Flight Attendant Moms and Dads, Check This Out.
Need some inspiration for your kids’ next party? Take a page out of Lynlee North Beckett’s book, ‘Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers.” Lynlee takes creativity to new heights with this sweet tribute to the legendary airline Pan Am to celebrate her Mom’s birthday, as well as her time working for the company which she remembers so fondly. Check it out here: lynnlee.com
Your Flight Crew understands the potential hazard turbulence can create in-flight for their passengers and fellow Crew members on every flight and as such ensuring passengers are safely belted in at all times is a primary task onboard, even when it appears to be unnecessary. On Monday, five people including a Flight Attendant, were injured when United Airlines Flight 1676 experienced an unexpected and severe turbulence event on at 34,000 feet. Currently, the injured Flight Attendant is recovering from her injuries but remains in critical condition and we wish her well in her recovery. Please keep her, and the other injured passengers in your thoughts and prayers. And please remember to keep your seatbelt fastened at all times the next time you fly. It’s the best way to ensure your flight will be both enjoyable and safe.
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Ho, Ho, Ho, It's Airport Bingo.
Give the folks at Tripcase.com some credit because they're working hard over there to keep you from tripping out over airport delays this holiday travel season. Whether you're an Air Crew member or passenger, you will undoubtedly experience a bit of turbulence this year as you wing your way to your Holiday destination. Whatever travel inconvenience you face this season, you'll most likely have extra time on your hands between grabbing your ginormous peppermint mocha and hanging out waiting for your flight. That's where Airport Bingo for Holiday Travel comes in. Take a moment to chill out here: Tripcase Airport Bingo.
When It Comes To Shoes, Flight Attendants
Deserve All The Support The Can Get.
Flight Attendants put in long days that keep them on their feet much of the time. It's no mystery that this is tough on the body especially one's feet. The airline I worked for did not issue 'uniform' shoes just specifications to keep your soles compliant with company standards and for females these were: black, plain and a heel no higher than two inches. Sounds simple enough but try to find shoes fitting this description that are both comfortable and not something your 80 year-old Aunt Betty would wear. Not easy.
Given this conundrum, many FAs resort to wearing the best version of 'uniform' shoes they can find. Unfortunately this doesn't always result in a shoe that's good for their feet or the polished and professional image their airline would like them to project. Depending on how militant your airline is about adherence to uniform standards, any deviation like heels that are too high, can get you cited for non-compliance. This of course is ridiculous if your company doesn't issue their FAs shoes to wear with their uniform and instead leaves their Inflight Ambassadors to search high and low for what they'll put on their hard working feet. In 2011, Virgin Atlantic reinstituted their famous red pumps for Flight Attendants which have non-slip heels and are designed to be comfortable. Bravo. Other airlines would be wise to follow suit. For all the mileage Flight Attendants put on their feet they definitely deserve the support.
A Promotional Tie-in That
Takes Us Into Virgin Territory.
This commercial may be a few years old but it's a another example of Virgin Atlantic's characteristically first class and provocative promotion strategy: keep it fun and flighty (see the airline's recent production of their safety demo here.) Whether or not this spot was responsible for landing any bookings for the Best Western hotel chain or the airline we'll never know, but at least we get a good giggle for a minute and a half of our time.
Travel during the holiday season can sometimes feel less than joy-filled. Weather snarls air traffic, passengers board with big coats and big luggage often turning the struggle for overhead space in to a territorial juggernaut and airline employees, particularly Flight Attendants, are on the front line every day during this busy season working to create a positive in-flight experience for all. Enter this extraordinary display of holiday cheer by Air Baltic airlines. Take a moment out of your busy day to watch this video and lift your Holiday spirit!
Which of These Will Fly With
American Airlines Employees?
With the merger of two legacy airlines (American Airlines and US Airways) come myriad changes within the newly formed company as integration of the carriers gets underway. One of the first items on the new American's checklist is the repainting of its recently acquired fleet of 620 US Airways and US Airways Express aircraft. In an astute perhaps even magnanimous effort to include all employees in this most visible manifestation of the airlines' merger, management has invited employees to vote for the look they prefer on its fleet by noon US central time on January 2, 2014.
In addressing employees about this forthcoming change and their collective say in it, CEO Doug Parker said, “I have yet to find a customer who based their purchase decision on the exterior design of the airplane.” True enough. But by opening this vote to employees, Mr. Parker apparently understands that the exterior look of the fleet does matter to many of the thousands of employees, above and below the wing, who keep American Airlines in the air around the globe every day. This is a good thing. While American's newly merged workforce may not have had much say on the merger overall, with the ability to vote on how their airplanes will be painted employees can get a word in on what their airline will look like as new American takes off.
