Do you have what it takes to become a flight attendant?

A Cathay Pacific flight attendant shows off her Cruising Attitude

Hi Heather, I read your book en route to a recent flight attendant interview with United, and I ‘landed’ the job! I will recommend your book to all the other recent hires in my upcoming training class. Thanks for the insight, inspiration and humor. I cannot wait to embark on this newest chapter of my life! Rebecca

This is by far one of my favorite letters from a reader to date.  Partly because I figure if you STILL want to become a flight attendant after you’ve finished reading my book, you’ve probably got what it takes.  It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, a lifestyle that 99% of people couldn’t handle.  If you understand what you’re getting into before you get called in for an  interview and can convey to an airline recruiter that you’re the right person for the job – ahem, the lifestyle! –  you’re only going to score more points.  That’s one reason why I wrote Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet . Another reason was to help my friends and family on the ground better understand why, after seventeen years, I STILL can’t make long terms plans and why I won’t be home for the holidays this year.  Yep, you read that correctly, after seventeen years I’m still on reserve, still working over the holidays – and I’m based at the most junior base in the system!  You sure you want this job?

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5 responses to “Do you have what it takes to become a flight attendant?

  1. Cheyenne

    I pulled an all nighter to read your book and want to be a flight attendant more than ever! Guess that’s a good sign, eh? :)

  2. Ana Blanco

    Heather, its true! If, after reading your book, this lady still wants to become a flight attendant, she probably has what it takes and she will be able to handle it!
    For the ones still thinking about, be sure that is not an exaggeration to say it is not a job, but a lifestyle! I used to work at hotels, and had direct contact with crew members for a few years before changing sides… One of the things I was soooo intrigue about was that I never (pretty sure it was never eveeer) heard any crew member saying the word “work”. Never heard “i have to work tonight”, they would always say “i have to fly tonight”. Its a simple word, but changes the phrase completely. Means that none of them ever took this as a job!! They were doing this because they like it.
    And honestly, that was what I wanted! To do something I could enjoy. Intrigued by it, I applied at an airline, got hired and now I laugh everytime I found myself saying “have to fly today”. Because I hardly ever hear a flight attendant calling this a job… And when I do, its for sure that it comes from a person that do this just to pay the bills and pay cheaper tickets, but is not enjoying it, not even a bit…. And I think you can agree with me Heather, if you just do it for the money and benefits and you dont like the job, you will really suffer from it. Being away from home, having to work on holidays and not being able to plan anything for next month until your schedule comes out, it can really be a pain in the ass and so stressfull! The word long term doesnt exist in a flight attendants vocabulary, we have no rutine, and making plans, well usually a last minute thing will happen and you may have to adjust those plans, dealing with family or friends complains who doesnt understand why you cant take next flight to come home if your flight is cancelled due to maintenance.
    But… ITS THE BEST LIFESTYLE EVER!!!!!
    Good luck to all the ones applying!!!!

  3. I will recommend this book to my friend that wants to be a flight attendant

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