which can are powerful antioxidants. Apparently caffeinated and decaf work equally well.<br /> <br /> <strong>Spinach</strong><br /> A classic ‘superfood’, spinach is nutrient-rich. It contains folate, which helps your body produce new cells and repair DNA. And it boasts fibre, antioxidants, such as vitamin C, and more. <br /> <br /> <strong>Garlic</strong><br /> Garlic offers several antioxidants that may help battle against immune system invaders because it targets bacteria and viruses. Researchers suggest its best to peel, chop and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking to activate immune boosting enzymes. <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. 17 Questions most asked by passengers ...and the surprising answers! Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:13:10 GMT They only see the uniform and you asking ‘tea or coffee’ or ‘chicken or beef’ each flight. The do not realise, the real reason we are there – we are there for when things go wrong, badly wrong – there are no emergency services at 34,000 feet. <br /> <br /> <strong>Helping passengers understand the role of cabin crew</strong><br /> <br /> As <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> our role is to look after the passengers safety and welfare and they do not realise we are also the rescuer, the fire fighter, babysitter, doctor, chef, travel advisor, waitress and cleaner. It would be great to see those difficult passengers who often treat us with disrespect, or never say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ to take our initial training course and really understand why we are there. They don’t want to see this of course and the odd ‘thank you’ would be nice! Considering this, here are some questions we get asked by passengers who do not understand our role and the surprising answers:<br /> <br /> <strong>1. Why should I watch the safety demo, I’ve seen it all before?</strong><br /> <br /> Do you know where your lifejacket is and where your nearest exit is? Yes, the lifejacket is usually under your seat but on some aircraft types or different classes it can be in another stowage around the seat area. You will probably not be in the same seat every flight, so your nearest exit will be different. Each aircraft type is slightly different too, so the layout of the aircraft and the type of door will not always be the same. Sometimes passengers will talk all the way through the demonstration this means that other people around you will not hear it clearly and they may not have flown before. We do these demonstrations for a reason, not just for fun.<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Why do you show us how to use a life jacket when we are not flying over the sea?</strong><br /> <br /> There are still some pretty big lakes and reservoirs we fly over, or what if we have to divert to another location over the sea? Personally, I would rather know that my lifejacket is there and how to use it. Also, it has been proven that on a landing on water some passengers inflate their lifejacket before leaving the aircraft. This is very unfortunate as when the water rises the lifejackets rise too (they are stronger than you think) and this leaves you at the roof of the aircraft and unable to get out and people have drowned because of this, when otherwise they would have survived the landing on water. That is why we ask you to wait until you are outside the aircraft before you inflate the lifejacket.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. I want to read during landing, why do you turn the lights off at night?</strong><br /> <br /> This is so that your eyes slowly adjust to the night vision. If we had an emergency landing, there is unlikely to be any light inside the aircraft, so we are giving you the best chance to be able to see to get out...<br /> <br /> <strong>4. I need my handbag on my lap as there is no seat in front of me to put it under...</strong><br /> <br /> We need to put your bag in the overhead locker if there is no seat space in front of you. All luggage has to be secure. If we are hurtling along the runway at over 500 miles per hour and we have to brake sharply or have a ‘go around’ or an emergency landing, that bag in G-force will probably remove most of your face, or someone else’s.<br /> <br /> <strong>5. The seatbelt signs are off, why should I leave my seatbelt on?</strong><br /> <br /> Turbulence – there are 4 different kinds – one of which can just happen out of the blue, when the aircraft suddenly hits an air pocket. The aircraft will suddenly drop out of nowhere and if you happen to be standing up or not strapped in, you could find yourself hitting the ceiling and getting injured. The pilots will not necessarily get warning of this, so it is safer to leave your seatbelt on, it doesn’t have to be tight. Of course, if an emergency happened mid flight, you would want be strapped in and not sucked out of the aircraft or thrown around like a pebble inside it. This may sound dramatic but it is the reality in a decompression.<br /> <br /> <strong>6. I want to go to the toilet and we haven’t taken off, why are you stopping me?</strong><br /> <br /> Taxing, believe it or not is quite fast – the aircraft may not have left the ground yet, but it is moving fast. There are a lot of other aircraft around too, so it is possible the flight crew may have to apply the brakes now and again... if you are standing at this time, you may well fall over and get hurt. If the flight crew have put the seatbelt signs on, it is for very good reason and for your own safety.<br /> <br /> <strong>7. Why do you look like you are ignoring me, when we are taking off/landing?</strong><br /> <br /> Yes, we like a chat as much as the next person, but during taxi/take off and landing we need to practice our ‘silent review’. This is what we need to do in an emergency situation, we have to know how to check for hazards, operate the door and get you out of there as quickly and safely as possible. We are also considering the suitability of passengers around us, who may be able to help in an emergency evacuation.<br /> <br /> <strong>8. Why do you insist I take my headphones off before take off?</strong><br /> <br /> Accidents are most likely to occur during take-off and landing. We do ask you to remove headphones as if things did go wrong this flight, you could hear the evacuation alarm and our commands to get you out of there as quickly as possible.<br /> <br /> <strong>9. Why won’t you lift my bag into the overhead locker?</strong><br /> <br /> From experience, the irony is that the bag is usually much heavier than it looks and of course all cabin crew have super human powers of strength that enable us to lift your bag into the overhead locker. Mostly we do lift your bags as we don’t want to offend and after all, we know how to get maximum space out of every locker. Unfortunately we often get injured because of this. Please think about this – if you can’t lift it, it will probably be difficult for us too and secondly, if we had an emergency landing and the lockers collapsed (again a proven incident) consider how much damage that heavy suitcase could do to the people sitting underneath it.<br /> <br /> <strong>10. If we crashed, we would all die anyway so why should I look at the safety card?</strong><br /> <br /> Because we are trained specifically on how to deal with emergency situations and many different scenarios, we would hope unless the accident was truly catastrophic then there would still be a good chance we can get you out. We are trained to evacuate an aircraft (even the A380) in just 90 seconds. The safety card shows you how to use the brace position (limiting damage to your body on impact) it also shows you the exits and where there are slides – for example, one point to consider, is that not all overwing exits have slides and you may have to slide off the wing onto the ground. Also, if there is little or no light apart from the emergency lighting, it would be good to know how many seat rows you are from an exit and which direction you would go, as you may be disorientated and in a cabin filled with smoke.<br /> <br /> <strong>11. Doesn’t everyone already know how to use a seatbelt?</strong><br /> <br /> Not always. Not everyone is a frequent flyer and a passenger may be using an extension seatbelt to make the seatbelt bigger or a kangaroo lap belt to secure their baby – so one size does not fit all. Some people may find it physically difficult to open a seatbelt if they have a condition that limits the use of their hands. Also it has been shown that in an emergency situation, sometimes people panic and forget how to open a seatbelt and have been left in the aircraft, when it is assumed everyone has evacuated – nowadays as part of our procedures we check the cabin afterwards for any passengers who may have fallen, who are trapped etc before we leave the aircraft – we are the last to leave.<br /> <br /> <strong>12. I want to sit at the overwing emergency exit for the extra leg room...