Virgin Atantic's New Demo Dance
Will Have Passengers Dancing in the Aisle.
Getting passengers to pay attention to the on-board safety demonstration is a challenge for every Inflight Crew. Here, Virgin Atlantic tries a new tactic: safety information disguised as entertainment. Let's hope it works in getting more passengers to look, and listen-up.
Veteran Flight Attendant, Avril Taylor, has been working for American Airlines for 29 years. Find out here what she thinks about the merger, the industry, and coping with the ups and downs of the airline industry.
Save Time: Know What Security
Requirements Are At Your Airport.
The My TSA mobile application provides airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information on any mobile device. Save time and money by getting helpful tips to prepare for security before getting to the airport, including knowing what items can and can’t go through security in checked or carry-on baggage.
Flight Attendants, prepare for departure. Cross-check, verify straps, stand by for all-call. Do you hear this announcement when it's made by a Flight Attendant on-board your flights?
As a passenger, you're probably flipping through channels on your seat-back monitor, or digging through your carry-on, or looking out the window, or pulling your bag down from the overhead for the third time, or talking to your travel/seat-mate(s), or getting up to use the lav, or working, or playing Words With Friends on your computer, or still talking on your phone when this announcement is made. Flight Attendants understand that their passengers aren't generally aware of the above announcement because they are otherwise occupied, but here's why they'd like you to start listening for it. This announcement is both a cue to Flight Attendants and a heads-up to passengers that the first phase of the flight has begun. This means a few things.
First, once the 'Arming' announcement is made Flight Attendants assigned to a boarding door stop whatever they're doing and arm their doors. Arming the doors ensures the doors are closed and locked and the evacuation slides are set to deploy should they be needed. Once doors are armed and cross-checked the Lead Flight Attendant initiates an 'All-Call' to ensure this duty has been performed.
see FAR 91.3 and FAR 121.533). Additionally, the Flight Crew including the Pursur/Lead Flight Attendant and up to 16 other Flight Attendants (depending on the size of the aircraft) operating the flight are in-charge of the Cabin (see FAR 121.317 (k) and FAR 121.580). In fact, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has given your Crew final authority over everything on-board the aircraft while they are operating the flight.
With this mind, it's at this time Flight Attendants will move through the cabin to ensure passenger seat-belts are fastened, tray tables are up and locked, carry-on baggage is stowed, exit rows are clear, and portable electronic devices are off. It usually takes several requests by Flight Attendants to get this handled with passengers and it is at this time when the aircraft begins to push-back off the gate and the Inflight Crew moves in to their assigned Safety Demonstration positions,
Flight Attendants know that despite the recent aviation-related accidents that have been in the news, the odds of an average American losing their life in a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million, but they are still required to perform on-board safety duties that require passengers to do all those inconvenient things like turning off computers, and cell phones. Oddly, some passengers often become agitated when asked to comply with safety-related requests in preparation for take-off. As a Flight Attendant, I was regularly ignored by passengers who refused to return their seat-backs to the upright position and/or return their tray tables to the locked position, or get their bags under the seat in front of them, or clear the exit row floor of carry-on items. In other words, every request made of the passengers is for their safety in the unlikely event of an emergency and Flight Attendants take these duties seriously. Here are a few reasons why:
• When your seat is reclined it impedes movement during an evacuation for the passengers sitting in the row behind you.
• When your tray table is down, it's going to injure you, or your child, or your grandma if the aircraft is suddenly stopped at higher speed as during taxi, or high-speed during take-off. And back to egress, it impedes it if passengers need to exit the aircraft in a hurry.
• Turbulence isn't always anticipated by the pilots so there won't necessarily be a warning before the aircraft bumps or jolts in-flight. Fasten your seat-belt, when asked by a Flight Attendant, and always while seated.
• Imagine tripping over bags on the floor in your row, or the exit row, as you attempt to evacuate an aircraft via the over-wing exits. Enough said.
see FAR 91.21.) Not surprisingly, I have been regularly cross-examined by passengers who 'know for a fact' that computers and cell phones don't interfere with flight deck avionics and just want to hear someone admit it. Actually, there is evidence that operating personal electronic devices in-flight has the potential to be problematic.
According to AERO* magazine, which is written to provide supplemental technical information about Boeing- and Douglas-designed airplanes, "Electromagnetic interference (EMI) from passenger-carried portable electronic devices (PED) on commercial airplanes has been reported as being responsible for anomalous events during flight. The operation of PEDs produces uncontrolled electromagnetic emissions that could interfere with airplane systems."
