Sarah Steegar

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The Superhero Powers Every Flight Attendant Needs to Have

Walking into an airplane galley and uttering, “Hulk smash!” has a special power for me. When work throws me a particularly trying day, there’s no better way to express what my “flight attendant face” is concealing in the aisle. Normally, that’s the most I ever think about superheroes at...

Crewed Talk: An "Undercover Report" Used Scare Tactics to Freak People Out About Crew Members "Bypassing" Security — Here's the Truth

I'm a little mad this week, and I'm not alone. Many a crew member got their hackles up after an ABC affiliate broadcast an "undercover report" about crew members "bypassing security" last Thursday, May 7.

Let me be clear: There's no conspiracy, people! What they're talking about in their...

Crewed Talk: The DOT Knows Cabins Are Cramped, But Will They Ever Do Anything About It? Maybe! Here's Why!

You know how in some sci-fi movies, when a ship is traveling for light years through space, the characters onboard go to sleep in a pod until they reach their destination? Well sometimes, when I'm working coach, I watch passengers board -- people elbowing each other for bin space and fretting...

Crewed Talk: IAM v. Delta Scandal — What Both Sides Are Saying & Why the DOJ Needs to Get Involved

Welcome back to an exploration of the IAM’s withdrawal of its application for a vote to represent Delta Air Lines’ flight attendants. If you haven’t followed so far, Crewed Talk first covered the withdrawal announcement here, and followed-up last week with an introduction on how the process...

Crewed Talk: Massive Fraud Suspected as IAM v. Delta Drama Deepens, But Who's Behind This Epic Whodunit?

I had a feeling last week's topic was just beginning... For those of you who need a quick refresher, last week I did an overview of the big news that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), who had been organizing a union drive to represent Delta Air Line’s...

Crewed Talk: What's the Deal with IAM Withdrawing Delta's Latest Union Drive?

"A strange turn" is how The Street described Monday's announcement that the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union was withdrawing its application for a vote to unionize Delta Air Lines' flight attendants. "Kind of unprecedented," is how I overheard someone else describe it. For...

Crewed Talk: How & Why It's Important to Keep Perspective After the Germanwings Tragedy

If, like me, you’ve been watching cable news or keeping up on Twitter religiously since the devastating crash of Germanwings flight 9525, you’ve probably noticed the fever of opinions on how to foolproof cockpits.

There is one way in which the Germanwings crash is just like every other plane...

Crewed Talk: Everything You Need to Know About Marrying a Flight Attendant

Dear Sarah: I am getting married to a flight attendant this summer. I’m just an average looking guy, and I hear so many rumors about flight attendants… that it gives me trust issues.

A couple days ago I received some questions from a nervous groom that began like this. I assure you, Mr. A, your...

Crewed Talk: Was the "Golden Age" of Flight Really That Great? Who's to Say We Aren't in a "Golden Age" Today?

Within the past month, we’ve celebrated International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of smoke-free aircraft cabins — and I can’t help but feel grateful that I am in the industry today. We all like to talk about the “Golden Age” of flying, that brief period of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but were...

Crewed Talk: Winter Came & It Sucks for Everyone, Including Flight Attendants

Hot mess express.”

That is the only way I know how to describe what working on an airplane is like right now. It’s a snarl of delays and cancellations, a description that doesn’t even do justice to what so many have dealt with this winter.

Sometimes I don’t know which season is tougher. Summer...