Behind all the glitz and glamour others see, a flight attendants job entails a lot of sacrifice and commitment. As safety professionals in the sky, their job entails flying their passengers from point A to point B safely in one piece. Yes travelling the world and being paid to travel is simply a benefit of the job, just like other jobs with high salaries. Behind all those benefits flight attendants receive is a job and lifestyle where even their own lives hang on the balance.
As we celebrate World Cabin Crew Day, we give you some facts which are unknown to many but we feel they have to be informed about these. A certain cabin crew named Shafid Shah posted this on his Instagram and we feel that all these are so spot on! So we now give you some unknown facts about your flight attendants as written by Shafid Shah (Instagram account @iamshafied).
Today is a special day for the reason why we exist, our cabin crew! Today, May 31, the world celebrates International Cabin Crew Day or World Flight Attendants Day! So of you are taking a flight today, please do greet your flight attendant a Happy Flight Attendant Day! This will make them happy as you recognize them for their efforts and dedication to ensure your safety when you fly.
Contributed by Mond Ortiz
Every flight attendant out there will tell you that their journey in earning their wings was never an easy one, in fact, some would describe it as going through a needle hole. Those who say that it is easy to become a flight attendant never experienced becoming one. It's just like taking driving lessons from someone who doesn't know how to drive. Airlines do have very high expectations from their flight attendants that there is no such thing as lowering their standards.
We have been attending cabin crew training, enjoying conversations with numerous flight attendants, and talking to cabin crew trainers and airline management about the job of being a cabin crew. We don't just research on Google and come up with our own conclusions, we really go to the source in order to provide you the most accurate information as much as possible, especially when it comes to educating people about cabin crew members.
During the past weeks and months, different flight attendants have been making the news for going the "extra mile" to serve and help the passengers. Just recently, a Philippine Airlines flight attendant named Gold Pareno became viral after she and another flight attendant named Danica Panganiban assisted a passenger give birth on board a flight from Dammam to Manila.
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An iceberg in the middle of an ocean may just look like a piece of ice. It is small and its size above the water is nothing compared to the size of a whole ship. Guess what, despite their size, ships do everything to get far from the floating piece of ice which is not even bigger than half of the ship. because in 1912, that small piece of ice brought down a whole ship, the RMS Titanic.
Jollibee is known for releasing viral short films about love, family, and acceptance as their content marketing strategy. One of these is a viral video entitled "Fight or Flight", basically a love story between a flight attendant and a passenger. The short film has gained 2.5 million views in just two weeks due to the love story involved in the scene that got many viewers "kilig", even flight attendants themselves.
When flight attendants say that they are tired and they would rather sleep, believe us, they mean it. Yes we do understand that all jobs are tiring at one point but that of a flight attendant is more than just being tired no matter how glamorous things may seem. It can be tiring both physically and emotionally and this is something we should understand why they say it is a sin to disrupt a flight attendant's sleep after a day's flying duty.
Let us start this article by stating Philippine Republic Act No. 9497, Chapter XI Sec. 81 clause 9 which says “Any person who, while on board an aircraft, interferes with a crewmember’s or flight attendant’s performance of their duties, assaults, intimidates, or threatens any crewmember or flight attendant, shall be subjected to imprisonment from one (1) year to three (3) years or a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (Php50,000.00) but not exceeding Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00), or both, as determined by the court;”
And why you have no right to stop or scold them for doing so, regardless if you are a frequent flyer or not.
The emergency exit door of every aircraft is a major and essential safety feature of an aircraft. It allows quicker evacuation incase of an unfortunate incident like a crash landing or fire on board. These emergency exit doors are located between the main doors of an aircraft, and during an immediate emergency evacuation, passengers seated beside them should be able to quickly open them right away.
Just because a flight attendant also ensures the comfort and good flying experience of passengers, it does not mean that they are supposed to follow each and every thing a passenger requests or asks for. It may mean comfort to the passenger but it may become a safety or security concern for the airline. Also, flight attendants are required to maintain a certain level of professionalism. Here are 2o things flight attendants are not obligated to do or even not allowed to do.
Many dream to be a Philippine Airlines flight attendant. We have asked quite a number of aspiring cabin crew what their first airline choice is and most said "Philippine Airlines". Reasons behind why being a PAL flight attendant is one of the most coveted jobs in the country are it's destination/network, being based in the Philippines, the prestige of flying the country's premier flag carrier, and of course, the benefits.
