There can be more to flight attendants than meets the eye.
The job of a flight attendant is often seen as glamorous with long trips away, a smart uniform, and a good salary. Unfortunately, all is not what it seems! Although it can be quite a serious and demanding job and often with long hours, we like to laugh a lot too and enjoy our work. Here are ten things you might not know about flight attendants.
Despite the image that most people see, we are all shapes and sizes, of different ages and nationalities, and not all are female! This impression of a flight attendant is outdated, although some countries do hold on to the old view of only young, slim, pretty females. As long as you are fit to fly, age should not be a factor, and we are very multicultural.
Many flight attendants have professional backgrounds and are highly educated. There are ex-lawyers, nurses, teachers, accountants, and managers who decide to make the move to a flying career. Often flight attendants study part-time for their degrees or masters, and some train to be pilots.
Flight attendants hate the phrase ‘trolley dolly’ as it is degrading and makes it sound as if we are stupid. It also implies that we are only there to hand out food. The primary role of a flight attendant is to be there for the safety and welfare of the passengers, including urgent medical assistance and dealing with emergency situations.
Source: Simple Flying