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Galley Gossip: 3 reasons flight attendants won't allow passengers to switch seats in flight

Galley Gossip:  3 reasons flight attendants won't allow passengers to switch seats in flight Dear Heather, What is the proper etiquette for switching to an open seat? Should I ask the flight attendant first? Is it okay to switch to another row if only one person is occupying the row? Thanks, Rich Dear Rich, Go for it! Switch seats. You don't have to...

Galley Gossip: Flight attendants force Lady Gaga to change clothes in flight

Galley Gossip: Flight attendants force Lady Gaga to change clothes in flight It's an FAA violation to interfere with the duties of a crew member. So please, for the love of Gaga, when a flight attendant asks you to get undressed, get undressed! And don't argue about it. Recently on an eight hour flight from London to New York, Lady Gaga's legs...

Galley Gossip: "Flight attendant" prostitution ring busted (in more ways than one)

Galley Gossip: Sex sells. That's a fact. But did you know that sex stories involving flight attendants will sell even more? It's true. Take for instance the flight attendant prostitution ring bust story that's been making the rounds. The travel site Jaunted even asked me to comment on...

Galley Gossip: Advice for flight attendants in training

Galley Gossip:  Advice for flight attendants in training Hello! I have been just recently hired as a flight attendant for a commuter airlines called Colgan Air. I am just emailing you to ask for some advice on starting out, tips of the trade! I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks, Leilah Leilah, Even in this day and...

Galley Gossip: Emotional support animals, sock monkeys & pets on planes

Galley Gossip: Emotional support animals, sock monkeys & pets on planes Emotional support service animals are service animals that provide emotional support to an individual with a mental health related disability. On most airlines, documentation must be provided 48 hours before departure to permit emotional support animals to travel in the...

Galley Gossip: The Bachelor - airline employees, spouses & why Vienna is perfect for Jake

Galley Gossip: The Bachelor - airline employees, spouses & why Vienna is perfect for Jake If you think long distance dating is difficult, try being married to an airline employee. It ain't easy. Because working for an airline is not just a job, it's a lifestyle, a very unusual one. Even now, seven years later, my husband, a man who travels more often than I do,...

Galley Gossip: The Bachelor - pilots, fashion & a few pilot fashion tips

Galley Gossip:  The Bachelor - pilots, fashion & a few pilot fashion tips Women love pilots. What's not to like? Even men have a thing for pilots. Think Brad Pitt. He fell in love with one. The word itself conjures up images of Richard Gere (Officer and a Gentleman), Tom Cruise (Top Gun), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Andy Garcia (When a Man...

Galley Gossip: Special requests, two cubes of ice & a man's pair of pants

Galley Gossip: Special requests, two cubes of ice & a man's pair of pants Dear Heather, So the other day I was on a flight from Boston to San Francisco and I thought you might get a kick out of the following conversation that took place between the flight attendant working in first class and the passenger sitting beside me... FLIGHT...

Galley Gossip: 5 ways flight attendants handle difficult passengers

Galley Gossip:  5 ways flight attendants handle difficult passengers Flight attendants deal with unruly passengers all the time. How we handle a problem passenger depends on the situation. Most of the time a few simple techniques can be used to diffuse a situation, but I'll get to that in a moment. Because sometimes, every once in awhile, we...

Galley Gossip: How to prepare for a flight attendant interview

Galley Gossip:  How to prepare for a flight attendant interview Dear Heather, I'm interested in becoming a flight attendant. I was wondering if you could give me a little advice as to what to expect in an interview, how should I prepare for it, etc. I would really appreciate it. Donna Dear Donna, Whatever you do, do...

Galley Gossip: Interview with musician Josh Wilson (The Hey, Jude Newark Airport guy)

Galley Gossip: Interview with musician Josh Wilson (The Hey, Jude Newark Airport guy) On January 3rd, 2010, there was a security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport. As a result, all passengers in the secure area were required to clear the concourse and pass through security checkpoints a second time. This process took almost six hours. While most...

Galley Gossip: Lawyer wants to become a flight attendant

Galley Gossip: Lawyer wants to become a flight attendant Dear Heather, I am an attorney, but I stopped working to go back to school for a tax-law post graduate degree and learned so much in school about flight attendants - weird right? Well it's not really that weird because my professor used to work as a tax lawyer for an...

Galley Gossip: 10 signs there's a newbie in first class

Galley Gossip:  10 signs there's a newbie in first class 1. PHONES HOME - As soon as the first class virgin settles into the big, comfy, leather chair, they immediately begin to phone everyone they know during boarding to share exactly where they are, and they do so in a very loud voice as they recline the seat all the way back,...

Galley Gossip: A flight attendant responds to Senator Schumer's outburst

Galley Gossip:  A flight attendant responds to Senator Schumer's outburst No one likes to be told what to do. After the announcement had been made to turn off and stow all electronic devices, a flight attendant noticed Senator Schumer still chatting away on his cell phone and asked him to turn it off. He complied, but not without a fight. He...

Galley Gossip: The first class / orange juice passenger responds to what happened in flight

Galley Gossip:  The first class / orange juice passenger responds to what happened in flight My Galley Gossip post, a flight attendant responds to the first class orange juice debacle, created quite a flurry of comments from people venting their frustrations out on flight attendants. Many readers accused me of defending Helen, the flight attendant mentioned in the...

Galley Gossip: A flight attendant responds to the first class orange juice debacle

Galley Gossip: A flight attendant responds to the first class orange juice debacle If you haven't already heard, there was some sort of debacle involving a flight attendant and a glass of orange juice on an American Airlines flight recently. I read about the story first on the Consumerist web site. Wait, take that back, I tried to read the article but...

Galley Gossip: 10 gifts for flight attendants (and frequent fliers)

Galley Gossip: 10 gifts for flight attendants (and frequent fliers) Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is job security, being able to hold my first bid, two weeks vacation, a raise, longer layovers, more wide-body flying, faster flying times, grateful and polite passengers with a sense of humor, more ferry flights, a cockpit that...

Galley Gossip: Airline seniority, bidding & working undesirable trips

Galley Gossip: Airline seniority, bidding & working undesirable trips Dear Heather, Since when do you have Oklahoma City layovers? Heather, Heather, Heather......I've always envisioned you as A View From The Top, Transcon, 767, New York to LA Princess. It's really hard for me to picture you on a Super80 Oklahoma City two-day. What gives? ...

Galley Gossip - Miss Oklahoma, Pop Rocks, a ripped skirt & other strange things on planes

Galley Gossip - Miss Oklahoma, Pop Rocks, a ripped skirt & other strange things on planes Obviously the best thing about being a flight attendant is being able to travel at a moments notice, as long as there's an open seat available on the flight. The second best thing about being a flight attendant has got to be all those days off! The third best thing about...

Galley Gossip: 5 tips for getting through airport security quickly

Galley Gossip:  5 tips for getting through airport security quickly With Thanksgiving fast approaching and Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's following right behind it, more people than ever will be flying in the upcoming weeks. That means only one thing. Holiday travelers will soon be taking over the airports. It won't be pretty. Long...

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