By: Mond Ortiz
Just recently, a Korean Air flight attendant was confirmed positive with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). She did not fly to and from China, but flew routes to and from Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. This clearly shows the exposure of flight attendants to the dreaded disease. Flight attendants are indeed the most exposed to the passengers, being and facing them for more hours in an enclosed cabin.
The Reality of being a Flight Attendant: They Prepare Immensely for Something they Pray will Never Happen
They face the tip of a sword everyday with a smile. Despite all the glamour and the perks, flight attendants actually face one reality, and that is during an emergency situation, they are to evacuate all passengers to safety before saving themselves in the face of danger. So just imagine what they face if they have to carry an injured or disabled passenger on their back out the aircraft, and rush back in the wreckage to rescue more.
Written by Mond Ortiz
We have all heard the saying "live everyday like it is your last day in the world." It is sometimes a hard truth to accept but this is indeed the reality of our mortal lives here in this world. We all have our own time and hour to return to the Kingdom of our Creator, which no one knows when except for God. Yesterday, our admin received a private message on our inbox.
Let us accept the fact that many are still unaware about the job and life of a cabin crew. How do we know? It is pretty much obvious with the questions they ask some cabin crew members. So here, we ask some of our flight attendants what are the most common questions their relatives or friends ask after learning that they are a cabin crew. We enumerate the most common ones here.
Allow us to start with a quote by our very own Mond Ortiz:
"To be a flight attendant is not for the weak. It is for brave souls, the type who were designed to be heroes, the type who are ready to dedicate their lives for others."
Every April 9, the Philippines celebrates "Araw ng Kagitingan" or "Day of Valor". It is a day where we remember and commemorate the the heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers during the fall of Bataan to the Japanese during World War II. Despite their surrender, we celebrate the bravery and fearlessness of these soldiers in the face of defeat. It is a day where we celebrate gallantry and heroism.
When Flight Attendants Get 'Schooled' by People Who Have Minimal Knowledge about the Airline and Aviation Industry
Have you ever been 'lectured' about driving by someone who does not know how to drive? Or maybe having a basketball coach who never even plays basketball? Or maybe being 'schooled' by someone about sales who never even closed a single sale by his own in his entire life? Well flight attendants experience similar incidents a lot of times, when people who have minimal knowledge or even never worked as a flight attendant or in the commercial aviation industry, sort of 'lectures' the cabin crew about their duties and responsibilities.
Written by Mond Ortiz
An iceberg in the middle of an ocean may just look like a piece of ice. It is small and its size above the water is nothing compared to the size of a whole ship. Guess what, despite their size, ships do everything to get far from the floating piece of ice which is not even bigger than half of the ship. because in 1912, that small piece of ice brought down a whole ship, the RMS Titanic.
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to our very first post of 2019! Flight attendants are usually ready to spend Christmas or New Year in the sky. They are lucky if they get to spend it at home from the very first day they even applied, they were made aware that there is a huge chance that they may not be able to spend their holidays with their own families.
Written and contributed by Mayie Carballo
In a little over a day, the most wonderful time of the year shall come. Today, I had a quick chat with a friend flying to Honolulu. I said “Boarding na haha Merry Christmas!” His reply was “haha Nang inggit ang nasa lupa (land)! Merry Christmas, Mayie! Enjoy the holidays!” Sent him back a message “Ay mejjjjj namimiss ko na nga sa ulap (cloud) haha May mga VIPs ka pa on-board haha You, too, have fun. Happy Holidays!”
Christmas is a very much celebrated season in the Philippines. It is a time of reunions where family members in other countries return to their motherland, the Philippines, to celebrate Noche Buena. Christmas in the Philippines is known to be the longest celebrated Christmas in the world, where everything begins once the "Ber" months kick-in. For our flight attendants, it is a season they do look forward to also, to spend time with their families.
Jollibee is known for releasing viral short films about love, family, and acceptance as their content marketing strategy. One of these is a viral video entitled "Fight or Flight", basically a love story between a flight attendant and a passenger. The short film has gained 2.5 million views in just two weeks due to the love story involved in the scene that got many viewers "kilig", even flight attendants themselves.
When flight attendants say that they are tired and they would rather sleep, believe us, they mean it. Yes we do understand that all jobs are tiring at one point but that of a flight attendant is more than just being tired no matter how glamorous things may seem. It can be tiring both physically and emotionally and this is something we should understand why they say it is a sin to disrupt a flight attendant's sleep after a day's flying duty.
A flight attendant cannot live without his or her smartphone, period. Everything is basically there from their social networks to screw scheduling and to many other apps that make their lives easier.But what is basically in a flight attendant's smartphone? We did a survey with Philippine based flight attendants and to sum things up, here are the most common apps on a flight attendant's smartphone that are a must.
Just recently, a Delta flight attendant named KaeLeigh Marie-Cecilia wrote a long message to all cabin crew particularly those facing depression, and other emotional challenges. As you see, crewlife is not all glamorous as many thinks. Behind all those Instagram and Facebook photos of flight attendants is something we do not know, and that is their true emotions as of that moment.
It sometimes runs in the family! When one becomes a cabin crew, the other one follows! This is where they are more than just united in wings, they are united in blood as well! Sisters, siblings, moms and sons, dad and daughters, brothers, aunties and niece, who are all cabin crew from the same or different airline. Time to check our choices of the top 10 sibling family for the month of August!
Please tag your sibling or family member if you have this as your #siblinggoal or #familygoal
A typical airline passenger would see a flight attendant greet them, check if seatbelts are fastened, window shades are up, tray tables are stowed, seats are in upright position, serve meals, attend to other passenger needs, make landing checks, and carry out landing safety procedures. For some people alone, seeing this scene alone makes them claim that flight attendants are "just waiters in the sky". This is 100% absolutely wrong to be straightforward about it.
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The airline industry is definitely one big 'showbiz'. Tsismis, otherwise known as 'gossip' in English, is very rampant in our industry, and I am quite talking about the airline industry as a whole, and not just one in particular. Whether you like it or not, anyone can be a victim to this phenomenon, whether you are a flight attendant or not. I have been flying for more than 6 years and I myself were both a victim and a starter of tsismis.
Written and contributed by F/A Kimberly Siao
The classic and famous quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” by Confucius hangs on the office walls as a visual reminder before I head out for a flight. I couldn’t agree more. We are all entitled to work. Basically that’s the rule of life. Do you every wonder what it takes for a cabin crew to stay on a high-risk job? How about those questions like “Do you get any rest?” or “How can you manage to keep all passengers safe and sane in flight?” Not to mention, the iconic “Aren’t you afraid of your job?” Trust me, I get this a lot.
It became a nightmare at the NAIA last August 17 after a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the runway. Massive flight cancellations, huge delays, irate passengers, and concerns over the 157 passengers and 8 crew members aboard the Xiamen Air jet that skidded off runway 06/24. Here is a look into the life of a few cabin crew members whose flights were affected.
Contributed and written by F/A Mary Beth Benitez
Being a flight attendant and a mother to a 4-year old toddler is quite difficult…difficult in the sense that my daughter’s understanding of my work which mostly take much of my time away from her, is still vague. When she was born, I thought of ways to make her understand that my job entails that I need to be away from her for several days as it is necessary for me to earn a living so I could provide for her daily needs.