After long flying hours of breathing dry air and working with hundreds of passengers per leg, a flight attendant's job is indeed a tiring one, especially if they might have encountered an uncommon situation on board. It would be nice for an airline office to always welcome back their cabin crew after their flights and perhaps, one way is to have a pet dog or cat ready to welcome and bid farewell to the flight attendants. We hope airlines may consider this.
Having a dog to greet flight attendants is nothing new though. Way back 2012, Cebu Pacific people adopted this stray dog who was wandering around their office. They named him "Pulgas Gokongwei". To anyone, Pulgas Gokongwei is an Aspin or "Asong Pinoy" but some say he is a mix of a Labrador. Nevertheless, Pulgas never became hostile to the arriving crew, in fact, he was very friendly and he was always happy to greet the crew.
He was very well loved by the crew and people of Cebu Pacific, always wagging his tail. He even had his own Cebu Pacific ID placed on his collar. Some of the crew even had personalized gift items for Pulgas. To this day, the Cebu Pacific people who encountered Pulgas miss him a lot.
In South Korea, one of their local airlines adopted a dog named Dony. In a viral video (posted below), Dony never failed to greet the arriving and departing cabin crew at their office. Well, female cabin crew that is! You could really see that the cabin crew would carry Dony and would play with him.
We feel that having a pet dog or cat in the airline office to greet arriving cabin crew may be a great way for them to destress after a hard day's work. For flight attendats leaving for their flights seeing this fur creatures may help brighten up their mood further! Only thing is that of course, they have to be very well trained and taken cared of. They have to be fed well and trained properly to let go of their dirt in the proper placesing and to be around different people every day.
For many, pets are very therapeutic in bringing happiness and joy around. Though we do also know that some are allergic to dogs and cats, generally, having one would really brighten up the day of people around.
Just imagine the feeling of stepping down your shuttle at your airline office after how many hours and legs of fly and you are greeted by a dog wagging his tail happy to all see you back. Or maybe a cat rubbing her back on you to say "welcome back".
Then again, safety and security are paramount in the airline industry so this would depend on the airlines on how they should do this if they intend to have a pet or if it would work for them, regardless if the pet is adopted or purchased.
For now though, we just feel that it may be a great idea but everything would still depend on your airline and its policies. If they decide to, we hope they would adopt a pet, especially those stray dogs and cats looking for love and care from people.