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    Top Member randyrandy's Avatar
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    May 16, 2004
    Chicago Daily Herald
    Grounded advice for flight attendant wannabes
    By Gail Todd

    Recently, I received e-mail from two readers who thought flying sounded like
    an exotic career and asked me if I would do it all over again. So when I met
    two old flying cronies for lunch, I asked them the same question.

    We put our heads together and came up with a training guide for anyone who
    is considering a career as a flight attendant and is looking for the
    adventure of air travel. Here it is:

    1. Go to a resale store and find an old, navy suit that an army sergeant
    might have worn. Add a white shirt and a tie. Wear the same outfit for three consecutive days.

    2. Go to an airport and watch airplanes take off for several hours. Pretend
    you are standing by for them and they are all full. Go home. Return to the
    airport the next day and do the same thing again.

    3. Fill several large boxes with rocks. Lift them over your head and place
    them on the top shelf of a closet. Slam the door shut until the boxes fit.
    Do this until you feel a disk slip in your back.

    4. Turn on a radio. Be sure to set it between stations so there is plenty of
    static. Turn on the vacuum cleaner and garbage disposal. Run them all night.

    5. Remove the covers from several TV entrees. Place them in a hot oven.
    Leave the food in the oven until it's completely dried out. Remove the hot
    trays with your bare hands. Serve to your family. Don't include anything for

    6. Serve your family a beverage one hour after they've received their meal.
    Make them remain in their seats during this time. Ask them to scream at you
    and complain about the service.

    7. Scrounge uneaten rolls off the plates for you to eat two hours later when
    you're really hungry.

    8. Place a straight-backed chair in a closet facing a blank wall. Use a belt
    to strap yourself into it. Eat the rolls you saved from your family's meal.

    9. Ask your family to use the bathroom as frequently as possible. Tell them
    to make splashing water a game and see who can leave the most disgusting
    mess. Clean the bathroom every hour throughout the night.

    10. Make a narrow aisle between several dining room chairs and randomly
    scatter your husband's wing-tips and loafers along the way. Turn off the
    lights and spend the night walking up and down the aisle while banging your
    shins against the chair legs and tripping over the shoes. Drink several cups
    of cold coffee to keep yourself awake.

    11. Gently wake your family in the morning and serve them a cold sweet roll.
    Don't forget to smile and wish them a nice day when they leave for work and

    12. After the family leaves, take a suitcase and go out in the yard. If it's
    not raining, turn on the sprinkling system and stand in the cold for 30
    minutes pretending like you're waiting for the crew bus to pick you up. Then
    go inside and wait by your bedroom door for another 30 minutes for an
    imaginary maid to make up your room.

    13. Change into street clothes and shop for five hours. Pick up carry-out
    food from a local deli. Go back home. Sit on your bed and eat your meal. Set
    your alarm for 3 a.m. so you'll be ready for your wake-up call.

    14. Repeat the above schedule for three days in a row and you'll be ready to
    work your first international trip.

    Several years ago, on a flight out of Denver, my flying partner was
    half-buried in a cart trying to rescue the last few entrees from a meal
    cart. A passenger asked her what she was doing. Without removing her head
    from the carrier, she responded: "I'm looking for the glamour in this job."

    And yes, I would do it all over again. So would my flying partners. Go

    Gail Todd, a free-lance writer, worked as a flight attendant for more than
    30 years.

    Randy - Nonrev Correspondent Chicago

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    LA, the city of angels & freeways
    Aah, the glamorous world of aviation

    Keep'em flying
    Keep'em Flying

    Migflanker - Senior NonRev Correspondent - Los Angeles

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    Been a FA for years, and it's pretty much just like that.

    So why is it a job we love to hate but miss it when we are not doing it any more?


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    To bookend with Randy's list for wannabe f/a's, here another list entitled "you know you've been flying too long when..."
    You know you've been flying too long when

    1. You can sleep sitting upright in a chair--any chair, anywhere.

    2. You can eat a four course meal standing at the counter in the kitchen.

    3. You look for the "crew line" at the grocery store.

    4. You can actually enjoy a crew meal eaten on the jump seat right next to the lavs-which are in constant use.

    5. You only tell time in Zulu time.

    6. You can follow the plot line of a movie without hearing the audio.

    7. You don't think in "months" but in "bid" periods

    8. The power goes out in your hotel room, but you know the layout so well you don't bump into anything.

    9. USA Today is your local paper
    and finally you know you've been flying too long when
    I mention Diet Coke over ice and you "know" what I'm taking about. [/list]

    Keep'em flying
    Keep'em Flying

    Migflanker - Senior NonRev Correspondent - Los Angeles

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    Top Member randyrandy's Avatar
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    I recently saw this article again on another site and thought I'd bring it back for another read. (See article at top of page.)

    Randy - Nonrev Correspondent Chicago

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