FLIGHT ATTENDANT Q AND A

There is something mysterious and intriguing about flight attendants. Before becoming one myself, I’ve had always been curious about flight attendants and what it was like jetting in and out of the country for a living. In my eyes, they’ve always looked so poised and graceful, as if they were living their best lives. Of course, after becoming one myself, I now know the secret lives of flight attendants. But even though I now know what goes behind the curtains, I still catch myself being fascinated about other flight attendants when I see them walking down airports. So I understand how intrigued people get about FAs. I get asked so many questions all the time about the life of a flight attendant, and recently, I made a video answering some of the questions you guys have.

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WHEN FLYING STARTS TO LOSE ITS MAGIC

I guess, at some point, everyone feels this, as if the magic in flying starts to fade and everything is beginning to look a bit dull and normal and no longer the colorful, adrenaline-inducing fairytale it used to be. No matter what the job is, from a nine-to-five desk job to a 24-hour duty time to a globe-trotting life, there will always come a time when it will seem to be not as fascinating anymore. As a flight attendant of five years now, I have had my fair share of unforgettable moments that I will always, always be grateful for. But I have to admit, it’s not always amazing, and this job is not perfect. There is no perfect job, and sometimes, it starts to feel less exciting and more boring. I know five years in the sky is nothing compared to those who have been flying for more than 30 years, and I know many, and I have so much respect for them, but then, that doesn’t invalidate this feeling: When the magic in flying starts to wear off.

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ENROLLING IN FLIGHT ATTENDANT SCHOOL

So I’ve been asked this a lot of times, in different ways, but always with the same question: Do you need to attend a flight attendant school and finish a flight attendant course to become a flight attendant? First of all, that’s a lot of flight attendant in one sentence, and secondly, the simple answer is NO. And today, I’m going to explain why I always say no when I get asked this question. No, you don’t have to enroll in an FA school for your application to be accepted. You would have to shell out money, time, and effort, but it isn’t necessary for your application. There are many flight attendant schools that offer “flight attendant courses”, where they teach you things about being a flight attendant. I guess, to describe it simply, they offer simulation courses of an actual flight attendant training. Upon finishing the class, you receive a completion certificate. I don’t have any idea how much this usually costs, but I guess they do cost a bit, especially if you’re fresh out of college, with no work experience, no savings, and just looking for a way to land your dream job. I know I was back then. These so-called FA courses basically prepare you for the applications to the airlines you will be making in the future. They teach you how to act like a flight attendant, to walk the talk, so come interview day, you already look like the part. But then, to get your application accepted, such courses won’t be required. What you need to do to become an FA is submit your resume to the airline, pass the interviews and exams, get to the training (which the airline provides), pass your training, graduate, and eventually fly. No one will ask if you’ve attended seminars or classes, nor if you have any certificate from a flight attendant school. What they will look at is you. You and your credentials and your looks and your personality and your confidence and your skills. It will be all you. And when you get through the application process, you will then be scheduled for training by the company, and you won’t have to shell out any amount for that training. The only thing needed is you passing the training. It is the only training that matters, because it is the one required for you to become a flight attendant, and it is provided by the airline company.

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A LITTLE UPDATE

Another year has come and gone, but what makes it even weirder is that it’s halfway January now. Just like that, two weeks have gone by since New Year’s Eve! Like, what? Anyway, I am back here again for another blog, because I have not given up the hope that one day, I will finally be consistent in putting out content for your guys. I know it sounds silly when I say it’s hard, because seriously, can anything be more first world that content scheduling problems? But honestly, it’s not easy for me finding the balance between flying and family and relationships and sleep and social media and Netflix and makeup removal and that whole thing called life, and it can be quite overwhelming for me trying to juggle everything. But like I said, I’m still hoping that this year is the year I finally get it all together. I have said before that I will be coming out with blogpost and/or vlogs every Thursday (#thursyay, anyone?), and it sucks that I didn’t get to stick to that, but here I am again, giving it another try. I enjoy editing and writing and all that creative stuff, I really do, but it kinda takes away the fun when I get this self-imposed pressure of having to come up with something before the deadline, and that ultimately beats the purpose of me doing this. I do this because I love it, I enjoy it, and I don’t want it to start feeling like a chore or a burden. I guess what I want to say is, this year, I will try my best to be as consistent as I can be, without having to force things out, just so I can stick to a schedule. I hope that’s okay with you all. It’s just, I love doing this, and I wanna keep loving it.

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LIFE AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

For many people, the Christmas season means being with family and celebrating together at home. Most go home from the city, break away from work for a little while, and not worry about anything, because it is the season to be merry after all. Not everyone, though, can do that. Many people have to stay behind to keep the show going, because duty calls 24/7. And for us flight attendants, the same thing goes. There is no such thing as holiday. If anything, things get even busier for us during these special occasions. Now that it’s halfway through November, Christmas is officially just around the corner, and before we know it, it’s that time of the year again.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR LONG HAUL FLIGHT MORE COMFORTABLE

As a flight attendant, I enjoy long haul flights, because there’s so much time to bond with the people you’re flying and working with, and there’s so much opportunity to get to know your passengers as well. Even as a passenger, I like long haul flights. I get to sleep a lot, catch up on my reading, enjoy some movies, and basically just enjoy the journey. But that’s not always the case for everyone. Some people absolutely hate it! I guess, it’s because long haul flights can also be sooo uncomfortable and such a pain in the ass. So to help you guys on your upcoming vacation, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks I learned over the years to make your next long haul flight a little bit easier.

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BEST SITE TO BOOK HOTELS WHEN TRAVELING AS A NON-REV: FREE LAST-MINUTE CANCELLATION

I know, flying as a non-rev can be quite stressful, especially when the flight is packed and you’re not even sure if you’re gonna make it to your flight. Getting bumped off happens all the time, because, let’s admit it, as non-rev travelers, we are at the bottom of the food chain, hahaha! But that’s the life of a non-rev, flying on standby and hoping for the best! Don’t get me wrong. Yes, it’s amazing that we get to fly for free, and we are grateful for that, but it can really take a toll on our vacation plans, especially when you’ve got everything paid for, you’ve got your hotel booked, your itinerary had been set, only to be told that the flight is full and it wouldn’t be possible to accommodate you. Now you have to call your hotel to cancel or rebook, consequently pay the fees, and forego your day 1 tour. Plans have suddenly changed, and so did your budget. Which is why I am very excited to share with you guys that I’ve partnered with GoBumpFree to bring to you this amazing hotel-booking service for non-revenue travelers, like myself. To simply put it, GoBumpFree allows you to cancel your hotel booking at the last minute, should you get bumped off your flight, or for whatever reason that you won’t make it.

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