</strong><br /> <br /> That is fine. We will ask you to put your baggage in the overhead locker as in an emergency, we don’t want people running to the exit and then falling over bags and slowing the evacuation down. Secondly we will ask you if you are prepared to operate the overwing exit in case of emergency and assist people outside – if not we will have to reseat you. We will show you how to operate the exit in an emergency and ask you if you have any questions. We also have restrictions on which people can sit on the exit row as we need to get everyone out and quick.<br /> <br /> <strong>13. Why should I take off my shoes/glasses in an evacuation?</strong><br /> <br /> This is because we don’t want to puncture the emergency slides. In some cases the slide will still be usable in a different format but we would prefer it to remain inflated. Please don’t try and take your luggage off, you will come off the end of those slides pretty fast and you don’t want to get knocked out by your suitcase...<br /> <br /> <strong>14. It is morning, I am tired and I don’t want to open my window blind...</strong><br /> <br /> Sorry, we ask you to open the blind on take off and landing so that we can see such things that could occur like fire from the engine, ice on the wing etc. We just need to be able to check outside and make sure all is well and report to the flight crew if there looks to be anything wrong.<br /> <br /> <strong>15. What if I get sick?</strong><br /> <br /> Luckily we are trained in advanced first aid that is especially for use on an aircraft and we have an understanding of what conditions the aircraft can have on physiology. So, in most scenarios we can diagnose and stabilise someone who gets sick on the aircraft until we can land or divert to a closer airport if necessary. We also are trained in the usage of some controlled medications onboard and have a further medical kit for medical professionals. Finally, we are also trained in CPR and defibrillator use, in worst case scenario.<br /> <br /> <strong>16. Why can’t I use my mobile phone when the seat belt signs are switched on?</strong><br /> <br /> The electromagnetic waves can interfere with the aircraft systems in the cockpit, although it is rare it has happened during taxi-ing where all power was lost in the cockpit. Also, there has been a case of an aircraft refueller being badly injured when a spark caused by a mobile phone being used onboard, ignited fuel on the ground. Also, for your own comfort can you imagine how irritating it would be to sit on a flight with the person next to you being on the phone the whole time?<br /> <br /> <strong>17. Why can’t I smoke in the toilet?</strong><br /> <br /> It is unfortunate that still sometimes people try and smoke in the toilet. Often, they do not put out the cigarette properly and throw it in the bin – the bin holds a lot of waste paper, which can easily be set alight. As we check the bin regularly for this purposely, hopefully we could stop a fire before it gets out of control and we have the equipment to do this and are trained to fight fires. We have only 14 minutes to get to the ground before everything becomes catastrophic.<br /> <br /> So, although the things we ask people to do on flights may seem irritating, it’s clear that we are trying to do things in passengers’ best interests. Of course it’s vital that if something bad happens, we can deal with it, that is what we are really trained for – the worst case scenario. Some passengers understand, but for many, all of the above needs to be carefully explained. <br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin crew</a> go through 6 weeks training for this job and have to be tested by the authorities each year to make sure we are competent enough to continue our job. Amazingly, not even doctors and lawyers have to do this! We prepare for an emergency situation every flight and we hope passengers never have to see one to understand. Passengers may think we are only the waitress, but we are trained to save lives... Hopefully these explanations will help you explain to passengers what we do and why.<br /> <br /> <strong>About Patricia Green: </strong><br /> <br /> I have been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for six years and also a SCCM. For the last 6 years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. In 2011 I moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Consultant</a>, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">E-books</a> to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.<br /> <br /> For more information please visit <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today on <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a> Cosmetic treats and tips for flying life Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:23:24 GMT <strong>1.</strong> Find a good skincare range that suits you best. Flying ages and dries out your skin, so it is best to really look after it now. Personally, I like the Clarins range as it is not too harsh and is herbal based.<br /> <br /> <strong>2.</strong> Keep make-up light and fresh, you will feel much better for it after a long day and it is easy to top up during the turnaround/flight. Mineral make up is great for staying power and feeling light.<br /> <br /> <strong>3.</strong> Facial spritz can just help you freshen up quickly and cool you down. They can be expensive so why not make your own? Just add a drop of lavender and tea tree oil to water and put in a mini sized water spray bottle.<br /> <br /> <strong>4.</strong> A little tin of Vaseline is a great multi-purpose product. You can use it as lip balm, a highlighter on cheekbones and eyebrows and on dry skin patches and cuticles.<br /> <br /> <strong>5.</strong> Feet get sore and tired, so having a cooling foot spray can feel like a luxury and can be sprayed over hosiery.<br /> <br /> <strong>6.</strong> Hands get neglected while flying too, especially if you use anti bacterial hand gel on board. Find a little sample of hand cream to keep onboard.<br /> <br /> <strong>7.</strong> Don’t forget to use sunscreen if you go out in the sun, above SPF 20 is best. Look out for make up that includes SPF and save money!<br /> <br /> <strong>8.</strong> A mini toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag, will help you to feel fresh during a long flight or just after your crew meal.<br /> <br /> <strong>9.</strong> A little sachet of wet wipes in your crew bag will cover all sorts of cosmetic emergencies, so it’s worth having them ready.<br /> <br /> <strong>10.</strong> Dry shampoo in your suitcase can save your life, after a very quick nightstop or staying somewhere where the water is less than peachy. It also smells nice and gives hair some volume, great for hair emergencies.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>About Patricia Green: </strong><br /> I have been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for six years and also a SCCM. For the last 6 years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. I recently 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, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">E-books</a> to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.<br /> <br /> For more information please visit <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Photo: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Hello_bonnie</a> on flickr Eight ways to keep love alive when you work as cabin crew Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:01:21 GMT So what can help keep love alive? We posted this question on the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Facebook page</a> recently, asking you to give us your tips, so here’s the outcome - eight ways to manage your love life while jetting round the world!<br /> <br /> <strong>Take time to understand what you both want out of the relationship</strong> <br /> <br /> Unfortunately there is no rule book when it comes to having a successful relationship – every relationship will be different, and the two people involved are likely to have their own unique expectations of what being together means. Emil says: “Start by spending time together working out what is right for you and your partner. This will take some patience, but too many people give up at the first hurdle. So talk about what you both expect, and build the relationship from there.” <br /> <br /> <strong>Respect each others’ interests</strong> <br /> <br /> One misconception is that couples must have shared interests. In fact relationship experts say pursuing separate interests can often lead to a very healthy relationship. Yes of course you do need to have some things in common, but if you share all of your interests you could very quickly find that you’re in each other’s pockets all the time which isn’t healthy for anyone. “Remember that if you talk a lot about the amazing places you have visited as <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew,</a> you should give equal time listening to details about what your non-cabin crew boyfriend or girlfriend has seen or done recently,” suggests Fenella. <br /> <br /> <strong>Don’t dwell on your work problems</strong><br /> <br /> “Don’t bring the flight home, and don’t bring home to the flight,” says Brayan. This is a valid point, as no matter what your professional life throws at you, it’s not fair to discuss issues endlessly at home. Moaning about your boss, annoying passengers, or the long hours you’ve worked can be a real passion killer. So try to switch into a different way of thinking once you’ve worked your shift, and made it home. It will be better for you too!