Airline flight attendants get paid to travel the globe, experience a wide variety of cultures, and interact with people from all over the world. If you’re outgoing, adventurous, and friendly by nature, this might be the perfect career for you.
The right training gives you everything you need to succeed as an airline flight attendant, but there are some things that come best with experience in the industry. As you embark on your career, your instructors, peers, and even passengers will teach you things the average flyer doesn’t know.
Here are some fun facts and lessons learned by experienced airline flight attendants, to get your air travel career off to a flying start:
Planes Have a Hard Time Flying on Hot Days
Most people know planes can’t take off in extreme weather conditions like snow, rain, and wind storms. But did you know heatwaves impact air travel in similar ways?
“Hot air is less dense,” explains airline flight attendant Patrick Smith. He says this makes it harder for the plane to take off and climb. “The amount of passengers and cargo a plane can carry is often restricted when temps are very high.”
That’s why it’s not uncommon for professionals in flight attendant careers to work offloading passengers from planes on clear and comfortable summer days.
Babies Onboard? Most Airline Flight Attendants Sympathize with Parents
While it’s not a flight attendant’s duty to calm a screaming child, many do feel responsible for keeping the peace by offering parents as much help as possible.
“I view a flight attendant’s presence onboard not just for safety reasons,” explains flight attendant and blogger Matthew Klint, “but to win customers by providing caring, attentive, and compassionate service.” In his opinion, acknowledging the presence of a crying baby is part of this service.
“Sometimes any effort to silence a child will be futile, but at least the passengers would know that the airline made an effort to remedy the problem.”
Most Flights Are Carrying Human Organs
A little-known secret in air travel: many domestic flights here in North America are carrying human remains or human organs, stored below-wing by the airport’s baggage handlers.
The Canadian Transportation Agency doesn’t require airlines to have special permissions to carry human remains, so any flight can do the life-saving work of transporting human organic material for medical use, like urgent organ transplants.
And any passenger is also welcome to carry remains of cremated loved ones onboard in their carry-on luggage, if they clear it with airport security and customs before taking to the air.
Planes Have Safety Features Only Airline Flight Attendants Know About
A modern airline flight attendant must quickly learn the particular safety features of his or her airline’s cabins, many of which are unbeknownst to the average aircraft passenger.
For example, airplane lavatories do unlock from the outside.
“There is usually a lock mechanism concealed behind the no smoking badge on the door,” explains an anonymous American flight attendant. Trained air travel staff are permitted to, in cases of emergency, “just lift the flap up and slide the bolt to unlock.”
And commonplace aspects of flying also have unexpected safety elements, this flight attendant explains: “We dim the lights upon landing so that if passengers do need to make an emergency evacuation, their eyes are already adjusted to the outside light or darkness.”
Once you’ve earned your diploma, this inside information (along with much more) will help you do the important and rewarding work of helping people safely fly.
Are you interested in pursuing flight attendant school and starting your own air travel career?
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