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Galley Gossip: Taking Care Of Other People's Kids In Flight

Galley Gossip: Taking Care Of Other People's Kids In Flight Long ago I was on a flight from Chicago to Boston via New York when a weary woman with an active baby sat next to me. Having much experience babysitting, I was used to babies and thought I might be called upon to smile, wave and cheer up a crying baby, but never did I think...

Galley Gossip: 9 Safety Tips For New Flight Attendants (And Solo Travelers)

Galley Gossip: 9 Safety Tips For New Flight Attendants (And Solo Travelers) 1. "The Gift of Fear," by Gavin De Becker, should be required reading for all men and women, especially for those of us who travel, particularly for women who travel alone. I've recommended this book to more flight attendants and passengers than anything thing else over the...

Galley Gossip: 10 Ways To Handle A Tight Connection

Galley Gossip: 10 Ways To Handle A Tight Connection 1. Book wisely. If you need to be somewhere really important, it's probably not a good idea to book your flights with less than an hour between them. Even an hour is pushing it. An hour and a half is good. Two hours, even better. Whatever you do, don't take the last flight...

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered From time to time I get asked questions about bad passengers. I thought I'd share a few of them here. What's the worst passenger behavior you've witnessed? I've caught passengers taking other people's luggage out of the bin to make room for their own bags. I'm not...

Galley Gossip: Can Passengers View Pornography on the Airplane?

Galley Gossip: Can Passengers View Pornography on the Airplane? From time to time I get questions from readers who want to know what the rules are regarding viewing pornography in flight now that Wi-Fi is available on board most airplanes. Thankfully, it hasn't been much of an issue (knock on wood). But planes are crowded, personal space...

The 10 Best Travel Apps For Flight Attendants

The 10 Best Travel Apps For Flight Attendants 1. FAAWait - During a creeping weather delay a flight attendant who also works part time as an air traffic controller told me about FAAWait. It's his favorite app. One click and we knew which airports across the country were also experiencing delays, how long the delays were...

Galley Gossip: Interview With A Saudi Airline Flight Attendant

Galley Gossip: Interview With A Saudi Airline Flight Attendant Where are you from, Ahmed? Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I'm Jeddah based. What are the requirements to become a flight attendant for Saudi Airlines? High school minimum, English language (reading writing and spoken fluent), minimum age is 19, maximum age is 35, flight...

Galley Gossip: How Being Married To A Flight Attendant Is Great Training For The Job

Galley Gossip: How Being Married To A Flight Attendant Is Great Training For The Job Hi Heather, My wife is a flight attendant and for some time now I've been looking to make a career change and was thinking of becoming a flight attendant myself. I can see how she enjoys it and has fun with it and I'd like to try it, too. Do you think it would be a good or...

Galley Gossip: How To Answer Difficult Flight Attendant Interview Questions

Galley Gossip: How To Answer Difficult Flight Attendant Interview Questions I'm scheduled for a flight attendant interview on Tuesday! I've been through the process once before so I am familiar with the questions they may ask, but I'm just not confident in my answers sometimes. The hardest part is answering behavioral or situational questions. When...

Galley Gossip: How Do New Flight Attendants On Probation Commute To Work? (And Who Pays For It?)

Galley Gossip: How Do New Flight Attendants On Probation Commute To Work?  (And Who Pays For It?) I would love to become a flight attendant. I live close to Fort Lauderdale airport, only about 30 miles from Miami International Airport and 80 miles from West Palm Beach Airport. I also have two teenagers (13 and 16) so that's where my question begins. If I live in Florida...

Galley Gossip: 10 Signs You're Commuting, Non-Reving, Or Traveling Standby

Galley Gossip: 10 Signs You're Commuting, Non-Reving, Or Traveling Standby You know you're a commuter when you pack 20 pairs of pantyhose inside your crew bag. This is what I was thinking as I packed my suitcase to go back to work last week. Of course two seconds later I had to stop what I was doing so I could update my Facebook page with that very...

Galley Gossip: Giving Thanks To Military Men And Women This Memorial Day

Galley Gossip: Giving Thanks To Military Men And Women This Memorial Day Near the end of a flight from New York to Dallas, a little girl, 9 years old, handed me a piece of paper that read: "Everyone on this plane that works on this plane is very kind and welcoming, comforting and makes me feel safe, happy and comfy, so thank you to everyone....

Galley Gossip: In Defense Of Old And Weary Flight Attendants

Galley Gossip: In Defense Of Old And Weary Flight Attendants "Wouldn't it be nice to be served by flight attendants that are actually excited to come to work? Yes, safety training is important. But there is no reason to believe that a fit and alert 29-year-old should perform less safely in an emergency than a weary, overweight...

Galley Gossip: 5 Of The Best 'Worst Flight Attendant' Comedy Skits Of All Time

1. Saturday Night Live: Flight Announcement (staring Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox) 2. Pam Ann: Cabin Service (staring Pam Ann) ...

Galley Gossip: Even flight attendants deserve the right to choose pants

Galley Gossip: Even flight attendants deserve the right to choose pants In a magazine I read years ago, a bigwig working for an international Asian carrier was quoted stating, "Passengers wouldn't dare yell at a flight attendant wearing a dress." It felt like a snide remark directed toward flight attendants in the United States who prefer to...

Galley Gossip: Why flight attendants might not open an emergency exit during an evacuation

Galley Gossip: Why flight attendants might not open an emergency exit during an evacuation The first thing a flight attendant does before opening an emergency exit during an evacuation is assess the conditions outside. This is one reason why some airlines require passengers seated in the exit rows to keep their window shades up during takeoff and landing. The last...

Galley Gossip: Improve your travel with Bruce Lee

Galley Gossip: Improve your travel with Bruce Lee The following quotes are from the book Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living by John Little. 1. Something for nothing - "There is only something for something, never something for nothing." Think about that next time you feel nickel and dimed by an...

Galley Gossip: How do flight attendants survive on such a small salary?

Galley Gossip: How do flight attendants survive on such a small salary? I've been offered a position as a flight attendant. Training hasn't started yet, but I'm freaking out a little. Should I back out? It seems like a fun and exciting job, but the pay is $20/hour with only a 79-hour guarantee of work per month. The first year I would have to...

Galley Gossip: Flight attendant haunted layover hotel ghost stories (and a haunted plane!)

Galley Gossip: Flight attendant haunted layover hotel ghost stories (and a haunted plane!) In the spirit of Halloween, I'd like to share a few layover hotel ghost stories from flight attendants I know... At a hotel in San Francisco the water kept turning itself on during the night. After the 3rd or 4th time, instead of getting up and turning it off, I had a...

Galley Gossip: Pilot sexually harassed by a passenger!

Galley Gossip: Pilot sexually harassed by a passenger! Dear Heather, I have to share this with you. I'm a pilot and I was sexually harassed last night. While jump-seating home, the lead flight attendant calls the cockpit and says a passenger thinks one of the flaps is out of position. The captain sends...

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