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Two Awesome Dutch Ladies Remind Us How Amazing it is to Fly

Do you remember what it felt like to fly for the first time? Not many of us do, probably, at least not to the extent that the memory brings us real joy at the wonder of it all. A new video just did that for me, so I’d like to share it. One of the…

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Crewed Talk: Airline Crews Don’t Need April for Pranking

One of the things I most love about my fellow crew members is that they know how to have a good time. The course of an airline career will serve up lots of time to kill. Delays, reschedules, red-eyes, cancellations, long sit times and layovers, so self-entertaining skills come in handy. Now that we have…

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Let’s Stop this Travel “Secret” in its Tracks

Did you guys read Brian Cohen’s listicle dissection this week here on FlyerTalk? In it, he walks us through some recently published travel “secrets” (most of which, he points out, are actually old news to FlyerTalkers) and kindly directs the flight attendant claims to me. I appreciate that because I see quite a rumor being started…

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What You Might Not Know About Flight Attendants

“So, what do your parents think about you wasting your college degree?” These are the things strangers – passengers – presume to say to young New Hire flight attendants. I was reminded of those days this week when two separate professors at Oxford University commented, “Why aren’t you an academic? I think you missed your…

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How Air Catastrophes Affect Flight Crews

When it comes to this topic, perhaps more than any other, I must stress that I can only speak for myself. But people are asking me how I feel about Malaysian Airlines flight 370, so I will tell you. Generally I approach accidents like a surgeon to her patients. Cool detachment. “Minor” incidents are a piece…

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The Other Side of Delta’s Recent Breast Feeding Flap

When Delta announced the big changes to its mileage program, it pushed a different company story to the back page – the one about the breastfeeding blow-up on Twitter. It had surprising staying power and continued to spark debate on multiple daytime talk shows, and was notably misrepresented at that. Throughout the controversy, there was…

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What’s the Best Work Schedule for a Flight Crew?

Here on FlyerTalk I recently read across a debate on the forums that took a diversion into a question of flight attendant work rules. There was a bit of disagreement over what’s desirable – are super long days a good thing or a bad thing? You might be surprised by what some have to say,…

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An Introduction to Airline Crashpad Culture

In December we delved into the world of crew crashpads. I left you with a little mention about crashpad culture and promised to come back to tell you a little more. As you can imagine, there are mini-soap operas everywhere. I’ve heard of drug-dealer landlords, knife-threatening roommates and roomies who just “disappeared and never came…

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Crewed Talk: Would You Leave Your Job for $40,000?

Imagine you’ve been in the same career for 15 years. Your company comes to you and offers $40,000 to leave in 3-12 months. Would you take it? That’s the deal being extended to American Airlines flight attendants until February 28th. I keep getting asked if I think a lot of stews will take it, as I’ve…

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What if There’s Trouble in Your Layover City?

I’ve had my eye on the troubles in Thailand this week. I was originally meant to be there for a vacation right now, so it’s suddenly serendipitous that I had to cancel for personal reasons. Now I don’t even have to decide if the political crisis presents any danger. Working crews, however, will just have…