The entrepreneurial bug had indeed bitten them. Being paid to travel, these cabin crew members are able to see new opportunities and trends to open or to expand their existing businesses. Meet 10 cabin crew members who are also successful entrepreneurs at the same time. During offs, they spend time in their businesses, some expanding and some trying out new innovations they must have discovered in other countries.
Why Airlines Do Not Oblige Their Cabin Crew to Lift Passenger Luggage Unto the Overhead Stowage Bins
There are still some passengers who keep forcing the issue that it is part of a cabin crew's duty to lift the passenger luggage unto the overhead stowage bins. For the nth time, it has never been part of a cabin crew's duty to stow passenger luggage up the overhead bins. Cabin crew members are obliged to just lend assistance to passengers in need of help in stowing the luggage, that means, it is both the passenger and the cabin crew who lifts it, with most of the responsibility on the passenger. These passengers are usually PWDs, pregnant women, injured passengers, senior citizens, and those who simply cannot reach the OSBs.
During the 1950s to 1970s, flying was only for the rich and famous. It was a luxury and only the chosen few with huge pockets were able to enjoy. Today, the advent of low-cost carriers had made flying possible for everyone. From the rich to the not so rich, from the educated to the uneducated, almost everyone can fly nowadays. This means, flight attendants will have to deal with different personalities everyday.
Sallie Ledesma was a flight attendant for a Philippine based carrier before transfering to an international airline, basically Qatar Airways. Here, she compares the difference between being or domestic cabin crew against that of an international one. She also shared her experience when she was applying as a cabin crew.
They say flying is one of the safest yet most dangerous means of travel. Due to past lessons, aircraft manufacturers and airlines have taken safety seriously to the last detail. Almost all types of emergency situation and crashes have been simulated and aircraft are tested to their limits, yet, air accidents still do happen wherein some people have lost their lives. Other than the aircraft and the pilots flying them, it is the cabin crew who are at the forefront of assuring the safety and comfort for the passengers.
The latest batch of PAL Express cabin crew that earned their wings is batch 99. Just like any cabin crew, they had to undergo two months of grueling training which eventually moulded them as Philippine Airlines cabin crew, a 4-star airline, and as individuals. From the time Philippine Airlines and PAL Express launched it's "get that star" campaign with the end goal of being rated a 5-star airline by 2020, their cabin crew all had to undergo a more stringent and holistic training program.
There is nothing wrong of asking questions or making requests from your cabin crew during your flight, but of course, we can't expect them to address each and every of your concern. Some of those things you may ask may also be far beyond their scope of work or concern that it may need a different department to answer them. There may also be some questions you may ask that they would gladly answer you in complete detail.
Did you know that it usually takes more than 4 hours just to get prepared for a flight? Add also the travel time from home to the airline office where each flight attendant signs in. Being a cabin crew may seem like an easy job if you will just look at things like a tip of an iceberg floating in the vast sea, but in reality, there are tremendous amounts of things to do before every flight.