Just yesterday October 1, 2018, the world's only airline safety rating agency Airlineratings.com gave a 7-star rating to both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. This mean both airlines do practice safety standards to the highest level as being rated 7-star is the highest rating given by the agency. This also means that they passed the IOSA and ICAO audits, they never had a fatality during the last 10 years, they are not blacklisted by the EU, and they are recognized by the FAA.
Yes flight attendants are very open minded people. They see the world in a different perspective and there is simply so much we can learn from them about life. However, them being open minded doesn't necessarily equate to them accepting all types of "business proposals" or "business opportunity meetings". It simply means that being around with flight attendants may open your mind to new learnings.
Registered nurses are not only meant to work in hospitals and clinics, they are made to fly also! We are talking about flight attendants who are registered nurses or RNs! Looking at the profile of Filipino flight attendants around the world, many of them are actually RNs, and airlines do actually see them as huge assets! This is why when someone would ask us "can nurses be flight attendants", all we tell them is 101% a resounding yes!
Despite that many airlines accept individuals with at least 2 years in college to be cabin crew, there are plenty of highly educated flight attendants out there who have more than just graduated from college. They are degree holders and some are even national board passers like RNs or registered nurses! Some of them are even studying to take a Masters degree like an MBA while flying! Despite their educational attainment, why did they become cabin crew and not apply as a manager or Vice-President in a huge corporation?
Passenger safety is top priority inside an aircraft, and flight attendants are instructed by the airlines and international safety standard boards to carry out procedures to ensure the safety and security of passengers, whether we like it or not. Sad to say, some passengers do not see it this way. Some even scold flight attendants for carrying out these safety procedures and instructions, as though it is against their will to follow them.
Why Flight Attendants Check Your Boarding Pass And Why You Have No Right to Get Mad at Them for Doing So
Okay, so another issue was raised, and this is the issue of some passengers scolding flight attendants for merely asking them to present their boarding pass for checking. What??? Yes, some passengers would scold flight attendants when they are asked to present their boarding pass for checking. What again??? We actually wonder why they get mad when it is an airline standard procedure for valid reasons.
A typical airline passenger would see a flight attendant greet them, check if seatbelts are fastened, window shades are up, tray tables are stowed, seats are in upright position, serve meals, attend to other passenger needs, make landing checks, and carry out landing safety procedures. For some people alone, seeing this scene alone makes them claim that flight attendants are "just waiters in the sky". This is 100% absolutely wrong to be straightforward about it.
It is indeed one of the most coveted jobs in the world. During open days, thousands of aspiring cabin crew lines up regardless of the weather conditions in a quest to realize their dreams to be a flight attendant one day. This goes the same for Delta in the USA! Just recently, they announced that they will be hiring a thousand cabin crew this 2019 and many are surely excited for this.
Last August 1, news broke out that an Aeromexico Connect Embraer E-190 jet taking off from Durango heading to Mexico City, crashed during take-off. Luckily, all 99 passengers and 4 crew members survived the crash. The aircraft went up in flames and all passengers were evacuated immediately within less than 2 minutes! Yes, that's 99 passengers out a burning aircraft in less than 2 minutes!
Proof that Flight Attendants Are Not Obligated to Lift Passenger Luggage Unto the Overhead Stowage Bins Part II
First and foremost, it is not part of the duty of cabin crew members to lift passenger luggage unto the overhead compartments. They may however lend assistance to passengers with physical hindrances like PWDs, pregnant women, elderlies, or anyone with any physical hindrance in stowing their carry-on bags unto the overhead compartments. Some may still not be aware of this so to back up our statements, we decided to directly ask airlines if their cabin crew members are obligated to lift passenger carry-ons into the OSBs. Here are their answers:
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Many people still tends to make judgement based on what they only see with their naked eyes. Since they most of the time only see flight attendants serving food, welcoming passengers, doing safety demos, and attending to passenger needs on board, they get this quick conceived notion that cabin crew members are "flying waiters/waitresses" and "glorified maids". The only time the same passengers would realize the real worth of a flight attendant, sadly, are during accidents and an emergency situation, basically, situations where human lives are at risk.
When most thinks that the main job of the cabin crew is to serve "chicken or beef", it is absolutely not. We do understand that some people base this notion on what they see when they fly in an aircraft, especially that flight attendants do serve meals to passengers for them to enjoy a great and comfortable flying experience. They also attend to your needs right away because again, they want you to be comfortable, especially that you are actually flying at 40,000ft above the ground.