The Life of a Flight Attendant

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Chris Rank

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        Imaging being able to travel around the entire world, being able to meet thousands of new faces every day… well, welcome to the life of a flight attendant. If you choose to become a flight attendant, there are many pros and cons that you must face. A pro is that you get to travel around the world and see many beautiful places. However, a con is that you have to constantly make sacrifices. A few examples of this could be having to work and leave home during holidays instead of going on you own trip with friends or family. You also might have to work on some of your family’s birthdays as well! Can you imagine that? Anyway, in this extravagant article we will tell you about everything that you should know about the daily life of a flight attendant! But just a warning, this job is harder than it seems.

        Think about traveling all over the world in the sky, looking down at the ant-sized buildings that once seemed so big. It sounds pretty exciting, right? However, as you travel you must constantly be thinking about things that need to be done in order to have a safe flight, which is why you get paid a salary. On Delta, flight attendants make an average salary of around 57 thousand dollars a year. If you break it down more, they get paid around $17-$18 dollars a day depending on the flight. However, according to Business Insider, being a flight attendant for Delta is “One of the most competitive jobs out there.” Next, United Airlines flight attendants make around 55 thousand dollars a year, which is a little less than Delta makes. If you think about it, the work that these flight attendants do should definitely receive a high pay, which is why people rather work for these two companies (Delta and United Airlines), than others.Image result for airplane

        Imagine working 75-100 hours a month, not just on the ground but in the air! Flight attendants can work on an airplane from 2-14 hours a day, serving food, water, blankets, etc. According to The Essential Guide of Becoming a Flight Attendant, they will usually work a trip, followed by days off immediately when they get home. Once they arrive at their destination, the airport pays for their hotel until they go back home. They also have to work another 50 hours a month preparing for flights. When a flight attendant prepares for a flight, they must clean out all of the trash from the plane. Next, they have to make sure that every seat has a blanket, a pair of headphones, a pillow, a menu, and magazines or important brochures about the plane. They also need to make sure that the bathroom is clean. Once all of this is done, the plane is ready for people to board it. Overall, flight attendants work very hard weekly, spending most of their time preparing to take flight.

         As you might already know, becoming a flight attendant is a job that requires lots of work and training. Flight attendants must also deal with some crazy things as well. For example, there was once a cat was once let loose inside a plane, and the flight attendants had to figure it out! Anyway, in order to become a flight attendant, you must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or a GED. However, for some jobs, you need to be at least 21 years of age to apply. Once you are hired, you must and will receive at least a few weeks of training before beginning work. During their training, you will practice customer service, pre-flight procedures, boarding, in-flight service, safety and security procedures, and first aid. Some of this training can be done before applying for the job, and some of it can be done after applying for the job. To take everything into account, becoming a flight attendant requires many skills, and can only done by certain people.

        You may ask yourself, “where do flight attendants sleep?” Well, unlike the passengers, on long or special flights, flight attendants have bunk beds in tiny crew rest areas. However, on most flights, they sleep in chairs. Also, did you know that pilots had there own private sleeping compartments as well? According to indiatoday, Pilots will usually spend half of their time in their compartments during the flight. Usually, on some airlines, passengers don’t even see the sleeping compartments and beds because they tend to be in the back of the plane. On shorter flights, flight attendants share a private room just for them were they have their own seats. These seats are for the flight attendants so they could sleep or sit down. To tie it all up, flight attendants may surprise you with where they they sleep, and how they travel on the plane.

        Have you ever had to deal with someone who always has a problem with everything, and is always demanding more? Well, flight attendants deal with this mostly every day. On almost every flight, there is always that one person that never appreciates anything that is being done for them. In these situations, flight attendants have to remain calm, which is not everyone’s first instinct.

        Now, think about this…have you ever gone somewhere, like a school trip, and all the food that they served was very repetitive and gross. This is mostly the food that flight attendants are being served. However, they don’t have a choice; therefore, they usually never complain. Food isn’t the only thing flight attendants have to sacrifice…think about when you get home after a long trip far, far away, and feel extremely jet lag and tired. Well, this is what flight attendants feel on a daily basis. They are constantly traveling to far places, and have to learn to live with jet lag that most people have trouble dealing with.

        We hope that over the course of this article you have learned many new and surprising things about how much flight attendants get paid, how many hours they work, how you become one, where they sleep, and what they have to deal with. In conclusion, flight attendants work extremely hard in order to make sure that our flight is safe and comfortable.

 

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