In our last post, we enumerated the 10 roles of a flight attendant inside the aircraft. Here, we now enumerate 10 roles which are not part of a cabin crew's duties nor obligations.
When cabin crew members slip into their uniforms and pin their wings, they are ready to play 10 roles inside the aircraft and you may not be aware of some of them. Your cabin crew are friendly and they do practice stress management a lot, which eventually develops their emotional quotient. Here, we present to you the 10 major roles your cabin crew play in which some of them you didn't know.
Your first few days as a new cabin crew is exciting as every. The thrill of flying to places you've only seen in books and social media, getting your first salary, working with different people, wearing your uniform, and stepping inside an aircraft, all contribute to your excitement as a newly winged flight attendant. As time goes by though, the excitement dies down and sometimes, you will always feel tired which may eventually lead to boredom. Guess what, you are near the point of burning out and you might need to consider to balance your flying and personal life.
Being a cabin crew has its own pros and cons, so as every job and career in the world. It is all about balancing everything to make a choice. We have spoken to numerous cabin crew and they share with us the advantages and disadvantages of being one. By the way people would post pictures of cabin crew members at work and during layovers, it seems like it is the perfect job. Getting paid to travel, seeing the world, free flights, and looking good. Behind all these, there are also cons in being a cabin crew.
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.
Contributed by FA Kimi Siao
It’s easy to say the life of a flight attendant is all about smiles and glam.Traveling may be our lifestyle, but I’d like to break it to you that not every expectation about this job is close to what you think. There may be happy fights, but we also go through bad ones as well. Behind the Red Lips is an open understanding of my readers to fully get to know the extent and other perspective among cabin crew/flight members. We may be the people you see who stay fierce but jolly in flight. But truth is, we do cope up with our feelings going through day-to day and having the added forget them during work. I would like to give importance of the ‘stress of flying’ a greater meaning.
As we say, "happy passengers + happy crew = happy flight". Though it doesn't take rocket science to deal with your cabin crew, here are some tips you may want to consider whenever you fly. Though some of these tips are related to one of our past blog entries entitled "What Makes a Flight Attendant Happy", this is more of do's and not-to-do's when dealing with your cabin crew.
One of the greatest misconceptions on flight attendants is that "their job is only about serving beef, chicken, coffee or tea", which we totally disagree and would want to change this. Serving you food and drinks is just a tenth of what the actual training consists. Much to your surprise also, the training program they go through is like one whole college term packed in just two to three months. If you think sleepless nights studying is only during college, then you are definitely wrong as those sleepless nights you have endured during college is nothing to what you will go through during flight attendant training. Your wings are not just pinned unto your uniforms, they are earned.
They are paid to travel. They work in different time zones. An aircraft environment is totally different from that of a regular office space. They deal with different personalities, they do routinary things most of the time unless there's some uncalled for situation. Brought by their lifestyle, we can say that a cabin crew is definitely a unique individual. What makes them unique though? Well we did run down a few of those characteristics and traits. Honestly, this is actually a just for fun post but for some or most, much of them are true.
This has long been an issue between airline passengers and cabin crew members. There are simply some passengers, despite being an abled person, would still have flight attendants lift and stow their very own hand carry luggage unto the overhead bins. Despite our numerous posts about this issue letting everyone know that it is not obligatory for a flight attendant to stow a passenger's luggage unto the overhead bin, there are simply some who will force the issue. It's just like that issue about the use of hazard lights during heavy downpour, despite many reminders from motoring experts that the use of hazards during heavy downpour may pose more danger and its completely useless, there are quite a number who will debate otherwise.
Call them strange but yes, there are requirements you need that may sound funny in order to be a cabin crew. These range from height requirements to BMI to personality requirements and more. To be a cabin crew is not about just serving coffee or tea. It's about being a well rounded individual who can deal with people, command respect, implement strict airline safety rules, and yet, be able to make every passenger feel comfortable and happy throughout their flight.
Contributed by FA Kimberly Siao
Let’s be real…The biggest struggle of traveling is not only the packing, check-in & ground, baggage concerns etc. but also trying to keep yourself comfortable in flight. A number of people try to surpass the fear of flying and mind you there are numerous ways to handle this stress. As they say ‘the airplane is your home in the sky’.
There are still quite a number of people who thinks that cabin crew members are "flying glorified waiters and waitresses" and we do really want to change this perception as being a cabin crew is never easy. It's not just about asking coffee or tea. It's always about safety and a small mistake can result to casualties during an emergency situation. Cabin crew aspirants go through months of intensive training and as some have even said, if they studied the way they did during cabin crew training, they would have already been valedictorians in college.
We have been reading stories and seeing many complaints of passengers against cabin crew members. More so, they do blame flight attendants for every unnecessary commotion on board. Things like “if the flight attendants did their job, then there would not have been this….” and things like that even if the situation is beyond the control of these cabin crew members. We have seen passengers treat these cabin crew members as their butlers, asking them to stow their bags on the overhead bins even if the passenger is physically fit to dead-lift a 100 pound barbel.
Some or perhaps, many passengers are not aware that there are many things they need to understand that flight attendants are not necessarily obliged to explain in detail. This blog entry is to inform you of things you need to know which your flight attendant need not or will not really tell you, so that you would understand why your flight attendants are doing this, asking you to do that, and why they won’t do such.