Along with potentially causing interference if not failure of an aircraft's electronic systems, (and why would your airline want to risk that?) cell phones and other devices need to be stowed when required. It is at push-back when Flight Attendants are completing their FAA-required pre-flight safety duties and as such, require your full attention once the main cabin door is closed and the jetway is pulled back off the aircraft.
Why all the rules your Flight Attendants are determined to enforce? Because your safety as a passenger is in their hands, and if your Crew needs to get you off the aircraft fast, they want your full attention on them so that your are listening to their emergency commands and not talking to your V.P. of Sales, or your Boo, or Tweeting how much you hate the airline because you're being made to turn off your cell phone, or getting one more word in with your friends. Your Flight Attendants want you safe. That's really all there is to it.
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The passengers aboard Penninsula Airlines, Flight 2549 are in for quite a ride.
Flight Attendants So Bad They're Good,
And Really Funny.
For a Flight Attendant, keeping one's sense of humor intact as you work your second fake four-day built around back to back red-eyes can be daunting. Just the thought of your exhaustion, aching feet and back combined with yet another aircraft full of oddly demanding passengers can make you want to lock yourself in the Lav for the duration of the flight.
It is exactly at this overwrought moment where this trailer for the new Pedro Almodovar comedy, I'm So Excited, seems to pick up. Zany and irreverent, with plenty of FAR busting in the trailer alone this movie looks like it could be just the ticket the next time you're flying the couch or enjoying some ridiculously unproductive 3 1/2-hour sit-time.
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Are Your Uniform and In-flight Shoes
A Pain In the Neck?
Flight Attendants are on their feet a lot, often in shoes that are not the least bit comfortable and do little to support their feet. Add the swelling effect of cabin pressurization on the entire body during flight and long Duty days and the net effect is much discomfort, often pain, and perhaps even corrective foot surgery down the line.
Aside from ensuring the shoes you wear with your uniform are compliant with your airline's uniform standard they must fit well, and be comfortable for all your long haul days (see Be A Well-Heeled Flight Attendant). Of course, this would seem obvious but many Flight Attendants often sacrifice comfort for fashion and end up doing irreparable damage to their feet, and their backs (in combination with all the walking, lifting, and pushing of beverage carts they do over the many years of their careers) as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes. Both female and male FAs must be on a continual quest to discover products that support the health of their feet, so take a look at Foot Petals, detailed in the above video. These cushions, pads, and inserts help alleviate the pain and discomfort that are the inevitable side effects of a high-flying career. Take it from me two foot surgeries later, the sooner you stop winging it with your foot health, the longer your feet will give you the support you and your Inflight career require.
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Let's Fly Away.
As anyone who has worked as a Flight Attendant in this
century can attest, the movie, Come Fly With Me, depicts a
time in airline history when layovers were days not hours long, and one actually had time to explore beautiful cities like London, Paris, and Rome on a layover instead of sleeping through them.
Despite this break with reality, you'll enjoy this airy 1963 movie comedy about three beautiful international 'Hostesses' looking for and finding romance, excitement, and a husband as they jet-set around the globe. Hit play, fasten your seat belt, pull down your window shade and enjoy this flighty look at in-flight fun.
Lose Something On Your Last Flight?
Let Tile Find It Fast.
The fast pace of a Flight Attendant's day means that one functions on the fly as one quite literally runs from flight to flight during a work day often leaving behind personal, and duty items in one's haste to keep moving. As an Inflight Supervisor, I spent a good amount of time in support of my Flight Attendants retrieving and delivering everything from lunch bags, shoes, artwork, Manuals and even a breast pump for a new Mom to her outbound flight.
If you've ever found yourself in a panic at your outbound flight hoping to find someone willing to run to your gate to deliver something you left behind on the last aircraft you worked, here's a new application worth checking out. Tile, actually provides a slim square 'tile' you attach to anything you might lose and then tracks the item via the application should you misplace it. For more information on how to keep track of your important items at work, or at home, visit their website at The Tile App.
Flight Attendants Are Trained To Serve You Snacks, and Save Your Life.“Then I heard, ‘Evacuate!’” Lee said, speaking matter-of-factly in Korean. “After that, we followed our training, and began yelling ‘Emergency evacuation!’ and proceeded to evacuate the plane.”
Read more about Flight Attendant, Lee Yoon-hye, and her Crew's successful efforts to save the lives of the passengers onboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, here.
Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant, Kelly Kincaid,
Keeps the Job In Perspective.
Kelly loves her job flying the skies for a living, but her real passion is cartooning. Visit Kelly's comic, Jetlagged. She does a great job getting you to laugh at the nightmare aspects of the job so many people still dream about getting. Kelly posts new comics on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Fun, Useful Gear For Your Flight Bag.
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