Written by F/A Mayie Carballo
In connection to this person who recently coined the FA Job no-brainer and to support everyone concerned, especially, the parents who witnessed their sons and daughters hurdle to be in the Airline Industry....
Ex Crew, FAs, future FAs, Creators and Admins of Pages in connection with the flying career.... Most of all, to those not concerned, yet try hard to involve themselves in the industry they know not a single thing about.
When I was an FA, I never got affected with other people's wrong perception of the job. Even after deciding to keep my wings, though I still understand the sentiments of others when they're called what they're not supposed to be, I do not usually make posts about such things (I did once or twice, perhaps, this may be the third), however, as a Trainer and a Motivational Coach, I must say my piece. Just a gentle reminder from me, an Ex Crew, it is not right to be offended being called glorified maids (some, glorified waitresses) because it's like looking down on helpers and waitressess which should NOT be. Our jobs may vary thru place of work, salary we receive, job description, etc., however, at the end of the day, just like us, they also have decent jobs. We correct others because we are supposed to be called Flight Attendants/Cabin Crew and not anything else. Just that.
Now, for it to be identified as a no-brainer job, is another story. First, we pass thru a VERY DIFFICULT process just to get a job we so-so want, which I am almost sure the people saying that it is no-brainer, cannot even pass.
Next, once hired, we undergo a training, including almost daily written exams, daily recitations, emergency procedure drills, in-flight service, etc. Not to mention, we are/were away from our families.
Yes, not always a walk in the park, however, surviving the challenges is one of a kind. And, weighing between the not-so-positive and the positive... Well, hey, we travel to all the continents for free and paid so big to do this, meet people from all walks of life, learn a lot of new things, among many other blessings, and also, we have a great opportunity to continue a good life even outside the world of flying, until we decide to finally go back home. The beautiful side of having been a Flight Attendant lives on. To top it all off, more than heating passenger meals and serving tea & coffee, we will save you and your loved ones when you do not know what to do because we have been trained well.
May I ask anyone calling the job of a Flight Attendant/Cabin Crew no-brainer one of the simplest-sounding question, yet must be successfully executed the first time (no mistakes accepted), "How do you open an armed door in case of an emergency (to evacuate EVERYONE on-board in ONLY 90 SECONDS)?" Please don't use Google, Honey! Answer may be there, however, may not be understood just like that.
The best reaction to them who say that the job of a Flight Attendant is no-brainer?
Smile! Continue flying with heads up, present and future cabin crew!
We simply rock!