<br /> <br /> <strong>Make your time away a plus not a minus</strong><br /> <br /> There’s an old saying that applies perfectly to the cabin crew profession: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So for many flight attendants, short bursts of separation are used to enhance the relationship, rather than damage it. Adam says: “I personally find it’s better for relationships to have time away! You look forward to going away but then can enjoy looking forward to coming home to see your other half!” Some effort is required for this – make your ‘reunions’ interesting, romantic, sexy and fun. That way your other half will always look forward to the moment you return. Gareth says: “The time apart is what keeps my relationship strong. It's nice to have ‘me time’ and also ‘us time’. But work and home are always separate.”<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Choose a partner who understands </strong><br /> <br /> It might be the case that some individuals just won’t be able to cope with a partner who is constantly working rosters and likely to be away for long periods, missing weekends and working holidays. Jessica says: “If you think they won't be able to handle your work... they probably won't! Figure this out before you commit to the work or the relationship, then decide.” We think this is great advice – you will both be miserable if resentment creeps in.<br /> <br /> <strong>Don’t screw the crew</strong> <br /> <br /> This sounds rather blunt, but it’s an important one, and was certainly suggested by a few people on Facebook, who no doubt have seen colleagues mess up their love lives in this way. Although there are ample opportunities to ‘play away’ when you work as a flight attendant, this is a failsafe step towards wrecking a stable relationship at home. If you have someone special, think very carefully before getting involved with someone at work. “It’s highly unprofessional anyway, and getting a bad reputation can really damage your career,” says Susie. <br /> <br /> <strong>Communicate, communicate, communicate</strong> <br /> <br /> It’s easy for resentment to creep into any relationship and this could be exacerbated when you work in very different professions. Sheena makes the point that both parties must be equally willing to make the relationship work, and for this talking through issues is vital. “You should have an open communication and if there are misunderstandings you should never let it pass,” she says. ”Instead talk about it and don’t let your pride be the priority! If you’re not willing to talk things over and find ways to compromise “you will find yourself old and loveless!” says Sheena.<br /> <br /> <strong>Work hard at ‘quality time’ </strong><br /> <br /> Planning ahead is something <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> tend to be good at, or the job will take over personal lives completely. When you know what’s on the roster, make sure you plot time into your diary for trips away with your loved one, so you both have plenty to look forward to. Having tickets for gigs, theatre and festivals is a great idea, or even making sure you enjoy regular meals out or trips to the cinema. ‘Date nights’ at home are good too – as a low budget means of being thoughtful and romantic. Chris says: “My relationship works really well. He flies long haul and I fly short haul. The gods of rostering are always kind to us, and if we go longer periods of not seeing each other it just helps keep the all important flame alight. It can be tough at times but 99% of the time it's easy peasy!”<br /> <br /> We hope these snippets of advice are helpful. Please post any other tips that spring to mind and we will add them to the article. Happy flying and happy loving! <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> <strong>Article written by Alison Clements</strong> How to keep your skin looking vibrant Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:50:13 GMT Combine this with the fact that you are working across different time zones, often wearing makeup that clogs the pores, and probably lacking sleep…and it’s not surprising that so many <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> have either dried out skin, or suffer with break outs of spots and pimples. <br /> <br /> The number one piece of advice from skincare experts and seasoned cabin crew is to drink plenty of water – before, during and after flights. “Also get into the habit of moisturising both morning and night,” says Mahya on our Facebook page. <br /> <br /> Sandra D says: “Try and introduce as much Vitamin A into your daily diet. It’s essential to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. One of the main causes of acne is a deficiency in Vitamin A.” Who knew?! Well, it’s easy to increase your Vitamin A intake, simply by eating more carrots, cheese, eggs, apricots, pumpkin and yogurt, say nutritionists. <br /> <br /> A major problem for sorting out outbreaks of spots or extreme dryness around the eyes and cheeks, is the fact that everyone is different, so getting advice from friends and colleagues won’t always help. It’s down to you to try different products, and decide whether certain brands are too oily or you, or not oily enough. "Skincare specialists in large department stores are worth talking to,” suggest Laura, again on our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Facebook</a> page. Regularly recommended brands to try - all good for facial care for all skin types - include <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Liz Earle</a>, <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Origins</a> and Clinique.<br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""> Cabin crew consultant </a>Patricia Green says: “Yes, it’s a real case of trial and error. MAC is a very good brand and worth trying and <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Boots No.7</a> range is often popular. My personal favourite is mineral make up, the powder type as it stays on a long time and is good for your skin, especially when you are wearing make up for up to 15 hours plus a day.” Patricia says <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=",en_GB,sc.html">Clarins</a> cleanser and moisturizer save the day for her on long trips. <br /> <br /> She has another top tip: “I always have a tiny bottle of tea tree oil with me - it is great to dab on any spots, bites, burns etc and is a great antiseptic and heals things up very quickly!”<br /> <br /> Skincare specialists say it’s also advisable to ‘rest’ your skin when you’re not flying. That means going make-up free for at least 24 hours, to let the skin breathe, and perhaps treating yourself to a mineral facemask, or a professional facial. The aim here is to let the natural oils in the skin re-balance, and your pores recover with plenty of oxygen. <br /> <br /> We hope these tips help, but please add any other advice you may have, and we'll update the article. <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. Cabin crew loneliness and how to avoid it Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:20:19 GMT Being away from home – essentially feeling homesick – is one element of the loneliness associated with <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew careers</a>. Psychologists say that if being away from home is a regular part of your job, a feeling of ‘disconnectedness’ with the world can creep into an individual’s mind, and lead to further problems of stress, fear and anxiety. Another issue for cabin crew is working with teams of people who are professional and friendly, but different on every trip, so you rarely get time to bond, and make lasting, genuine friendships with colleagues – something people in other professions take for granted. <br /> <br /> “You don’t necessarily have to be alone to feel lonely,” says <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Dr Mark Lauderdale</a>. “Loneliness, like many other feelings, can be a habit. You can carry this feeling with you into many situations in your life – even situations where you are surrounded by people.”<br /> <br /> Lauderdale says there are many techniques that can be employed that will turn feelings of loneliness into confidence and strength. Positive thinking, and training your brain to think beyond the loneliness can be put into play. There are certainly many self help books, and online resources that can help you tackle loneliness head on. <br /> <br /> We asked Cabin Crew readers about this issue of loneliness on our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""> Facebook </a>page, and you kindly provided some useful thoughts. <br /> <br /> “Yes it is sometimes lonely being cabin crew,” says Laura, “but sometimes I need to be alone, so I like it! And when I need to speak with somebody I use my <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Whatsapp</a>.” <br /> <br /> Angela says that crew have become used to writing their feelings on social media.... “And also some of them have a blog to write their own story.” Clearly social media networks and messaging services are a real lifeline for <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">flight attendants</a> jetting around the world.