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Nov 18th 2010 12:15AM Party? Drink it up? First most of the times our layovers not not long enough for us to drink and i work at a regional and we get decent layover times 13-15 hr layover and thats when crew sechduling is being nice to you. but factor in a 4 or 5am sign in time and being on duty up to 14 hrs maybe 16 if its weather delays and once you get to your layover all your thinking about is getting into that bed and going to sleep. Let alone were the bar is at and what room the FO or the captin is in and yes there are some younger pilots that will brag about how many girls they have been with but you also have to remember that its been a long time since they have hired piolts at any airline so most of them are in there 30-40 and married.
Sep 21st 2010 1:27PM Yes DJ that is correct we don't start getting paid until the the parking break is released. I know all of the airlines that i interviewed with do this and the airline i work for now does the same thing. I've heard from some FAs that some airlines that start pay from times the wheels go up until the wheels go down.
Jul 21st 2010 8:38PM Bill just like I love my job, I love to fly, i love the paxs that i have on my routes. As far as conplaining about how hard our job is a lot of us are just venting because majority of the time the only other ppl that understands what we put up with on a day to day baises is other fa. Also with you being in the hotel buisness for your entire career i can bet you my bottom dollar that you have days when you need to vent because of all the stupid things you had to do that day. we all have stories that we think could trump the next persons story because thats how america is we are always trying to one up the other. I am sorry that most of the FA's you encounter are unpleasant ppl and i hope that your not the type of person to generalize a group based on a small amount of that group you've encounted because trust me there is some really nice FAs out there, and everyone has they way of dealing with stress, some ppl read, some ppl vent, work out and some ppl bottle it up till they blow up on that one pax. Honestly theres a lot of companys that should have a calss for things like that and how to deal with the public. Also your right your business and being on my flight is paying my bills, just like how at the end of my legs and i check into your hotel, I'm paying your bill too it goes both ways and we can sit here and argue who's job pays for whos bills and union and ext.
For me I have always found it if you ask your pax in a nicely pleasnt " excuse me sir, but we are going to be closing the door would you mind turning off your divice so we could leave on time" btw i do this about 5 min before i make the announcement about it so you can finish your convo. And you would be surprised at how many ppl will compley with what i asked because it was in a nice voice and professional v.s "You need to turn off your phone now" It's not that american aircrews don't have the kindness and persuasion because we had to get the some at some point, it's just that when you get on a flight with them most senior FA's a lot of them have been with the company for so long that they have seen it all and they are tired of the same song and dance and yes i know your next thing is then they should get a new job. but as we all know it's easier said then done. But i've never had really any problems with my pax because if you are nice an courteous to your paxs you can get a lot more out of them and the same thing goes for the pax if your nice and courteous to us it's makes for a nicer flight.
Jul 20th 2010 10:59PM Roger, what i was trying to make and i should have worded it in, was that with the amount of money pax pay for their electronic devices their gonna be more conserend with it then they will a 20 dollar book that can be picked up in the airport after the landing. So in the event of an emergency and you have a paper book most ppl wont care about it cuz it's just 20 or so dollars vs 70 or so for the electronic.
Jul 20th 2010 9:34PM I don't care if you read your book as long as its a paper one and not one thats electroic. Why? Because during that time from when we take off till we reach 10,000 feet in the most critical time that an aircraft can get into an accident and while I only have so many min's get get out my seat and explaine the brace position to you and get back into my seat, i don't have the time to repeat my self because the person in 4B had his i pod in his ears, or because you was too busy trying to turn off your ibook to save battery power. I have 50 + passengers and my self to worry about getting off that plane. And don't think that just because i'm strapped in my jumpseat i don't see that you have just ingnored what i have said. Little do ppl know most FA's who have to repeatlly tell someone to turn it off we know were you sit and we do watch you and you where reported in my flight report that i do at the end of the flight cuz i'm not gonna risk my job because you don't want to listen, and the pax in 2B saw you and reported to someone else.
Aslo Guess what.
It's not the airline that decieds that everyothing with on on-off switch must be in the off position. its the FAA. so if you have a problem with not being able to read your book call the FAA.