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17 things your flight attendant will not tell you
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:24 PM
1. You know that coffee you ordered? It’s actually decaf even though you asked for regular. We’d rather that you sit back, relax and fall asleep so you don’t bother us too much. Our airline sent around a memo wondering why the decaf supplies were going so fast, noting that decaf costs more than regular coffee.
2. When we “arm” the doors on your aircraft, each flight attendant checks the work of his colleague at the opposite door. You’ve heard it a million times: “arm doors and cross check.” Did you hear “crotch check?” It wasn’t your imagination. We get silly sometimes. And yes, despite all the cross checking—maybe because we’re checking crotches instead—once in a great while we screw up and we forget to arm the doors, which means the emergency slides won’t automatically deploy if needed in an emergency. We can get fired for that.
3. Our airline used to pay us when we showed up for duty at the airport. That was eons ago. Then we got paid our measly hourly wage when the cabin doors closed. Then it was when the plane’s brakes were released. Now we get paid only when the wheels leave the ground (“wheels up” in airline parlance). We don’t even get paid when we’re taxiing! There can sometimes be hours of delay between the time we show up for work and when we’re airborne. Different airlines have different policies, but it’s a way for them to save money. So when we greet you at the door, we do that for free. When we serve you your pre-flight drink, we do that for free, too. No wonder our smiles are so fake.
4. If a flight is late, the airline might have to pay us overtime. If the flight is going to be late anyway, we’ve been known to delay it even further in order make sure overtime kicks in, which on our airline means up to double the hourly pay. We might find some minor defect in the aircraft or use some other ruse to make up for the money we don’t get paid waiting for take off.
5. Yes, we can upgrade you to business class or first class after the airplane’s doors close. No, we don’t do it very often, partly because on some airlines we have to file a report explaining why we did it, partly because there has to be a meal for you, and partly because the forward cabins are often full. Who do we upgrade? Not the slob who’s dressed in a dirty tank top. It helps if you’re extremely nice, well dressed, pregnant, very tall, good looking, one of our friends, or all of the above.
6. Please don’t take your computer and a newspaper into the lav. It’s gross and it means you’re going to be occupying it longer than you should.
7. Please don’t ask me what we’re flying over. I’m as clueless as you are. I am not flying the plane.
8. Please don’t do deep knee bends in my galley while I’m trying to work. You won’t get deep vein thrombosis on a flight between Houston and Austin.
9. Jiggling you’re your glass of ice at me won’t make me dash to the galley for a refill. In fact, it makes me want to scream.
10. When I ask you what you’d like to drink and you ask me “Well, what do you have?” I want to answer “Not a lot of time.” But you wouldn’t like that.
11. I want to yank your headphones off your head after I’ve asked you what you want to drink and you’ve responded “huh?” three times. After the fourth time I just move on or give you a Coke.
12. Yes, we do ask the captain to leave the seatbelt on long after the turbulence has ended so we can serve in the aisles.
13. On night flights, we sometimes hold off on meal service as long as we can so that you’ll be asleep and we’ll have less to do.
14. All male flight attendants are not gay, even if they might look like they are.
15. We really don’t like children. Not just your children, children period. Why do you think we chose a career where we spend half our lives away from home?
16. If you poke me, I’m going to poke you back. Harder!
17. Don’t ask me where you can shove your bag. I’ve been waiting 12 years to tell you where you can shove it.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:08 AM
The flight attendant used to be a good job years ago with good pay and good benefits......not any longer.
I remember watching a documentary on the first flights of airlines, they were extravagent, with full course meals, and talk about room, everyone flew first class
Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:38 AM
That actually happened to me. I was wearing a suit and cashmere longcoat when I was getting ready to board a flight from Italy to Houston to visit my parents. I got upgraded from Coach to Business Class for the trip to Houston and the trip back to Italy. But, I was very nice when they couldn't find my reservation, and was I dressed well enough that I didn't look out of place in that section.
I am disappointed that the airlines have cut back on how they pay their service crews, I am sure that doesn't happen to the pilots.
That's funny about the decaf, makes sense, but if it's a short flight, I don't really see the need to do that. Also, a lot of people have to work while they are flying, so if they ask for regular coffee, they should get it. I don't know if just one flight attendent was interviewed, but she/he sounds too paternalistic for that job.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:51 AM
- the way its getting I won't be surprised if they don't just stop all service altogether, and just have an armed guard who will dictate whether you get to go to the bathroom or not.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:34 AM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:44 AM
Pilots aren't paid like any other hourly worker in other professions. Despite the fact that professional pilots work 8, 10, 12 hour+ days just like any other professional, they are only compensated for the time considered "in flight." For most flying jobs, unless it's a salaried position, that usually means that they are paid from when the parking brake is released at the departure point until the brake is set upon arrival at the destination. It's not uncommon for a flight instructor or an airline pilot to work a 12 hour day and only actually get paid for 5 to 6 hours of that time- and sometimes less!
and here i found these tidbits of info. suffice it to say, i'll be booking all future flights with southwest airlines. no wonder my sis-in-law says they have the highest customer satisfaction rate.
Congress expressed shock and dismay to learn that regional airline pilots start at very low salaries after the NTSB said the co-pilot on the Colgan Air commuter plane that crashed near Buffalo on Feb. 12 earned only $16,000 a year. (The company later said she earned $23,900.)
On the low end, first-year pilots at US Airways would, theoretically, earn a minimum $21,600 a year. For that, they would work 72 hours a month at the controls of a plane (lots more hours are involved in flight preparations, overnights and sitting around waiting).
At the top end of the airline scale, Southwest Airlines has a first-year minimum of $49,572. Southwest typically hires more-experienced pilots than other airlines do, so it can demand thousands of hours in the logbook -– enough to qualify to fly as a captain -– from its applicants.