Contributed by FA Lea Audrey Laano
They say being a flight attendant is glamorous. You get to travel anywhere for free and you earn quite a good living. Its almost everybody's dream but its not all glitz and glamour. Joining Miss Philippines Earth was a life changer for me.
Recently, I posted about going through one of the roughest moments of my life before I joined the pageant and how the competition helped me realize a lot of things, personal and career wise. I remember during one of the preliminary rounds, I was asked about how being a flight attendant has helped me grow as a person and what are the advantages and disadvantages, one co-candidate even asked me what is the growth aspect in my career.
They have always been curious about our profession probably because not everyone has the privilege to be given a rare opportunity to experience the so-called #crewlife. Not everybody is at praise with what we do, nevertheless, I was happy to be asked these questions because I was given a chance to come into defense in behalf of all my fellow angels of the sky who are discriminated with our kind of profession.
I told them that behind the glamorous demeanor, being a flight attendant is a humbling profession. Yes we get to travel for free, yes we earn a good living but not everybody can be suitable for the job not because of physical aspects but because one of the main requirements that you need to have is A HEART FOR SERVICE. When I was asked what are the disadvantages that my profession have, I told them straight up that there are times that we experience discrimination and to some, we are just glamorous waiters or servants in which I told them, "what's wrong with that, if we are?" It is a decent job after all but at the same time, I wanted to tell them that WE ARE MORE THAN THAT. We are not just airheads asking countless of times what meal choice they want. We went through all the rigorous training and exams that even surprised me as passing mark is 90%!
We are men and women with substance. We are safety professionals who are trained to handle any emergency situations 40,000 feet above the ground with the number 1 priority of transporting passengers safely to their desired destination.
What growth do we have from our profession? It is the growth of being mature as a person and being humble, serving people of different statuses, from business class to economy, treating them all equally. We grow because we develope an open mind through the different cultures that we learn and interact with everyday. And lastly, it is through our travel experiences that we get to grow wholistically regardless of which destination we may be in.
We are flight attendants. We are safety professionals. We are angels of the sky and we are proud of who we are.