Inside the Mind of a Flight Attendant


A little about me. My name is Sarah and I’ll be here every Tuesday, chatting about airline life and adding a perspective on aviation topics from inside the cabin.

I’m a 15-year flight attendant with a major carrier. Nope, I won’t ever tell you which. Mostly, it’s just irrelevant. Airline life is remarkably consistent everywhere you go. I do love asking other flight attendants – especially foreign ones – about the details of their “set up.” It’s always interesting to hear about any differences, but better uniforms, shorter layovers, more exotic destinations, less flexibility…it all comes out in the wash.  The only thing I’ve really learned is that it’s a whole lifestyle choice (even if we don’t realize how true that is when we start), and it generally looks the same everywhere you go.

The “other” reason I won’t tell you is because of the usual cliché disclaimer – “my opinions are mine and mine alone.” It’s boring but it has to be said. I never claim, desire or intend to speak for any airline in any capacity whatsoever, nor do they want me to. Quite frankly, that’s how you want it too – if you want me to say anything good!

So what’s my angle on airline life? I believe in keeping the glamorous dream alive! It is possible. You just “gotta use flight attending, or it’ll use you.” And I still love the job so it must be working. What you’ll find here is a column that admits that a lot of things about flight attending are a serious drag (pun not intended, but pleasing). But so are a lot of things about your job…probably. Right? Please don’t tell me if I’m wrong.

I just make sure to “work the perks” like living where I want. Like most flight staff I commute by plane. It so happens I chose London (yes, the one in England!), while my base is New York. This matters to you because – aside from telling you I’m a “bit” headstrong – it keeps me from forgetting what it’s like to be trapped in those seats for a long time with a uniform standing over you, even if I’m lucky enough to get the “big seats” now and then.

Meanwhile, I married a guy that’s terrified to fly. Not just white-knuckled, need-a-drink kind of scared but a full on, “I’m at the gate but can’t get on the plane” sort (that time it took four days to get him on). Honestly, I just told you that because I think it’s funny.

So on that note, I hope we have some fun here. Don’t be shy. I’m ready for your questions, stories or plain old airline curiosity. Believe it or not I still love talking to passengers. So let’s get started…

Comments (Showing 18 of 18)

  • capacutec at 10:00pm January 29, 2013

    I like the idea of this blog. This is going to be some good fresh content. I am curious to know, what do FAs like and dislike about passengers?

  • pdsales at 10:19pm January 29, 2013

    If you are an active duty FA you have to know that one of flyertalk’s many readers will recognize you in flight sooner rather than later and comment online, or your employer will read this blog. Are you sure you want to put your job in jeopardy?

  • hmilgrom at 10:39pm January 29, 2013

    I can’t wait to read what she has to say about us flyers……LOL

  • DLroads at 10:43pm January 29, 2013

    SO, how often do you go through the re-certification for safety features, evacuations, etc.?
    Ever had to evacuate the plane in an emergency?
    Oh, and with a husband who is terrified of flying, how do you use the travel benefits?

  • dhuey at 12:44am January 30, 2013

    pdsales, my guess is that this is a stock photo, not a picture of Sarah.

    I look forward to reading your stories, Sarah.

  • BRITFLYER at 1:02am January 30, 2013

    I have to agree with dhuey. While I am Sarah has weathered the years of air travel much better than I, if she is truely the lady in the picture she started as an FA at the age of 15 to have managed 15 years of flying. 🙂

  • dhuey at 1:48am January 30, 2013

    I agree, BRITFLYER. Plus, the lighting is too good to be an ordinary photograph.

  • shopper711 at 2:56am January 30, 2013

    Welcome! I am looking forward to learn about your perspective as FA.

  • mapu at 3:04am January 30, 2013

    Welcome and thanks for sharing your insights!

  • apodo77 at 3:09am January 30, 2013

    All you have to do is google her name and photos galore pull up. She has a travel blog site.

  • apodo77 at 3:11am January 30, 2013

    Meant to add. Assuming they are the same person which seems to be likely on a cursory search.
    Looking forward to the insight.

  • silverforumsurf at 3:17am January 30, 2013

    Lol I thought it was obvious that it’s a stock photo!

  • dhuey at 4:38am January 30, 2013

    apodo77, when I Google the name, a whole bunch of different Sarah Steegars pull up. I don’t doubt that with enough time and effort one could figure it out, but you’d have to be semi-stalkerish to do that.

  • jammanxc at 4:55am January 30, 2013

    She works for Delta Airlines- I’ve seen her before

  • Cathay Boy at 5:25am January 30, 2013

    I really don’t think that’s her actual picture, she can’t be that gullible if she’s a 15-year vet.

    My question, do you hate children/infant on the plane as some people on FlyerTalk seem to hate them and actually want to proposed laws to ban their travel on the planes?

  • apodo77 at 6:06am January 30, 2013

    dhuey…all I did was google her name she has posted above and her travel blog, facebook, and linked in profile pulled up as the first 3 of 4 links.

    I promise I will not be flying across the Atlantic to stalk anyone. It took me all of 0.33 seconds of stalker time per google:

    About 6,270 results (0.33 seconds)

  • kburges at 3:38pm January 30, 2013

    check out her website

  • Wayfur at 9:36pm January 31, 2013

    I work with Sarah and you all are in for a treat!

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