6 Things You Should Know About Your Flight Attendant

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A Fly Guy reveals 6 things flight attendants wished you knew, but don’t have time to tell you


Adrian Gonzalez
Crew have many beauty tricks to hide jet lag

1. Our sleep bank has a negative balance – Don’t let the big eyes, wide smiles and manicured appearances fool you; we’re tired… always. It’s not uncommon for cabin crew to show up for a 12-hour flight after only sleeping three or four hours. This could explain why some flight attendants don’t seem friendly.

2.You said with milk right? – Fruit flies have attention spans of only a few seconds. Well, give us fruit and watch us fly, because so do your crew. Our rapid memory loss is probably due to lack of sleep… but in any case, don’t be surprised if your flight attendant asks you to repeat your order seconds after you gave it.

3. We like you, we really like you – We have a lot of things to do and often a short time in which to do them. Being busy often makes us look unapproachable and, as a result, the only interactions we usually have with our guests are requests. Most of us took this job because we love people, so, when we have time, we enjoy a friendly chat with our passengers.

Cabin Crew enjoying time spent with their passengers
Emirates cabin crew enjoying time spent with their passengers

 

4. Rude passengers aren’t the only pains in our necks – Name an injury and a flight attendant will probably have it. Broken bones, ruptured discs and pulled muscles are all reasons most flight attendants have a chiropractor or physical therapist on speed dial. According to data collected from Occupational Information Network in the USA, the role of flight attendant is considered the third most demanding job on your health.

5. Lonely, we’re so lonely – It’s hard to believe that someone who spends most of his or her days surrounded by a lot of people in a small tube could feel so alone. But the truth is, when the buh-byes are finished, we are by ourselves and away from our homes. The special life moments of those we love are often observed on Facebook instead of face to face.

Cabin crew spend many lonely nights away from home
Cabin crew spend many lonely nights away from home

6. We visit exotic cities and… sleep – Our job might sound like a vacation, but at the end of the day it’s our job. Occasionally we sacrifice days off in great places to recharge our batteries and stay behind that do-not-disturb sign.

Often flight attendants must sleep during the day to fly through the night
Often flight attendants must sleep during the day to fly through the night

A Fly Guy
Jay Robert, A Fly Guy

A Fly Guy is a journalist turned international air steward flying for one of the most luxurious airlines in the world. His insight into the airline world has been featured by major media outlets around the world such as CNN and The Wall Street Journal. In his spare time A Fly Guy runs the largest flight attendant network on the internet , A Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge. Follow his travels around the globe via his instagram


Article edited by Ioulia Richards

22 COMMENTS

  1. Really the website is very interesting : a lot of informations about airlines world … As a cabin crew in Fly Dubai I live with you guys each word each comment … Hhhhhh .. I like pictures and comments … Thanks

  2. It’s a very nice website to know abt d realities of cabin crew,me as a cabin crew feels really nice to read d articles which are published on it.

  3. I am ex crew..I had wish your blog fly guy lounge come alot earlier around 1995 onwards..I was flying then..really thought of the idea of sharing info n related issue about cabin crew life around many airliners..way back they was’ nt any facebook ….a lost….

  4. These are good. You should also mention that your MAIN duty is safety, not serving food and drinks. Also that most FAs have the knowledge to almost fly that plane themselves – for safety.

  5. Everything you say here is the absolute truth. I would add something else passengers need to know. If they come with an aggressive attitude when they have a problem they will get very little out of us. We are more helpful and understanding to someone who is nice when asking for help or anything else. :).

  6. Its 100% true ..im flight attendent ., I always suffering from lack sleep before a long flights and i can not sleep well in da aircraft with all dis am try to keep smile answer da passengers over calls

  7. #1 and #5. Nailed it.
    Visited my bf during his day off; end up watching him asleep/napping most of the time (which I don’t mind actually). But I’m glad that I made his loneliness less.

    I like reading your blogs (and other blog written by flight attendants). It made me realize and understand more that his job — your job, isn’t as easy as it looks.

    ^_^

  8. And also — the demands of this job are such that they get under your skin and, even 20+ years after hanging up his or her wings, a flight attendant will still have occasional nightmares about failing in some aspect of his or her job!

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