Going Beyond the Prim-and-Proper Cabin Crew Life
We always see them pretty or handsome, but most of the time, prim and proper. Beyond the beauty of these cabin crew lies a rigorous training and a commitment to serve passengers. Let’s take a look at the life of one flight attendant that underwent training in OMNI Aviation’s Cabin Crew Training School.
The Unspoken Dream Becomes Real
For Angelica Elias, a 24-year-old cabin crew at Cebu Pacific, being a flight attendant wasn’t her dream when she was a kid. “I just realized it when I was 20 years old. That was when I enrolled in OMNI Aviation’s Cabin Crew Training School,” she shared.
Elias enrolled in the school because she wanted to assess herself if the job she was aiming for would suit her. And it did. For her, the dream just got bigger and bigger.
“With a lot of mentoring from great people, I felt equipped enough when I applied in Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express. I didn’t make it. I felt devastate but I was comforted by the people whom I looked up to – my mentors,” she said.
Despite this huge setback, Angelica chose to stand up again. She gave her goal another shot. She applied in Cebu Pacific Air in November 2015.
To her surprise, Elias got hired. She made it possible, with the help of her mentors who believed in her. Her training, however, was no fun and games. But she made it. She now works as a cabin crew in Cebu Pacific.
A Hard yet Fulfilling Task
Passengers whine and complain about long flights. They can be exhausting, indeed. But imagine how these flights can be tiring by the cabin crew travelling while working up in the clouds.
Angelica admitted that it was hard. Breathing the same thin air with the passengers while tending to the needs of the people can be a struggle – but the 24-year-old still manages to enjoy it.
She recalls how medical emergencies on-board served as her unforgettable experiences. “So far, I had 3 [incidents]. I was the one who handled the situation, and everything went well. The training I had with OMNI and with Cebu Pacific proved to be very useful,” Elias shared.
Working as a flight attendant is no joke. It comes with a routine. For Angelica, she starts it by setting 2 to 3 alarms.
“I can’t afford to miss my duty,” she said.
After waking up, she goes straight to the shower then prepares her hair and sets her make-up.
“And then, I dress up. I usually drink coffee while preparing. If I have spare time, I would drink coffee once I’m all set. A little moment with a cup of coffee, after all, can help start my day right,” Angelica remarked.
When Setbacks Serve as Motivation
Dreams come with struggles. In this case, Angelica revealed the hardest part about her job.
“It’s being away from my family. Yes, I get to travel and see the world, but at the expense of doing so without my loved ones,” she said.
It may be hard, but this also serves as her motivation, saying, “With the right foundation, I stand tall and sturdy at any cost. Yes, I may be flying now but my feet will stay on the ground.”
A cabin crew is selfless. Angelica notes, “Every single day, in every take-off I make, I always pray. I pray that nothing bad happens. And in the case when something goes out of hand, I pray I can save my passengers, my co-crew, and myself.”
As she states, every landing is a risk but every successful landing is a blessing.