<br /> <br /> Sometimes faith can help cabin crew during the quiet times – as well as the busy times. <br /> Mbuso says its important “keep in touch with family very often, and always pray and read the Bible. You'll feel God’s presence around you”.<br /> <br /> Zee has a philosophical take: “People are lonely because they build walls, instead of bridges...”<br /> <br /> <strong>What the experts say</strong> <br /> <br /> The advice given by the experts is to identify exactly what is making you feel lonely, think about how you would prefer to feel, and set out some strategies that will help you bridge the gap between the two. This might be planning Skype calls with loved ones when you can, using social media to connect with the world again, making an effort to go out and do something sociable rather than stay in, or even something as simple as taking belongs from home with you, that will give you a psychological boost – photos of your partner, family and friends. <br /> <br /> Of course it's worth asking fellow <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">crew members</a> if they'd like to join you for a meal or some exploring when you arrive in a new city. Not everyone will want to, so don't feel deflated if you can't round up instant mates. Stay positive about the fact you are somewhere exciting in the first place. Ludwig says: “Being lonely is a state of mind! Being a flight attendant is the most fun you'll ever have, where you can see the world while getting paid. You can different cuisine from different people...drink...If that doesn't make you happy and you still feel lonely, I suggest you can go to a psychologist and get some help.” <br /> <br /> This may sound dramatic, but in fact it’s true that some counselling or a few sessions with a trained psychologist might be very valuable to cabin crew members feeling that loneliness is making them disillusioned with the job. Often talking through your feelings, verbalizing exactly what bothers you, and having some guidance on what can help overcome these issues of loneliness can make all the difference.<br /> <br /> Airlines can help here, as they are very keen for <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> staff to feel happy and motivated. So if you are suffering from loneliness which is leading to anxiety and job dissatisfaction, talk to your line manager or the HR department who will be happy to help. <br /> <br /> So really loneliness is about not feeling connected, and thanks to modern technology, and hopefully the support network of your employer, any disconnection should be easily overcome. We certainly hope you find ways of living a happy, positive and empowered life as <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a>.<br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Photo: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Mauren veras</a> on flickr<br /> <br /> Article written by Alison Clements Want to feel great on every flight? Read these cabin crew tips Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:53:42 GMT <strong>1.</strong> Have a bottle of water (with your name on it) and keep sipping throughout the flight to keep hydrated. An absolute must!<br /> <br /> <strong>2.</strong> Stay organised and keep your crew bag/ wheelie bag packed at all times, just replacing the same clothing items after washing them and have a separate make up/toiletries kit just for travel. This way you save time and you will never forget anything.<br /> <br /> <strong>3.</strong> If you have space in your bag, carry a mini first aid kit with things like plasters, immodium and Nurofen. Tea tree oil is great too, for spots, burns and insect bites.<br /> <strong>4.</strong> Tired out? Nap when you can, even 5 minutes on the turnaround or on the bus home will help relieve tiredness.<br /> <br /> <strong>5.</strong> If you fly long haul as <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">crew</a> or as a passenger, consider buying a mini pillow and quilt – child size are best as these roll up small in the crew bag and will make you feel right at home.<br /> <br /> <strong>6.</strong> Take some home comforts if you are staying in hotels a lot. A photo of a loved one, a travel candle, your favourite music – just to make you feel not so far away.<br /> <br /> <strong>7.</strong> Eat well onboard and downroute. Try to avoid crew meals as they are full of fat and salt. Bags of salad travel well as does fruit but be wary of things like rice and chicken which if not kept cool and can result in food poisoning.<br /> <br /> <strong>8.</strong> Positive attitude can make a huge difference to your work day. Leave problems at home as negativity can affect a whole crew. Just have a good day out!<br /> <br /> <strong>9.</strong> Jet lag can build up rapidly or slowly over time – everyone is different. Shift work has the same effect. Studies show that the best length of time for <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> to sleep is under 45 minutes or over 2.5 hours to get the most out of sleep.<br /> <br /> <strong>10.</strong> Make the most of relaxation time. If you get the chance, treat yourself to a back massage, Indian head massage or reflexology to take away those aches and pains after a long week!<br /> <br /> <strong>About Patricia Green </strong> <br /> <br /> I have been Cabin Crew for major airlines in the UK and Middle East for six years and also a SCCM. For the last 6 years I have worked as a VIP Flight Attendant working for very high profile clients and world leaders on their private jets. <br /> <br /> Last year I moved to flying on a freelance basis in order to concentrate on working as a freelance instructor as well as setting up as a <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Consultant</a>, so that I could advise potential crew how to get their dream job and help experienced crew move from commercial to corporate flying. In response to many requests from fellow crew and students, I have written a series of E-books to help guide new crew with lots of insider advice and useful hints and tips.<br /> <br /> For more information please visit <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=""></a><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. <br /> <br /> Photo: Flickr In-flight meals under the spotlight Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:48:58 GMT This is what dedicated website would have us believe anyway. It’s been going for 10 years and has become the place of choice to post up pictures and add comments about the low-grade meals and drinks served up by airlines. It will make interesting reading for cabin crew, although you’ve probably heard it all firsthand from disgruntled passengers anyway.<br /> <br /> One passenger ‘enjoyed’ this Air Botswana flight meal (pictured) particularly the "fluorescent green soda".<br /> <br /> The site has more than 26,000 photographs of meals - good and bad – served by more than 600 airlines, according to the Daily Mail.<br /> <br /> Have a look and tell us what you think. Perhaps you work for an airline where the in-flight catering is exceptionally good? Do you think passengers expect too much? Please leave your comments.<br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Photo: Tired legs? Walk this way for advice on leg care Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:15:01 GMT While passengers are seated and immobile for long periods of time during flights and are encouraged to do leg exercises to prevent cramp and Deep Vein Thrombosis, <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> on flights are walking the equivalent of several miles, up and down plane aisles, which can take its toll later in the day. Heels can exacerbate the problems too. Some flight attendants admit they experience pain in their legs for several days after a long-haul flight. So what can be done to help?<br /> <br /> Via the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Facebook page </a> we asked you for tips on overcoming leg fatigue and here are the excellent pieces of advice that have come through from the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> community. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts on this. Needless to say, these are just ideas and not guaranteed to delivery instant results, but we thought it would be useful to pass on the suggestions. <br /> <br /> “Long haul flights can be stressful on your legs and no amount of painkillers help on some trips,” says Morakinyo. “Having enough rest after a long haul is the best thing to do. And consume a lot of water during the flight.”