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Nov 29th 2011 10:13AM The jobs pay just above minimum wage when the guarantee is averaged out. That's why. Also, there are no agencies dedicated to protecting the safety of flight attendants. No OSHA for us.
Nov 29th 2011 10:11AM "Chris" is at the top of the SWA pay scale. The salary he or she mentions is the result of a brutal flight schedule plus overtime, plus holiday pay. Not the average income. However, Southwest is at the top of the industry in wages. Many of the airlines don't even come close, especially the regional carriers
Also, it's "hours" per month, not trips. Heather should have made it clearer that the monthly lines can only be blocked for those hours per month, as not to violate FAA regs and valuable rest times. There is little restriction on the amount of hours one can pick up on their days off, or trip trade.
A big consideration is quality of life at work. What is the company culture? How often is a reserve going to fly above the guarantee? Remember that with almost all of the airlines, you're going to be on reserve for many years.
It used to be that flight attendants made decent wages, could raise a family and although not accumulate wealth, have a good life. Not any more. Starting out, flight attendants would have roommates, not a crashpad situation reminiscent of migrant workers. The job has really deteriorated for new-hires.
May 18th 2011 9:46PM It actually is entreprenurial, just like hiring undocumented immigrants, or any other kind of larceny and theft. Should we bury our heads in the Arizona sand?
Jan 15th 2010 12:30PM I'm not seeing many comments about exercise and eating healthy foods. It's not a "quick fix" like bariatric surgery, but a much better option, gives healthy choices for life, and much less expensive.
Bariatric surgery is the latest "cash cow" for surgeons. At somewhere around $30,000.00 Many insurance companies pay for this procedure. Do the math when we complain about our high insurance rates.
In the meantime, their parents need to take a look at their own lifestyles, what their part was in contributing to their child's obesity and what they can do to support and maintain a healthy lifestyle for their teen and themselves.
Teens need to be empowered to take control of their lives, and not view themselves as "victims of an epidemic". They are eating too much, eating fatty foods, and not getting exercise. It's not a matter of the "right fad diet", it's simply burning the calories you eat.
There are many good counselors in the field of weight loss. This is a family problem, not just the teen's. Bariatric surgery should be a last resort.
Nov 12th 2009 8:33PM Absolutely. And why is she getting ANY air time? Oh, yeah. I forgot. She's a good-looking blonde.
Nov 9th 2009 10:59PM It's absolutely true. Same for any deer. I lost a friend in just that way... swerved to avoid a deer while driving her compact car, went out of control into the oncoming lane and was taken out by a large dump truck.
I haven't heard of a bobcat attack on a human in recent history, and coyote attacks are so rare that this recent one make international headlines. Mountain lions, (cougars, pumas) have attacked and killed people with much more frequency up in the mountains.... their territory.
Sep 2nd 2008 11:57PM Sounds like the GOP hackers have taken over this web site. McCain? Dream on, rednecks!
Jan 7th 2008 12:37PM I tried using the Google free service but their voice recognition is terrible. I couldn't get connected, and I tried three different businesses. No live operator option.
I have been using free411 which is much better and has a live operator option if you have trouble with the voice recognition program. Even though you have to tolerate an ad, it has been much better for me than Google.
Jul 12th 2007 10:06PM The bottom line here, is we are all commenting on a strictly one-sided story. And you bet that parents are responsible for their children's behavior as well as their own.
As a former flight attendant (NOT stewardess), decisions to remove a passenger are not made lightly, nor is it the sole responsibility of the flight attendant. Also, threats are not taken lightly. AOL is also irresponsible for whipping up a frenzy over one person's unverified account of an incident.
Anyone who thinks being a flight attendant is easy, please walk several miles in those shoes, because no flight attendant ever just walked one mile.