Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Angels in the Sky

Summer holidays are almost over and by now most of us have flown and came back home. We also swapped our horror and war stories of how terrible the service on board the aircraft was or said our few kind words about how helpful the Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant(s) were.

Well, have you ever wondered why are these young (or in some cases not so young) women and men on board the flight. For most of us, they are here to do the service, and be there for our every little request. Try again, these are highly trained people, they spend five weeks doing initial training in Safety and Security Procedures, First Aid and Fire Fighting among other subject and then have periodic training to stay current.

Their main purpose in life is to make sure that the passengers remain safe and secured and finally well served with a smile.

So next time you travel don't bring on board carry on luggage that weighs more than your checked baggage and expect them to lift it for you (there is a reason why not, if one hurts their back and have to be offloaded passengers may have to be offloaded to stay within the rule of 50 passengers per Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant);
or sneak to the toilet for a cigarette and set smoke alarms or God forbid start a fire;
or horse around and be unruly (trust me they will restrain you)

Try to make their life a little easier and they will do their best to keep you safe and secure and mostly happy.

They are your Angels in the Sky.

6 comments:

  1. Thank You Oussama! What a lovely post...much appreciated. I am going to tweet it: )http://twitter.com/theflyingpinto

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  3. The truth had to come out sometime, so please do keep up the good work people, and above all have fun and enjoy, you deserve it

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  4. Thanks Oussama! We appreciate the kudos. (Oh, but at my airline we had 8.5 weeks of initial qualification training - 5 weeks? I would have given my right arm during training to have it reduced to 5 weeks!)
    Thanks again - you are a sweet man!
    CJ
    Tucson, AZ

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  5. A lot of people don't realise how tough being a flight attendant is; just imagine how tired you get after a long haul flight - well FAs have to sometimes do the return flight pretty sharpish too.... and they are on their feet pretty much the whole journey.

    FAs do a great job, and they are definitely not appreciated a great deal. The job is not all glamour at all!

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