Love can be found anywhere, in the most unexpected places, and in the most unexpected time. Given the nature of their job, flight attendants are normally in the air, in different time zones, and in different parts of the world. Some people think "how can flight attendants have relationships given their job" or even "flight attendants normally have to choose between flying or love", but guess what, they can have both, at 30,000ft!
While quite a number of people are sold to the idea that it is not good to enter into a relationship with a co-worker or someone from the same industry, cabin crew couples have proven this thought wrong. In fact, they feel they have made the best decision by falling in love with their colleague from the same or different airline.
We have met a lot of present cabin crew who entered the airline with the hope of finding his or her better half in the airline. Free travels together indeed! Later on, they do find them, be it with fellow cabin crew members or flight deck crew. In an industry where every face is an attractive one, that one little spark can turn into a fire of love easily, but what makes it easier and faster for cabin crew members to fall in love with each other is the fact that they understand each other, even more than getting a chance to travel together.
Trust and understanding is very essential in a relationship. They make part of the solid foundation.
Aside from the free travel perks one may get as a cabin crew couple, trust and understanding are solidified between both. More understanding is built between both as they are each aware of the rigors and demands of the job as cabin crew members. As what flight attendant Jem Tinsay said in one of our interviews with her, "when one is outside the realm of the airline industry, he may develop different interpretations of the job". She continues in saying "if your partner is outside the realm, pwede mas misinterpret that you don't have time for each other". She also noted down that the schedule of a cabin crew is erratic, and may not fit in well with someone working from 9am to 5pm. Unlike if both are from the airline industry, you do understand the erratic schedules, you understand how tiring flying is, especially after a 'bad flight'.
Trust is also honed in a cabin crew relationship especially that the airline industry is small. Everyone almost know each other regardless of the airline.
We also noticed how cabin crew couples get to know each other deeper and faster brought by travelling and working together. For those couples in other airlines, they do their best to see each other in a common layover or outlying station just for the sake of seeing each other and touring a place together. Sharing stories about their respective flights is a chance for them to even learn and coach each other to be better cabin crew. For cabin crew couples, it is their time to bond and talk about a common interest which is their job. For some who may have experienced a heavy flight, having a partner from the same industry is a blessing as they know that their partner understands the reality of the airline industry and empathy is felt throughout their conversation.
Working together in the same airline is a chance for the couple to know each other even more as the character of a person can be seen by the way he or she works. No wonder many cabin crew couples from the same airline do their best to bid the same flights! Jem Tinsay also describes working together with your cabin crew partner as "not work at all". Things are lighter and yet when they work together, things are done beyond what is standard. Jem remembers this flight where she worked together with her flight steward boyfriend, Gab Espana. More than just working in the same flight, they shared the same trolley too during meal service. She shared that their service was faster and more efficient due to how they communicated with each other during the flight. Jem describes it as like there is this "metal telepathy" between her and her flight steward boyfriend which allowed them to work more efficient yet, delivering a service beyond standard as required by their airline, Philippine Airlines. Of course on board the aircraft, they are professionals and they have to maintain that professionalism throughout the flight especially in front of passengers and their colleagues, but being in a relationship did have its advantages in the workplace. We are pretty sure more cabin crew couples out there have experienced working with their partners in the same flight and that's one of the reasons why the foundation of a cabin crew couple is solidified and further planted.
To be in a relationship with a fellow cabin crew, or a cabin crew relationship, has been a relationship goal of many, and we do agree with them because more than just working together, you get to travel together and see the world. Travelling with someone you love deepens your relationship, and it allows you both to grow together that will even strengthen your bond.
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
Guess what, for cabin crew couples, it is not a matter of when they have enough money to travel together but more on just a matter of whether their bid request to fly together would be granted. They may travel every week to a different place, enjoy coffee in London, have lunch in Singapore, have dinner in Tokyo, and go watch a play in New York!
If you can't find love on the ground, try to find it in the air. Who knows, your forever might just be in one of your layovers, where unknowingly, you are already beginning to fall for that person just because you are able to bond and get to know each other in a different country.
Enjoy our video below about a flight attendant couple and hear their story why being in a relationship with a fellow colleague in the airline industry is a wonderful thing!
Happy Valentines day everyone!