Anything is and everything is possible for as long as we push forward, regardless of what challenges we may encounter. Sometimes, these challenges bring out the best in mankind. This is the story of John Philip "JP" Magtoto, an AirAsia flight steward and also the breadwinner of his family.
The quarantine period over in Metro Manila got everyone stuck at home, even for flight attendants since commercial flights were temporarily halted. However, some flight attendants found ways and means to do something productive which also helped them push forward amidst the quarantine situation.
The couple that works together stays together. Nicole Pastorfide and Vlad Nesas work for the PAL group where the former is assigned to PAL Express and the latter at Philippine Airlines. While they do not literally work together on the same aircraft, they however work together in their own business which they decided to put up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Walang kaarte-arte sa katawan pagdating sa construction works" shared her husband, Erwin Conrad Abueva. Meriam is a flight attendant of Philippine Airlines who is also a business minded individual. Prior to this pandemic, Meriam and her husband Erwin decided to put up a three-story apartment building.
Lockdowns did not only cause airlines to suspend operations, it also brought out the creativity in everyone. Almost all flight attendants were at home due to flight suspensions. Being at home all the time can get boring but for some, it was an opportunity to discover other means to make money in a time when income from flying is constricted.
This coronavirus pandemic has had its devastating effects but it did also bring out the best in every individual. Remember the Philippine Airlines flight steward who spearheaded the "Crewmeal for the Frontliners"? Yes we are talking about Archie Nino Osio. Well aside from going out his way to help the frontliners, he also did not forget to help his family and of course, himself, especially in a time when he barely flies.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on almost everything. One industry greatly affected is the airline industry where almost all airlines around the world had to suspend commercial operations due to countries and states closing their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. These left many airline cabin crew facing uncertainties.
The Filipino bayanihan spirit exists everywhere, even overseas. A group of Filipina flight attendants pulled out all the stops in order to help displaced Filipino workers in Riyadh as a result of the lockdown.
As it prepares for commercial flights on June 16, Etihad has launched its personal protective equipment (PPE) for their cabin crew. The 'CoviD-19 attire' fully designed to protect their flight attendants from the coronavirus, includes a full body gown, gloves, and face masks. We are still unsure if face shields are included.