9 safety tips for new flight attendants (and solo travelers)

rsz_1rsz_1rsz_img_09131. “The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin De Becker, should be required reading for all men and women, especially for those of us who travel, particularly for women who travel alone. I’ve recommended this book to more flight attendants and passengers than anything thing else over the years. It’s saved my life more than once.

2. Skip the first floor. They’re easier to break into. That’s why you’ll never find a flight attendant below the second floor in a hotel. There’s a reason for that. It’s in our hotel contract.

3. Leave the lights and television on when you’re not in the room. Put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. It gives the appearance that someone is occupying the room, so no one will break in.

4. Stay Healthy: Never leave home without a small antibacterial spray. A mini bottle of vodka works just as well. Hit up the remote, the light switches, doorknobs and taps. You don’t want to get sick while you’re stuck at a less than desirable layover hotel.

5. Walk with intent. Walk down the street like you have a place to be, like you know where you’re going and need to get there quickly. Do that and people will leave you alone.

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5 responses to “9 safety tips for new flight attendants (and solo travelers)

  1. When leaving your hotel room, say good bye to make believe people in the room and say you will see them shortly. For anyone in the hallway, they will have the impression someone else is in the room :-)

  2. 100% true. I can say this because I am a flight attendant.

  3. Nice tip very helpful indeed. Walk with intent is cool. People will actually find you that you’re not a tourist.

  4. You mean pretend like you are a local person. there. right.?

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