Crew Member Fear: The “Travel Bug”

NOTE: Thanks to those of you that sent in work selfies! It was a bit of fun, and I hope the two quick-send “winners” enjoy their little prize.   There are plenty of things that people might expect me to be worried about in my job: terrorism, mechanical malfunctions, medical emergencies, annoying celebrities (just kidding!)….

Should Airlines Pay Taxes on Fees?

Finally! After more than a decade of doom and gloom for the airlines, 2014 has brought a change of wind for the industry, all-around, it would seem. For some weeks there was chat about the difference that baggage and change fees in particular seem to have made for their bottom line in 2013. More than $6 billion…

Our Flight Attendant Weighs in on Emotional Support Animals

Flyertalk’s Brian Cohen and I had a chat about his recent piece on emotional support animals. (Let’s just go ahead and call them ESAs, ok?) The topic had been on my list to write about for a while, and we thought a crew perspective might be an interesting addition to the debate. First let me…

Flight Attendants Taking Over Instagram

First there was T-bowing, then came owling and planking, but apparently the latest viral photo trend trend belongs to flight attendants. This is a story that surprises me more than anyone, but last week’s articles of “stew selfies” burning up Instagram popped up everywhere. On the one hand, my surprise is due to the fact…

MH370 May Prompt New Distress Tool for Cabin Crew

It won’t come as a huge surprise that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight #370 may result in some changes to some safety and tracking protocols. Unlike the way in which some were considered – then promptly forgotten – after AF447’s “disappearance” over the Atlantic in 2009, these changes are seeing some traction. First came the announcement by Immarsat…

Nope, We’re Really Not Paid for That

After reading your latest Crewed Talk and seeing this video, I’m (admittedly) completely clueless about exactly when Flight Crews are and are not paid. In the video the SWISS crew has a pre-flight briefing in a conference room which, so help me, they get paid to attend. What incentive is there otherwise? -AussieOzzie Thanks so much…

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…

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…

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…

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…