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Nov 10th 2010 1:17PM Wow! I wonder if they plan on covering lost time at work pay also? I like how they are offering a free future cruise but wonder how many people will actually accept after this experience with the line. Carnival never was my favorite choice of cruise line and this just adds to the concern.
Aug 31st 2010 1:40PM You are correct about the using that as an excuse for their bad behavior. One flight attendant told me that i was crazy for serving drinks in the coach cabin on a "no-service" flight. I don't see the big deal. I am there anyway so why shouldn't I offer drinks? I like being busy and it makes me happy to take care of my passengers!
Sorry if I was rude! Have a great day.
Aug 31st 2010 1:25PM Hello Fred,
I, as a flight attendant, appreciate your "sympathy" for us as low paid, sometimes treated as servants, treated like crap by our employers and some passengers alike, flight attendants.
Fortunately for me, I am always in a good mood when I am working because I love my job and my passengers even after 13 years and even when the passengers are jerks and the company abuses me and my coworkers are less that desirable. :)
What I do wonder is where you have been hiding that you think "no one is forcing us" to be a flight attendant? Actually, in a perfect world I agree and can personally think of at least three people that need to just say enough is enough and leave, however, with today's economy it's not always that easy. At least it's a job and if you are going to take public transportation, you are going to have to deal with it.
On another side, if you don't want to read about how we are living then don't read it. This is simply a very much needed insight into the lives of a flight attendant so that anyone thinking about the "glamour' life knows what they are really in for. It's a great job but it's not a "walk around and look pretty handing out a soda" job.
Apr 24th 2010 6:58PM Oh yeah, @needcoffee: I am so sorry that happened. It's occasionally going to happen although hopefully I don't spill hot coffee on anyone. I would have gotten you ice and a dry cloth immediately! Shame on that one.
Apr 24th 2010 6:54PM @Bob: Did you comment to the wrong post? I love my job and am not looking for another job unless it's to be a travel writer and even then, I am senior enough that I wouldn't quit.
@Jack: You are somewhat correct. I think it's all in how you conduct yourself. And, @merci7, chameleon is the same as what you described. If I have a patient that has never flown and needs me, I am able to adjust to that. If I have a person that is used to getting their own way and not listening, I can definitely deal with that. With a smile none the less. I may be physically taking their phone from them or offering them the opportunity to wait inside for another flight but it's handled.
Most of my passengers are still great. Some of them don't know any better or like to act like it and just need a little education for us to get along and it all turns out perfectly. A lot of people still do love the experience and even the million milers that I have on board are thrilled that I am not stuffy and like to have fun sometimes at their expense even though I treat them with respect.
I am never amazed by the passengers or other flight attendants but it's like any other job. I like to say that I love flying on planes, staying in hotel, people and I don't sit well so this career was the perfect option. I have to admit that I met a mainline flight attendant (Delta) that was so mean I actually told her that's exactly why I DONT work for Delta and Yes, I had the chance. I swear that I am not stuck up although this sounds terrible as I just read it back to myself. I am simply too easy to get along with to tollerate anyone that is not. Of course, that's where that "Chameleon" comes in to play again....no worries mate.