You may think flight attendants are simply glorified servers, but you’d be wrong. The rigors of their job are so much more than simply taking drink orders and showing you how to use a seat belt (in case you’ve never been in a car before).
Curious to know more about what their jobs really entail, I surveyed flight attendants on my flight from Denver to San Francisco in order to learn more. Some of their answers were truly eye-opening.
In this volume of Flight Attendant Confessions, we’ll explore what flight attendants’ jobs are really like beyond the drink cart.
What is one thing about your job that people don’t realize?
“Most people don’t realize the way we live for this job. It’s hard for me to commute home, so I live in a ‘crash pad’. It’s a two bedroom apartment that 14 people live in, and there’s only one bathroom.”
“Many of us are on call almost 24/7. I was last week, for example. We could be called in at 2 a.m. to show up at the airport by 5 a.m. so flights aren’t delayed.”
“We save lives.”
“Flight attendants clean lavatories, clean throw up, and perform CPR. We also help elderly passengers in the restrooms (you can imagine).”
“All the behind the scenes juggling to make things work out. For example, being given too few service supplies and making it work for the entire flight. We also follow up on situations so passengers don’t ‘fall through the cracks’.”
“How often we handle medical emergencies with positive outcomes.”
“We press our luck on schedules each month (bidding for days off), and we pray we aren’t on ‘reserve’ (on-call flight attendant). We’re trained to save peoples’ lives and evacuate an aircraft in emergencies. We don’t just serve drinks’.”
Moral of these Flight Attendant Confessions?
There’s much more to flight attendants’ jobs than people realize. From juggling schedules to living arrangements to savings lives, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes at 36,000 feet.
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