<br /> <br /> Drinking water and resting your legs after flights is mentioned by many people, and airlines recommend these ways to aid recovery for tired legs. <br /> <br /> You can make some efforts during flights to help your legs too. Ikrám says it’s a good idea to elevate your legs between bouts of service on a flight, and keep them raised for a few minutes while you breathe deeply and relax. “This relieves a little of the pain and makes your legs feel much better when you’re starting to get tired,” he says. <br /> <br /> <strong>Massage and reflexology can help cabin crew </strong><br /> <br /> Lorna says massage and reflexology are great for exhausted legs, and other complaints that may arise from the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> lifestyle. Reflexology is much more than a foot massage, and is a holistic treatment that focuses on applying pressure to specific reflex points on the feet. It aims to regulate a dysfunction in a system and helps the body to cope with imbalance – so make sure you explain how working life is affecting you, if you visit a reflexologist. Painful, heavy legs and swollen ankles can be tackled by this kind of specialist. <br /> <br /> Cabin crew members Moein and Ambee both suggested Thai massage for legs and feet that are struggling after long hours in-flight service. “Thai massage and Tiger balm are a great way to cope with tired legs,” says Ambee. Latoya agrees that massage can make all the difference. See video below for how to deliver a Thai leg massage. <br /> <br /> <strong>Tiger Balm and Aboliki</strong><br /> <br /> Tiger balm and Aboliki are both mentioned by the cabin crew community as having benefits for tired legs. <br /> <br /> Tiger Balm is an ointment with a distinctive odour that is designed to treat muscle aches and pains. Applying it creates a feeling of heat in the muscle, encouraging it to relax and easing pain. The ingredients are also supposed to help promote rapid healing. The ointment is believed to include menthol, camphor, clove bud oil, cajuput oil, and mint oil in a base of paraffin or petroleum jelly. These ingredients all create the feeling of heat when they are applied, and some can help to stimulate blood flow as well. <br /> <br /> The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Tiger Balm®</a> company manufactures a large line of products, including the classic version, an assortment of other ointments and liniments, and cool packs for treatment of inflamed muscles.<br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Aboliki</a> is produced in Nigeria and has similar properties to Tiger Balm. “I trust my Aboliki,” says Morakinyo, who explains that these products are good for colds and aches and pains. <br /> <br /> <strong>Make your own leg treatment at home</strong><br /> <br /> We’d all love to spend hours at the spa, but for many the costs are too great for regular treatments. So why not give yourself a leg treatment at home? Soaking your legs and feet in warm water infused with healing oils can have a soothing effect on tired cabin crew legs. Some believe doing this regularly can help with headaches too. <br /> <br /> Fill a bucket with warm water so that you can cover up to your knees in the water. Add a few drops of aromatherapy oil – lavender, peppermint oil, almond oil are recommended. Stand for a minute or two so that your legs begin to get used to the temperature – don’t have the water too hot! Next, sit down with your feet, ankles and calves still submerged and breathe slowly while the water soaks into your skin. Relax, wiggle your toes and gently flex your calf muscles. After 15 minutes or so, your legs should feel refreshed and hopefully pain free. <br /> <br /> <strong>Consider your diet </strong><br /> <br /> Long term intestinal problems have a direct impact on blood circulation, and so not eating enough fruit and fibre can lead to the problem of tired legs for some people. Of course there are many schools of thought on this, but it’s widely accepted that a diet rich in fibre helps to regulate and balance the entire intestine to function properly. For this reason it is recommended that cabin crew eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and a mix of cereals, as well as staying well hydrated. <br /> <br /> <strong>Exercise when you can</strong> <br /> <br /> Being generally fit and healthy will lessen the impact of long periods of time standing and sitting on flights. Although rest and relaxation are vital when you’re not working, there are many long term benefits of doing some light exercise within that – a gym workout, cycling, swimming and yoga are all great ways to improve circulation, boost your immune system and tone up your legs ready for the next long haul flight! <br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. Strange but true: Weirdest passenger requests revealed Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:42:16 GMT Our fantastic network of readers have kindly shared some of these, via the website and our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Facebook</a> page, so here is the full collection for you to enjoy. If you have heard a weird request from a passenger while working as <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a>, please post it as a comment below and we will add it to our collection of weird and wonderful passenger needs! <br /> <br /> • “Where’s the onboard cash machine?”<br /> <br /> • “Why can’t you open the window and give us some air? It’s really stuffy in here.”<br /> <br /> • “If the captain’s in the loo, who’s driving this thing?”<br /> <br /> • “My children are getting bored and fidgety. Is there anyone in the cabin crew that can do magic tricks?”<br /> <br /> • A gentleman complained of a headache on a Milan flight and asked what the dull whirring sound was. When told it was the jet engine he replied: “Tell the captain to turn them off because my head is really sore.” He went on to threaten making an official complaint “as our terms and conditions did not state how loud the engines were during the flight”. <br /> <br /> • One customer coming into London was worried about Heathrow being so close to Windsor Castle. He asked if cabin crew could arrange for the planes not to fly over the castle in the future in case the Queen found it a nuisance.<br /> <br /> • One stewardess heard: “Why am I getting such a poor mobile phone signal? This flight is going to be really long and I’ll be bored if I can’t use my smart phone.”<br /> <br /> • Flying into Nice, south of France, one cheeky passenger asked a stewardess if the pilot could “go a bit further down the coast so we can have a look at Monaco”. <br /> <br /> • A group of ladies on a budget airline flight to Amsterdam kicked up a fuss because there were no free drinks. They left a comment saying: “Please could you have a wider choice of free wines, particularly champagne and Cava as this would make the journey much nicer.”<br /> <br /> • An elderly gentleman flying from Australia was disappointed that the flight attendants weren’t attractive and sexy enough. “They were much prettier in the adverts, so the flight has not lived up to my expectations,” he complained. <br /> <br /> • “I was hoping to see the Grand Canyon but these clouds are in the way. Please can you ask the pilot to fly a bit lower?” <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Photo: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">joyousioym~Blessings</a> Eight great apps for cabin crew Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:46:28 GMT <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Ready Lite</a> – A useful knowledge builder for crew</strong><br /> <br /> Cabin Crew Ready is an app for cabin crew to use as a useful knowledge-builder for airline prefixes, IATA- and airport codes. You can test yourself and compare your knowledge with cabin crew friends and aviation colleagues around the world, says the developer of the app, Extreme Projects GmbH. <br /> The educational app uses short quizzes containing questions about airports and airlines to help you build your general knowledge. It asks you for the code or name of airports and airlines. Your score and ranking can be shared with friends and colleagues. This is available for download fro iPhone and iPod Touch.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Audible</a> - Download audiobooks when you’re far from home</strong> <br /> <br />, the UK’s largest provider of digital audiobooks is owned by and will give cabin crew members away from home the chance to get hold of a quick read through their smart phone. This could be useful if unexpected delays mean you have more time on your hands than usual, or you’re hanging around on standby. The book download service is now available on iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s a free app and features a ‘comprehensive audiobook experience’, including Wi-Fi delivery of your library. <br /> <br /> <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">TwitPic for iPhone</a> - Tweet your pictures</strong><br /> <br /> TwitPic allows users to post photos and videos to their Twitter accounts in super-quick time. We think this will be perfect for cabin crew keen to keep in touch with friends and family back home who might be interested in where work is taking them. The iPhone app comes complete with a picture editor and will shortly be followed by a version for Android.<br /> <br /> <strong> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Travel Tip-off by Teletext Mobile</a> - Plan your time off</strong><br /> <br /> Gone the days when you had to sit through hundreds of pages on Teletext Holidays. Travel-Tip-off by Teletext Mobile serves up the latest deals whether it’s a far flung trip or a cheaper domestic ‘staycation.’ You can check out the top 10 deals and use one-click dialing to make the call to seal the deal with the relevant tour operator. This could be the ideal way for busy cabin crew to plan their free time while stuck in a hotel room on standby. The app is free on iPhone and Android. <br /> <br /> <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Aircrewlink Economy</a> - Stay in touch with your mates</strong> <br /> <br /> Aircrewlink Economy is a new smartphone app designed for airline crew who are away from home. The app has been designed to allow you to stay in touch with colleagues and friends while on duty and see who's around when in port. The idea is for cabin crew to use it for networking, chat, planning outings and meeting new crew. It’s free to download and has features including the ability to filter your chat and notifications by airline and those you are linked to. Aircrewlink Economy is available from the iTunes Store or for the Android Market.<br /> <br /> <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Barclays Pingit</a> - Make payments while you’re away</strong><br /> <br /> Ever flown off on a long haul and remembered you owe your sister or best friend some money, or haven’t paid your rent? There are many banking apps out there but this one might appeal to jet-setting cabin crew because anyone can use Barclays Pingit to send or receive money. If you don't bank with Barclays, when you register they will set up a Barclays Pingit Wallet account on the app for you to use to send money. Once you've registered, you can check the balance of your linked Barclays current account or Barclays Pingit Wallet account in the app. It allows you to send up to £300 a day to family and friends. Also on the plus side, it’s free to download and use. <br /> <br /> <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion</a> – Never get lost</strong><br /> <br /> Hertz has launched 11 new iPhone city travel apps under its NeverLost My Explore brand, each with a clever set of features including augmented reality, customized voice narratives and descriptions for must-see sites, shopping areas, restaurants and neighborhoods, plus five-day weather forecasts and that all-important social integration with Facebook and Twitter. You can choose your first city guide for free “and experience the vivid images and media rich content first hand” says Hertz. Cities available so far are New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Boston, Miami, San Francisco, Orlando, Dallas, San Diego, Sacramento (Northern California), Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island). More destinations are coming soon. <br /> <br /> <strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Time Out Mobile City Guides</a> – Plan great nights out during layovers</strong> <br /> <br /> Get the most out of your layovers with these Time Out mobile apps for iPhones. Free to download on iPhone and Android, these guides tell you what’s on in the world’s leading cities – so they give you access to everything that’s great about a city in one place, with information on gigs, events, bars, restaurants, club nights and film releases. Currently there are editions for more than 20 of the world’s biggest cities.<br /> This is like having expert local knowledge in your pocket. Whether you’re out and about or planning from home, it’s simple to organise a day or night out in Berlin, Paris, or Buenos Aires for example, and invite your cabin crew colleagues to join you. <br /> The apps are particularly clever as they are location driven: the service can pinpoint where you are, and show you all the recommended activities nearby on a map, complete with event previews. These apps also feature recommendations – they can alert you to events you might enjoy, you can invite friends through the app, and rate the events yourself.<br /> <br /> Please suggest other apps that you've found useful for work and play!<br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> jobs. Ten steps to looking good long haul Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:02:57 GMT We put that question out on the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Cabin Crew Facebook</a> page and have gathered up some really useful tips on grooming from this very switched-on community. <br /> <br /> Everyone agrees that long-haul night flights are the toughest trips when it comes to staying fresh-faced immaculate. The great news is that for impeccable looks you don’t need to spend a fortune on luxury beauty products. So here is a round up of the advice given, and please feel free to add your own and share your thoughts. We've also included some videos below that might be helpful. <br /> <br /> <strong>1</strong> Drinking lots of water is a must!!! Remember that salty snacks can cause swelling so avoid the pretzels and crisps and opt for as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can before, during and after flights...<br /> <br /> <strong>2</strong> Spend some time planning how to look after your skin, says Cabin Crew Consultant Patricia Green. “Find a skincare range that suits you as flying really can take its toll on skin.” <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=",en_GB,sc.html?cm_mmc=sem_google_uk-_-ecommerce-_-Brand%20Clarins-_-Clarins">Clarins</a> skincare range is popular and widely available, but others to try include <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Liz Earle</a> which also has a great men’s skincare range; <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Jo Malone</a>; <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Clinique</a>; <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Olay</a>; and <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Nivea’s</a> Pure and Natural skincare range. <br /> <br /> Remember what you need on flights will be different from your skincare routine on the ground. “It's always best to use skincare products that are specially made for your skin type,” agrees Daphne.<br /> <br /> <strong>3</strong> Mositurise, moisturise, moisturise! “Use plenty of moisturiser to prevent skin drying out on flights,” suggests Olohi. Johanna opts for tinted mousturiser. “For tired eyes use your little finger to push lightly on the bone below your eyes. It works!!” she says. If you’re looking for a moisturiser with just a hint of colour, The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Body Shop’s Vitamin E</a> tinted moisture lotion is a good, low-cost make-up bag companion for dry skin. Also try <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Elizabeth Arden’s</a> tinted moisturizer, or “for those of you with oily skin who want a light touch of colour, <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Bobbi Brown’s</a> SPF15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser could be an easy-to-wear alternative to foundation,” says Helen.<br /> <br /> <strong>4</strong> Many of you prefer to wear mineral make up which also looks after your skin and provides good coverage and looks natural. Dilana says: “Natural make up products, really are the best for keeping your face protected while on long night flights.”<br /> <br /> <strong>5</strong> Tackle problem skin with tea tree oil. “I always travel with a tiny bottle of tea tree oil with me,” says Patricia. “It is great to dab on any spots, bites, burns etc and is a great antiseptic and heals things up very quickly!”<br /> <br /> <strong>6</strong> No matter how tired you are from the flight, never ever sleep with make-up on, advises Daphne. “For easy make-up removal, I suggest using wet, hypoallergenic facial wipes.” Wash your face during night flights and re-apply make-up agrees Olohi. <br /> <br /> <strong>7</strong> Dry shampoo – this is suggested by Zoe, and it seems there are many products out there. Look out for <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Tresemme’s</a> version which promises to remove excess oil and impurities to leave hair looking clean and refreshed. <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Batiste</a> dry shampoo is very reasonably priced and available in a range of colours and fragrances. <br /> <br /> <strong>8</strong> Rice paper shine pads are excellent suggests Ben. “These are very cheap. They de-grease your face giving you that matte finish again. Oh and ladies, this can be used over make up,” he says. <br /> <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Ulta Beauty</a> sells these and explains how to use them. <br /> <br /> <strong>9</strong> Unruly eyebrows? Here’s a quick make-up fix from Sharon. “If you use too much pencil and powder on your brows, dip a clean toothbrush in loose powder and run it through the brows then set with a brow gel.” <br /> <br /> <strong>10</strong> For puffy eyes which are an all-too-common symptom of jet lag and altitude, Silana recommends chilled green tea bags or slices of cucumber once you’re home as this will cool down the eyes and reduce the puffiness. “When I'm in the air, I find a quick swipe of my trusty <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair serum</a> around each eye keeps the jetlag away.” <br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today. <br /> <br /> Photo: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Debs Photostream</a><br /> <br /> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <div><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="" id="player" height="349" width="620" ><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="flashVars" value="TITLE=How%20to%20Keep%20your%20Skin%20Matte&demand_site_id=EHWC&demand_share=facebook%2Ctwitter%2Cemail&ss_progId=4d94c0888205a&demand_related=3&wa_vloc=video_detail&overlayAdPartner=ScanScout&demand_sscat=Skin%20Care%20Basics&purl=http%3A//" /></object><br><a href="">How to Keep your Skin Matte</a> -- powered by ehow</div> Funniest cabin crew and air travel videos Thu, 03 May 2012 13:27:36 GMT We have Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert talking through the trials of luggage handling from a passenger point of view; flight attendant ‘Ferghal’ delivering a unique style of customer service on a fictional ‘Come fly with me’ flight, and a heart-warming ‘Welcome Back’ musical medley at Heathrow Terminal 5, courtesy of TMobile. <br /> <br /> There’s a clip from the film Tommy Boy that shows very clearly how the pre-takeoff safety address should not be done, and finally an alternative take on a British Airways commercial, with singers Nicola Keen and Jan Hartley giving a show-stopping performance with a difference. <br /> <br /> We hope you enjoy these moments of silliness. Click through to our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">videos</a> section for more fascinating clips. And if you have any other videos you'd like to upload, click <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">here</a>. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="400" height="300" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="400" height="300" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="400" height="300" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="400" height="300" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="400" height="300" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew jobs</a> today.<br /> <br /> Photo by <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Peter Alfred Hess</a> From cabin crew to entrepreneur: one woman’s story of success Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:29:03 GMT With that in mind, we’ve brought you the story of one lady, who has used her knowledge of the industry to start her very own business. <br /> <br /> <em>In her own words, here is the story of Bernice Drummond...</em><br /> <br /> My name is Bernice Drummond and I have been flying as a longhaul stewardess for over 23 years now. I am a mother of two lovely teenagers and live in Northumberland, with my farmer boyfriend, my two cats, five chickens and two horses. I have always loved the countryside and all things natural. <br /> <br /> I started a craft business making cold process soaps, using my boyfriends barley and wonderful ingredients I found around the hedgerows. <br /> <br /> After the liquid policy was introduced at UK security I started making solid shampoos which proved really popular. <br /> <br /> After years of using expensive skin products and discovering the toxins they contain, I decided to look into making my own creams also . <br /> <br /> I believe that nature provides us with all the wonderful ingredients for natural skincare and beauty. <br /> <br /> I am still flying part time and now run workshops on soap making and the making of natural beauty and bath products. I have personally found that my skin and sense of wellbeing at work has dramatically improved, and I have received fantastic feedback from my customers. <br /> <br /> I have quite a fan base of my face cream "Face Food". I have formulated my “Thyme Zone” range with the purest of ingredients, including essential oils for their amazing benefits and with cabin crew in mind. The way I have approached this is to literally say what it does on the tin so to speak. <br /> <br /> All of my products are paraben and SLS/SLES free. All of my products are Certified and Safety Assessed by Cosmetic Chemists and Toxicologists in accordance with the EU Regulations.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Thyme Zone package includes:</strong><br /> <strong>Rest:</strong> This wonderful balm is made using cocoa butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil with lavender and chamomile essential oils, known for their relaxing and soothing benefits. Gently rub onto your temples and deeply breathe in the aroma before your bunk rest. Also perfect for use on lips, nails or for dry skin. 15ml<br /> <br /> <strong>Repair:</strong> Face food is made using a cocktail of wonderful ingredients including Rosehip oil which has been clinically tested and shown to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, smooth skin and dramatically improve the skin’s moisture levels. It also contains vitamin-A, which helps delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. 50ml<br /> <br /> <strong>Refresh:</strong> This lovely balm contains eucalyptus, peppermint and May Chang to awake and uplift. Just rub on to the temples, cup your hands over your nose and breathe in the refreshing aroma. 15ml.<br /> <br /> We love the sound of these Thyme Zone packs so much that we’re featuring them as the next prize in our competition! So make sure you check the site for more information coming soon. <br /> <br /> Photo by Bernice Drummond Your favourite layover destinations Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:19:44 GMT We gathered up your favourites and have put them (in no particular order) below - we’ve also chucked in a little information on each place so if you find yourself heading to any of these beautiful destinations, you’ll be clued up before you get there. <br /> <br /> <strong>Dubai</strong><br /> Full of glitz and glamour, Dubai is a stunning destination and for fans of the finer things in life, well, it’s just perfect. Dubai even has its own shopping festival, so you will not be short of things to buy, from designer handbags to fancy watches. So sail through the dessert and dine at some of the best restaurants in the world, in Dubai.<br /> <br /> <strong>San Francisco</strong> <br /> San Francisco is considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many things, including five-star dining, a happening theatre scene, and gay and lesbian culture. And, beyond the fifty-square-mile city, in the surrounding Bay Area, there’s so much more to explore, including Silicon Valley’s innovations, Marin’s Headlands, the Napa Valley’s vineyards, and Berkeley’s free spirit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Maldives</strong> <br /> Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Barcelona</strong><br /> This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches) and is fantastic for sight seeing as well as an awesome night out. The core center of town,provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of gorgeous warm weather.<br /> <br /> <strong>Singapore</strong> <br /> Singapore - well, what to say about Singapore, you’d be forgiven for forgetting where you are when you arrive that’s for sure! This is mainly due to being able to find every corner of the world in just one place - from China Town to Little India, take a tour of the whole world in just a few days by visiting this place. It is crammed with bustling markets, street food and bars, but also full of opulence and class in some of the world’s most expensive and breath taking shopping malls. <br /> <br /> Photo by Steve Cadman Top 10 funniest airline passenger complaints Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:29:37 GMT To add your own see our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Facebook</a> page - if they’re good they will be added to the article! <br /> <br /> For now, here is a selection of our favourites...<br /> <br /> 1. One of my colleagues was asked this week if she could turn down the noise of the engines as they were too loud. <br /> <br /> 2. I've had a passenger demand as we flew to Ciampino that the pilot 'swoops down' as we pass the cruise ship so they could have a good look!<br /> <br /> 3. I was doing my safety demo in the front. And a passenger who was sitting in the first row complained and asked me in the middle of the flight when I'll do the safety brief. And I am sure I was looking in his eyes when I did the demo.<br /> <br /> 4. ‎(In A319 with OXY bottles in overhead lockers in the middle of the cabin) a passenger during disembarking : "Sorry but I think someone has forgotten to take their oxygen bottle before leaving..." <br /> <br /> 5. A friend of mine was asked "excuse me steward? Can you tell me what platform we arrive at so I don't miss my taxi!"<br /> <br /> 6. Once a passenger complained of the regular food serving system and suggested me to arrange buffet system inside the aircraft so that they could help themselves. I politely replied that I'll definitely take that opinion into consideration...<br /> <br /> 7. I once got asked mid flight if I could nip down into the hold and get a passenger his blanket out of his suitcase. After a full description of the bag I then explained this wasn't possible, to which he insisted he was going to go instead. <br /> <br /> 8. Once asked by a lady mid flight on the way to Malta if i could crack a window open because she would like some fresh air...