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.
There is still no solid written history as to how World Flight Attendant day started but it said that the patron saint of flight attendants, Bona of Pisa, celebrates her feast day on May 29. Bona of Pisa was a third member of the third order of Augustinian nuns and she was the one who helped lead travellers on pilgrimages. So maybe there is a connection of the May 31 date to the feast day of the patron saint of cabin crew members.
So what else do we do on this date?
We remember and recognize all the efforts and dedication of our cabin crew that had ensured the safety and security of travellers in getting from point A to point B. Despite them not being able to join their own families during special holidays or occassions, they make it a point that their passengers don't miss these occassions. Moreso, we remember those flight attendants who have sacrificed their lives or placed their very own at great danger during emergency situations.
Let us also not forget those cabin crew who went beyond their call of duty to serve passengers facing dire situations where resources at 40,000ft above are scarce.
Last but not least, let us give due recognition to all our cabin crew for enduring such tremendous training, years of preparation, and for some, multiple hurdles just for them to turn their cabin crew childhood dream into a reality. Indeed, they trained so hard for a situation they pray would never happen.
Always remember that behind every family from different countries reunited, behind the story of one who successfully graduated abroad, and behind every Filipino OFW who was able to return home to see their children, are dedicated flight attendants who ensured that each would arrive in one piece comfortably.
A Happy International Cabin Crew Day to all our dear flight attendants and stewards. Thank you also for being the reason of our existence.