If you’re wondering whether the life of a flight attendant is an exciting one, what with all that travel and the associated glamour, you’re about to find out. My name’s Paul Flanagan from Brighton, England. I’m 26 and single, love my football and darts, a pint with the lads and my mother and father and two younger sisters Liz and Jodie. We all still live at home although, with my lifestyle, I am rarely there.
I work for EasyJet, which is the biggest airline in Great Britain, I believe. Nearly every flight we have is international because it isn’t far to any of the European countries. A lot of people spend time on the internet with FareCompare and Skyscanner, but a call to EasyJet or a booking with us online will get you the cheapest fare going. I know Ryanair is our main competitor. I’ve been working here for about 18 months now, and it certainly is a great job.
Flights to Europe are pretty good but of all the countries I enjoy a stopover in most of all is Spain. If you get the chance, you can hit a beach. Life depends on your roster. The stay in a city can be as short as 8 hours and as long as 72 hours. If you are constantly going to a certain place, you tend to make a few friends there when you are out clubbing.
There are some nice perks as a flight attendant or employee of an airline. We get 90% off the ticket price when we travel. Accommodation and transport are free when we are working, but you can also get some good deals when you decide to go on holidays. Add those discounts to the airfare and you can holiday anywhere in the world.
The Body Clock
I find adjusting to the different hours and at times the different time zones, depending on where we are going. Your body clock can be a bit of a mess, so if you get a break at home, a lot of time might be spent sleeping. Most of us cabin crew keep pretty fit, and we eat healthy foods as often as possible. Drinking lots of water during long flights is a must. You need to stay hydrated.
Cabin Crew V Passengers
Passengers have a hard time at airports having to check in, immigration, clear security then stow their baggage and find their seat. It’s a lot different for us. We arrive at the airport and can walk straight through all these areas as we are crew. It’s a nice feeling, but I can sympathise with the normal passengers trying to get on their flights. Then there is the inevitable flight delay. That one unfortunately, affects all of us.
What do we do to stay entertained during a flight? Well, thanks to you guys, the passengers, we are never short of a funny story, a weird request or some very odd behaviour. We retell these tales time and again amongst our fellow cabin crews. Thanks to the passengers, flights never really get boring!