Passenger (PSX): Can I have the vegetarian option?
ME: No, I'm sorry todays options are only chicken or beef unless you've placed a special meal order at the time of booking your ticket this is what we have. (of course we don't starve our passengers. But some will throw a fit and thats when we put our chef hats on and create some meal for them using what we have)
PSX: Well can you check to see if there's one?
ME: Sure. let me go talk shit to my colleagues, drink some water, pretend that I made a phone call to the catering folks 38,000 ft below and come back to let you know if any vegetarian meals appeared in our ovens, hold tight.
THIS is My life in a nutshell, but guess what? I think I like it. So there you have it, this is what I currently do for a living. A lot of people on social media are always asking what is it that I do for a living and because I DO NOT share any photos with me in uniform you'd think that i'm an escort, rich or whatever else that comes to the mind. I only post photos when I'm in another country because well, I like to flex in the places I used to google and thought I'd never see. No I am not rich, I'm just a broke ass flight attendant, but the perks of being one outweighs my brokeness.
Moving right a long, I get asked how is it being a flight attendant. Truth be told, its AMAZING! I love the lifestyle. I love NOT working Monday-Friday 9-5. I love working one day and then having off the next 2-3 days 5 days max in a row and then packing my bags to fly to Australia. I enjoy sleeping in Dubai, waking up in some country in Africa and having some bomb ass food in India all within one week. So, heres a glimpse of my REAL schedule for the month of September.
September 03-05 Guangzhou, China
September 07-09 Johannesburg, South Africa
September 10-11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 14-16 Malta
September 19-22 NEW YORK <3
September 25-27 London, UK
September 30-October 02 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
So, as you can see September was jammed packed for me. My schedule is not like this all the time. Some months I have turnaround flights which means I drop the passengers off then return back to base with a new set of passengers, go home and take my ass to sleep, or party. I have days off in between flights and during those those off I either sleep in because I'm so exhausted, i travel to surrounding countries, or just hang out with whichever one of my friends are off. But I am home more than ever because you can get really lazy with this job and I've become really lazy. I really am trying to break the habit though.
For some odd reason, people think this career is all golden. And to be honest some people make the best of it. And like in any situation, you can either make it really fun or really crappy. Is the glass half full or half empty? For me, this is the easiest job and what I really enjoy most and I'm guilty for not taking advantage of it is that every time I fly somewhere, its with a new set of crew that I never met before. Sometimes, you do get to fly with the same person twice but maybe days, months or years from when you first flew together. So with me coming in contact with new colleagues on every flight its an opportunity to learn something from them. I normally try to learn about their country so that one day I can visit. Now, the crappy part of the job is that you have some colleagues that are coo coo. You have supervisors that are angry, colleagues that try to be bossy just because they are more senior and so forth. Thankfully, my mindset is "what the F**Kever, do my job stay out the way and keep quiet because I know that my mouth can be filthy and land me in hot water." the best part about flying with these shitty colleagues and supervisors is that I don't have to work with them everyday or see them ever again after that flight and if I do, then I can pretend I never flew with them or keep in mind how they are so just play the game accordingly.
On my layover which varies, yes I do go out and explore. I think flight attendants are super humans. We get shit done. I can work a 16 hour flight to RIO get to my hotel, shower and have energy to go sightsee or party. Depending on the destination, some layovers can be as little as 17 hours (Seychelles) or 80 hours (Florida) but most of them are 24 hours layover and you'd be surprised how much sightseeing we get done within that time limit. The best part is, I don't have to see everything at once because I know that I can visit the destination again and again. Also, when traveling outside of work these short layovers turned me into a traveler that doesn't have to spend so many days in one city. Its definitely a different type of traveling for me vs when I didn't have these travel perks and had to pay full fair for my flights.
If you are interested in becoming a flight attendant, I have some tips in my older post red-lipsemirates-the-number-6.html "Red Lips and the Number 6." It's very detailed and I thoroughly explained how the interview process went for me at my current company. However, the information is generic and can be used for any other airline.
Peace In The Middle East.