Four Things Your Cabin Crew Wouldn’t Tell You
You know they’re programmed to look prim proper all the time, to smile despite long travel hours, and to be pleasant even to cranky passengers, adults and kids alike. You also know they’re the first people to turn to when you encounter glitches during the flight, from luggage that you can’t seem to cram into the overhead compartment to seatbelts that won’t budge.
But what we know about our flight attendants, we only infer based on what we see.
Hannah Figurasin Cornelio, a 22-year old cabin crew for Irish airline Ryanair, lets you in on the life of a cabin crew – including things your flight attendant normally wouldn’t tell you.
- Flying is not every flight attendant’s first love.
It’s easy to assume that it’s every flight attendant’s dream to fly. As kids, we all grew up reading and watching JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, and the closest thing we could get to actual flying was to be aboard a plane. Surely, all cabin crew dreamt of flying since they were little kids, right?
Wrong. For Hannah, being a chef just like her mom was the dream. But she says that after flying to and from her mom’s country year after year, she started to develop a love for flying. She started to enjoy exploring, which she says has expanded her curiosity. Until later on, she started to daydream about how she would look like in a flight attendant’s uniform.
- Babies make their flights.
“Taking good care of passengers, especially babies, are incredible,” Hannah says. She admits that she never imagined that the sound of a baby’s crying would be such a welcome distraction, a welcome break from the sometimes deafening silence inside the plane.
- They often spend special days on their own.
The hardest part about being a flight attendant, Hannah says, is being miles away from their families. She has learned to come to terms with the fact that she would not be able to spend birthdays, Christmases, New Years, and other special occasions with her family.
When asked how she overcomes this, Hannah says: “I tell them to send me their pictures.” This way, she still feels like she’s still with them, despite being thousands of air miles away.
- It’s always a rollercoaster ride.
Plane rides share a lot in common with rollercoaster rides. They lift you high up in the air, they fill your lungs with excitement, and they both offer surprises.
Hannah says a regular day for her is always filled with excitement. But being a flight attendant is not a walk in the park. Before you can even become a cabin crew, you will encounter ups and downs. You will fail once, twice, and even more.
But Hannah says that if there’s one piece of advice she can give other women who also want to become a flight attendant, it’s this: “Do not give up. It will always be worth it! Wait until aircraft is your office.”