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Aug 31st 2010 3:49PM Don't worry, my comments were phrased poorly. I probably had this reaction because I know (largely thanks conversations with kind FAs such as yourself, not to mention Heather's enlightening tweets) that FAs are truly underpaid, so what was intended to be news to the unknowing becomes a dig to those already in the know.
Aug 31st 2010 1:20PM No offense intended, just a broad comment directed at many FAs I have heard on planes. I wasn't really directing at you in particular, just using a plural "you". I agree people need accurate information. I just don't like hearing it as an excuse for rude or non existent service. Your post is certainly balanced. I have just heard to many FAs that don't share your pragmatic view.
Aug 31st 2010 11:40AM Add to that the fact that one of the biggest perks, nonrev flying (i.e. flying free), is harder and harder because planes are fuller and fuller.
Still as much sympathy as I have, I also realize no one if forcing you to be an FA. I'll do my best to be courteous to you, understanding you are not well paid, but please don't air your grievances to me, because you do have a choice of profession.
Dec 31st 2009 8:18PM Gee, sorry for talking about a newbie mistake in a blog post about newbie mistakes. I apologize my low class self intruded on your exclusive domain in first.
Oh, and how is it selfish to take a roll that I'm offered?
Oh, plus we had a 4 hour delay on the ground waiting to be deiced, and the FAs were a little too generous with the wine. So that was another issue that kept me from using common sense.
Dec 30th 2009 3:56PM As you say, the difference is the newbie immediately texts the pic and talks endlessly to friends about the experience while still on the ground. The veteran covertly snaps a few pics here and there, and puts away the camera when done.
Dec 30th 2009 12:01PM Hey, I take pictures on most of my leisure flights, regardless of class. Also, it certainly isn't a crime to take advantage of the booze and food in first. For some of us, being upfront is such a rarity, we want to enjoy all it offers. And as for the coat, unless I'm worried about wrinkles, I just don't feel like waiting for the FA, so I just toss it in the overhead. If she offers, it's hers, but I'm a little too impatient to wait.
Perhaps my biggest newbie mistake was a flight out of Denver. I was ticketed in Y, but my flight was canceled (mx). Last of the day, so they put us in a hotel, and put my in first the next day. During lunch service, the FA comes with the bread bowl, and plops it in my face. Not noticing the tongs in her other hand, I just reach in and grab. FA and the guy next to me just stare. To this day I feel like an idiot.
Good list, though.