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.
This is not the first time flight attendants assisted a passenger give birth on board like in a Cebu Pacific flight where F/A Genebelle Quilo together with her colleagues helped a passenger give birth on board. Let us also not forget that time where PAL Express flight attendant Patrisha Organo breastfed a passenger's baby on board! How about that story where Philippine Airlines flight attendants Chet Encarnacion and Pamela Torre literally fed disabled passengers in two separate flights. Do you also remember the story where the Cebu Pacific cabin crew team lead by flight steward Ralph Perez with flight attendants Kat Chetandas and Lisha Licauco both helped revive a passenger who suffered a heart attack?
There are just a lot of similar stories about hero flight attendants but some are not published and some are. If we sum all these stories up, you will see a common among them, and that is the value of a flight attendant.
Flight attendants remind us of our soldiers.
Our soldiers primary duty is to protect the citizens against enemies, to defend a country and it's constitution. They go through a very gruelling training program for years to fulfill their primary role but war nowadays is not common, hence, they do other things like help communities, maintain peace and order, and to just be on guard against threats. Yet, we never say "it is easy to be a soldier because all they do is just to guard and fire guns when someone invades."
On the other hand, a flight attendant's primary duty is to ensure the safety and security of every passenger on board the aircraft. Providing comfort, care, great flying experience, and service are secondary. Unfortunate emergency situations are totally uncommon but flight attendants go through gruelling training to handle such situations. They are trained for first aide, rescuing passengers in water during a water landing, evacuating passengers an aircraft in less than 90 seconds, CPR, fire fighting, and other unfortunate situations. Despite all these, many people still do not see a flight attendant's real value and instead they just say "it's easy to be a flight attendant because all they do is safety demo and serve chicken and beef."
A cabin crew's primary job is to save lives during an emergency situation and all the aforementioned stories of flight attendant's going out of their way to help passengers in difficult situations are what they really trained for, and that alone is their value. It is priceless and no numberic value is enough when one's primary duty is to save lives, just like doctors, soldiers, nurses, fire fighters, policemen, and other jobs where people are ready to save others, and for some, even if their own precious lives are at risk.
The real value of a flight attendant is not seen when you are being served your inflight meals and doing safety demos, that's merely just a tenth of their real value. A cabin crew's real value is seen when they revive a passenger, when they help a passenger give birth to a healthy baby, when they give their own breastmilk to the baby of another passenger, when they feed passengers with disabilities, when they carry injured passengers off a burning aircraft in their backs and returning back to rescue more, and when they are the last to leave a burning aircraft to make sure all other lives are safe and away from danger. That's the value of a flight attendant, saving lives and bringing lives. That's what they trained hard for.
It is not everyday that we encounter such emergency or unfortunate situations on board and aircraft but when such moment arrives, your flight attendants are trained and prepared for that.
Indeed, a flight attendant's value is priceless because they save lives and they bring life, even if they have to pay with their own personal life.
That is the value of a flight attendant!