My anxiety has been with me since takeoff thanks to Captain Ahab and his smugly menacing announcement that "it might get a little bumpy the next five minutes, so I suggest you remain in your seats and buckle up real tight."
There are dangers to not listening to the flight attendant; dangers to your safety, and the safety of other passengers as well as the crew. Some act as if the only reason a flight attendant enforces the rules is due to a need to feel superior.
This National Aviation Week, take a moment to glance up at the sky and reflect on the past, present and future of air travel and all those who make it possible.
Today's low-fare, hidden-fee air travel has turned once-courteous passengers into a short-fused mob determined to take out their frustrations on the hard-working men and women who just want to serve them a refreshing half-can of cola.
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If you want the best travel advice, you can't do much better than asking a flight attendant. After all, they've flown just about everywhere, stayed at hotels good and bad and eaten everything from fast food to the finest gourmet cuisine.
We can all tick off the things that drive us crazy on flights. Seats that don't recline (or the one in front of you that does). Armrest violators. Seat-kicking, sugar-addled kids. But if you think you've seen it all, your flight attendant has seen more -- much more -- and a dozen times over.
Being adventurous and being stupid is not the same thing. Have fun, travel and get lost in the world, but do it in a safe way. If possible have a travel companion. Make sure people know where you are, always carry a cell phone with you and read up on places before you go.
Ten ways to annoy your flight attendant? Wait! No! Scratch that! I'm a glass half full type of gal, a flight attendant and a mother! I can't possibly take that angle. We need to turn this around!
We don't know how much was in that account. We do know it barely amounted to pocket change for Cerberus, which stands to profit handsomely from the wind-down of World Airways and the sale of assets from a sister airline.
During Pan Am's fabled 64 years of operation, thousands of stories have emerged and, as I can attest to, Pan Am-er's still love telling them. I know I do.
I know, I know, it's their job to be nice; you're the customer, they're the employee. But if you're good to them, they'll be extra nice to you. So here's how to charm them.
The downside is that people who are snotty and obnoxious on the ground are also snotty and obnoxious in the air. Worse, once you are on the plane, you can't get away from them.
In the '40s and '50s marketing presented the flight attendant as a mother or wife. Twenty years later, they sexualized their flight attendants in order to appeal to businessmen, who still made up a majority of their customers.
There is nothing so quintessentially "crew life" as a crashpad. They make our commuting life possible. You hear flight attendants and pilots say it a lot: "Flying is a lifestyle." For better or for worse, nothing exemplifies that like these voluntary barracks.
What's the best way to annoy a flight attendant? What's the best way to get on a flight attendant's good side? We sat down with a flight attendant at a major passenger airline to learn what it's like being part of the cabin crew.