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.
This is why as a cabin crew, you have to remain committed to your mission and responsibility as a safety custodian despite whatever happens. You have to be brave, strong, and dedicated. You have to always think that your priority are the lives of your passengers over your very own.
Due to this main responsibility, flight attendants train immensely, not only when they start, but they go through training every year to refresh them of their responsibilities. Since the lives of a hundred people are on their hands during emergencies, flight attendants have to always remain prepared and this is something also strange about this job and career. Flight attendants immensely prepare for something they pray will never happen. This is far from most career where we train for something we want to happen like win a basketball game or close that mega-sale! For flight attendants, it is the other way, and that is training for something they do not want to happen, or they train immensely for an emergency situation. Of course, no one would want to be in a situation where lives are at stake especially where you face great danger.
Sadly, this is something people do not see which we want others to know. A cabin crew's greatest wish is simple. It is to simply arrive at their destination safely. That is their prayer everyday and in every flight. More than the bonuses, and more than a promotion, their prayer is always to arrive at their destination safely and in one piece. It may be a simple wish to others but for these flight attendants, it is a blessing which they are forever thankful for.
As an aircraft takes off and land, flight attendants sit quitely on their jumpseats concentrating on the situation, preparing for any danger that may happen. This happens everyday and at every flight. Should their be an emergency situation, they would know what to do right away since every second counts. No matter how much they prayed for a safe flight, they still prepare for the worse, hence, every safe landing to them is a blessing and a gift from God. It is their answered prayer.
As I have always said and I shall repeat this favorite quote of mine, being a flight attendant is more than just a job or a career, it is a calling, a calling to save lives, even if they have to put their very own in great danger.