Monday, April 27, 2009

The list keeps on growing

Thanks to Traytable within a week my list of "followers" has grown from 1 to 4. It's also motivated me to write more. So here is some more from a "I dreamed of being an FA" person :)"

Today it's been a bit crazy! It's the comment countdown at Airboy's blog, and seriously he kills me! He must be such fun on the flight. I hope I didn't come across as being too desperate for being the 1000th person to comment LOL

I know the job of an FA though considered glamorous, is actually hard work. Irregular hours, changes in your body clock and as Airboy commented "the Layover blues"! I know when I travel long haul which I do at least once a year to visit family back home, it takes me days to recover, at least from all that adrenalin rush once on board. I'm a bit of a snob and snicker when people consider a flight from one end of Canada to the other a red eye, or they get jet lag! Some of my flights require me to go to Los Angeles only to use that as a spring board to the start of a long haul. Just six hours in a plane and it's a real waste of time! Give me 10-14 hours NONSTOP and I'll be as content as baby that has just been fed..burp!

Back to the jobs of FAs, I admire how you can deal with so many people, smile and be the same way when the passengers deplane! I've nothing against FAs that don't want to be up there, and actually want to be the first ones of the plane when it lands. I've had some of those and I ask myself, who hired them? LOL. Sometimes I think I was just so bent on becoming an FA because I loved planes. Now when I think of it, my job would require me to also smile constantly, keep my composure and then be prepared to do it all over again, wow! (But then those hiring would have detected I don't have those qualities lol)They say things happen for the best and now I'm glad in a way I never became an FA! I have an FA friend and an absolute jewel of a guy, that when I see his patience levels, I know I am still far behind in the patience department.

For now I think I'll just be content to sit in my "window" seat, headphones on my head, watching the clouds go by or gaze at the stars at night, including those inside the cabin on the ceiling, sipping my champagne (well some serve it in Economy lol) and have my camera in hand for those unexpected photo opportunities. And on my next flight, FA's you better watch out!!. I behaved myself on Lufthansa and Qantas by not photographing the cabin crew, but now I deeply regret that. After all FAs are the ones that make your flight what it is and what better memory to have of your flight, than to walk away with fond memories on film of the group that made it all possible!!! Here's to all the FAs out there! Wear you uniform with pride, hold your head up high and know that someone somewhere is admiring you!!


  1. Great post. And you know what, sometimes I wish I was the guy in 5B, on to his second movie with a champagne in hand! While off I go to clean the lav...

    I think as we go through life, we find out that sometimes we got what we want, just noot in the way we expected...

  2. You've made us wanting you as our passenger !!

  3. Ah je vous presente, Monsieur Sodwee!! Thanks for being here :). Well it will be a pleasure to be on board airboy, but most probably it will be on a Karachi turnaround which I know you avoid LOL

    Traytable I have a cousin who years back when I told her I wanted to be an FA, she said to me "Why not be the one being served". Of course I rolled my eyes and considered it nonsense...but now after all these many trips of 14 different airlines, I think like you said above "we got what we want, just not in the way we expected"...I actually landed up being served instead of serving. Of course 98% of flights in Economy though :) (And don't think I have millions because I fly around, I just got some really good deals!!)

  4. Like the others have said, you sound like our dream customer! When big-bertha (the A380) lands in YYZ, you are welcome on ANY of my flights - I will personally take you around the aircraft, showing you every nook, cranny and hiding place we have on board! Being the ultimate passenger seems somewhat more appealing than being crew sometimes, but as you know, i won't be trading this life any time soon!

  5. Wow, a royal tour of the A380! That would be awesome, a pic by that bar (even though I will be in coach) and to actually say I have seen those First Class Suites and the showers will be great! Thanks for the offer!