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May 12th 2010 11:51AM Another way to lift a heavy carry-on into the overhead bin (there have been times I've packed for a fun-trip that left right behind my work-trip, so I had to pack for both!):
1. Lift the bag by the top handle and balance the bag on the aisle armrest.
2. Reach around and grab the handle that's on the bottom of the bag (most have them - if yours doesn't, grab a wheel).
3. Use both handles (and your legs) to lift the bag onto the edge of the bin, then slide it in the rest of the way.
This might only work for taller folks like me, but I've found it's the easiest, especially since our bins are long enough that we can slide rollaboards in length-wise without turning them.
Mar 3rd 2010 1:40PM Ah, training. Some of us were recently reminiscing, as we just passed our one year anniversary with the company. Here's a couple tips (yes, #1 really happened):
1. If they allow you to have hard candy in class (never gum!), make sure you don't buy anything that's sugar free. Two of my friends did so and were popping those things one after the other to help stay awake and alert. Problem is, there's something in those sugar free candies that messes with your system, and they spent our entire lunch break in the restroom! We laughed about that for the rest of the month.
2. Don't give up! Our last week was spent teasingly quarantining two classmates, as they had come down with pretty severe colds, and you just don't have the time to rest and recover during training. Another classmate had a family emergency, but opted to remain in class because she wanted it so badly. Your class IS your support group, so take advantage! If something comes up that you absolutely can't get through, call the instructor. A friend came down with a 105 fever, and was able to get placed in the training class that was one week after ours.
3. Don't go out and buy a whole new wardrobe as a graduation gift. I lost about two dress sizes during training, and then 6 months later, I was crash dieting to fit into a bridesmaid dress that I had ordered one month after training.
4. No matter how long reserve lasts (if you even have to do it), stick it out! They told us two years of reserve when we graduated, but here I am after one year with a move-up/build-up line. It's not a hard line, but it's a huge step up from reserve.
5. Take advantage of study groups, and keep an ear out for advice from people with previous FA experience. It will be invaluable once you're out on line.
Above all, enjoy yourself! Training is one of those experiences that is stressful at the time, but just remind yourself that you'll laugh about it when it's over.
Feb 9th 2010 1:49PM Instead of paying for a blanket, you are allowed to ask a flight attendant if the guys up front could warm up the cabin. The aircraft manuals have temperature settings that don't always make for a comfortable temperature, but if we call up and ask, the pilots always happy to change that. (Your best bet is to ask someone who is not on the service cart - if you ask then, that person will probably forget. Wait until service is over, if you're able to.)
Feb 3rd 2010 3:14PM Partial uniform items are only acceptable if, when packing for a two-day reserve duty period, one thinks, "It's only two days; I won't need jeans," and is subsequently gifted with 17 hours in San Juan.
So there I was, in my summer camp t-shirt, navy blue polyester pencil skirt, and purple flip-flops. Whatever, I was in Puerto Rico.
Jan 27th 2010 5:14PM And if none of those work, lock yourself in the lav, have a little cry, and then write out the entire story on the back of the manifest so you have a good detailed record for when you get called into inflight about a passenger complaint.