By: Mond Ortiz
Today, May 31, we celebrate International Flight Attendant Day, a day where we recognize all our airline cabin crew for their dedication and efforts to ensure the safety and security of every passenger. However, today, we do not just celebrate the career of being an airline cabin crew, but we give them tribute as our frontliners in the sky in the middle of this pandemic.
You want to be a flight attendant, yes? Not to discourage you but the process to earn your wings is a tedious one and you definitely need a lot of preparation for it. To begin with, the recruitment process is tough by itself. Usually, less than 10% of the total candidates who apply make it through.
Today May 16 or May 15 in the United States, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of flight attendant service after Ellen Church took to the skies as the world's very first air stewardess on board a fixed wing aircraft, a Boeing 80A. While "World Flight Attendant Day" is celebrated sometime May 29, today celebrates 90 years of the cabin crew.
The time of the "new normal" has already begun for airlines. While Philippine Airlines continues to carry out repatriation and sweeper flights, they too are readying themselves for the re-opening of regular commercial flights once all travel restrictions have been lifted. As such, flight attendants are currently undergoing a process which will ready them for the "new normal" in terms of inflight services.
By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Things will no longer be the same after this CoviD-19 crisis. A lot will change, a lot, even the manner we fly and our protocols. There will indeed be a "new normal" for flight attendants in the Philippines, a new norm which is more adaptive to any situation and crisis, and a new norm to further protect the health of everyone.