<br /> <br /> 9. A gentlemen beckoned me down complaining of a headache on a Milan flight asked what the dull whirring sound was. I replied its the engines sir.. he then demanded i tell the captain to turn them off as his head was really sore and would be complaining as our terms and conditions did not state how loud the engines were during the flight.<br /> <br /> 10. I had a customer asking me a few years back why the queen built Windsor castle so close to Heathrow airport and if I could arrange the planes not to fly over during their planned visit as she would find it a nuisance.<br /> <br /> Browse our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">cabin crew</a> jobs today.<br /> <br /> Photo by Debairda Cabin crew careers: Outlook for 2012 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:31:18 GMT So, what happened in 2011? Last year was a mixed year with some carriers experiencing growth, while some narrowly escaped sinking into administration and liquidation. Although this has been a confusing time for many, it was not completely unexpected. <br /> <br /> The travel industry has not remained unaffected by the downturn in economy which has almost become apparent on a world-wide scale, and as such the aviation industry saw a rise in budget airline capacity, and a decline in those who didn’t opt for the ‘no frills’ approach to flying. <br /> <br /> Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO said: “Weak global economic performance is being reflected in air transport markets. Freight markets have contracted some 4% compared to January. Although passenger markets have had some growth relative to the beginning of the year – about 2% – the trend has been both soft and volatile. Continuing economic uncertainty will likely mean market shortcomings deepening as we enter 2012.”<br /> <br /> Globally, passenger loads have fallen sharply to 76.3% from 78.5% in October 2011. This shows that the weakness in passenger demand is outpacing airlines’ ability to adjust capacity accordingly. Regional differences are sharp. While North American carriers saw a 0.8% decline in travel, carriers in the Middle East experienced a 10.1% increase, followed by 9.0% for Latin American airlines.<br /> <br /> <strong>Looking ahead</strong><br /> Although 2011 seemed on the whole to be a little negative in terms of industry growth and jobs, the news for 2012 by in large seems to be a lot brighter. <br /> <br /> Particularly in the Asian market where we can see places such as China and Singapore introducing brand new carriers, and increasing capacity on flights and in airports. <br /> <br /> Singapore has announced the arrival of its new long-haul budget carrier Scoot, which in turn has created more than 240 cabin crew jobs for that airline alone. <br /> <br /> The impact countries such as China are having on the aviation industry is growing – and that doesn’t look to be slowing in 2012. This is fantastic in terms of the global aviation market and will certainly help to create more job openings over the coming year. <br /> <br /> As more and more airlines announce the launch of services from China, there are concerns that there could be a shortage of airline staff to fill the demand.<br /> <br /> Emirates are the latest to start offering Chinese flights, with the launch of its A380 service between Dubai and Shanghai. Figures show that last year, 500 million passengers flew in and out of China and this number looks set to at least double over the next decade.<br /> <br /> As domestic and international airlines search for airline staff, cabin crew jobs look set to be plentiful. Over the next two decades, it is predicted that around 2,000 cabin crew jobs will be created within domestic airlines in China. However, the airlines are also in competition with companies abroad and need to find the right recruitment strategy if they are to attract the talent they require.<br /> <br /> However there have been concerns that the UK may begin to fall behind other industry leaders without the increase in airport capacity and the seemingly unpopular Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax.<br /> <br /> Four UK and Irish airlines are calling upon the UK government to scrap APD. The tax is applied to nearly every flight ticket originating the UK and has risen sharply since it was introduced in the early 90s.<br /> <br /> When the scheme was first brought in, tickets originating the UK could cost between a fiver and £40 – this has risen to a whopping £170 in some cases.<br /> <br /> Low cost airlines easyJet and Ryanair have openly been at the forefront of the anti-APD campaign, as well as long-haul giants Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.<br /> <br /> The airlines argue that this tax makes the UK a less attractive destination for holidaymakers and it penalises the country.<br /> <br /> The amount of Air Passenger Duty that passengers must pay is dependent upon whether their flights are short or long-haul, and in what class they choose to sit in – for example economy or business.<br /> <br /> British Airways has reacted to the possible downturn in the market for 2012 by halving the amount of new jobs created over the year. <br /> <br /> The airline said a “difficult economic background” and UK tax hikes had prompted the decision. BA also said it would postpone its plan to bring an extra Boeing 747 into service next summer and would review the use of two others.<br /> <br /> BA Chief Executive Keith Williams said: “The government talks about creating the conditions for jobs and growth – but the reality is the opposite.<br /> <br /> "Its tax policy, which is uniquely hostile to aviation, is costing jobs and growth at British Airways.<br /> <br /> “The rises in APD [Air Passenger Duty] have left us with no alternative but to cut back on our planned recruitment.<br /> <br /> "Many of these opportunities would have been for young people. At a time of high unemployment for new graduates and school-leavers, it is deeply regrettable that these additional tax increases have propelled us into this decision.”<br /> <br /> <strong>Olympic impact</strong><br /> The London 2012 Olympics will have a massive impact on the aviation industry as a whole, but the UK will be most affected. <br /> <br /> The UK government has stated that airspace restrictions will be placed around all Games venues. <br /> <br /> The major restrictions will be centered on London and the Olympic Park and will run from 14 July 2012 to 15 August 2012. <br /> <br /> A smaller set of airspace restrictions will then be put in place for the London 2012 Paralympic Games from 16 August 2012 to 12 September 2012. All are implemented by the UK government through its paramount objective is to deliver safe and secure Games. New Year - new career? Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:50:54 GMT As much fun as you will have had munching your way through the back end of 2011 with more chocolates and festive treats than you’d care to admit, you’re probably now beginning to focus your attention on the year ahead, and what you can do to make this year one you won’t forget. <br /> <br /> We asked a few of you what your New Year’s resolutions would be for 2012 – and the resounding answer was that you wanted to follow your dreams and snag yourself the ultimate cabin crew position. <br /> <br /> Well, good for you! At least you’ve started out this New Year with some exciting goals, but setting the resolution is the easy part – now you need to follow through. <br /> So where do you begin? Well before you dive head-first into a pile of application forms, it’s important to do your research first. <br /> <br /> Have a think about whether you have the relevant qualifications and or experience to move forward and be successful with your desired airline. On our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=" ">career advice </a>section you’ll find loads of useful hints and tips about what you will need to do in order to have your application considered. <br /> <br /> It is also a really good idea to contact your desired airline directly – check out their websites for recruitment information and see if they have any specific employment requirements listed. <br /> <br /> If they don’t have that information on the website it doesn’t mean that they won’t have requirements, so maybe try calling or emailing them. Not only will this help you find out further information, but it will also demonstrate to the airline that you’re being proactive and you’re serious about pursuing this as a career.<br /> <br /> If you still have unanswered questions, why not check out our <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">forums</a>? There are loads of other applicants and successful candidates who will be able to give you some advice on how to go about applying. <br /> <br /> It can also help to get you prepared for possible interviews, and the odd knock-back. Unfortunately, the aviation industry is getting more and more popular with applicants all over the world, and although you may feel as though you are the best for the job, you do also need to prepare yourself for a couple of ‘no’s’ along the way – but don’t give up. If you’re right for the job then have faith in yourself that you will get to where you want to be. <br /> <br /> Wishing you a very successful 2012 from the cabincrew team – happy job hunting! <br /> <br /> Photo by Chris