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Could this be a flight attendant crash pad?

Parked on a street in New York…

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Book Review: Miss New York Has Everything!

Only a flight attendant knows an international layover doesn’t equate to happiness.  And only an ex flight attendant who is now an author can make “flying international” sound truly miserable.  Published in 2006, Miss New York Has Everything proves not a lot has changed over the years as far as flying is concerned.  The book starts off slow, but quickly picks up as soon as Lori Jakiela moves to New York to begin her flying career.  But that doesn’t happen until halfway through the book. For that I give it 4 stars instead of 5. Based on the cover artwork, this LOOKS like a flight attendant book, so those who purchase it might be disappointed to learn that even though Lori was a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier, this book isn’t JUST about flying. It’s about a woman from a small town who has a big dream. She wants to become a writer. At the age of 45 she decides to go for it by becoming a flight attendant and moving to New York. New York, of course, is where dreams come true. I loved reading about her life in Queens. Because like most new hires who get based in New York, that’s where most of us end up.  Lori is funny, but in a dark and depressing kind of way.  Although I really enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t recommend it to just anyone. Writers will relate to her struggle. Flight attendants will relate to how lonely and miserable the author feels at times. Women may be inspired by how she never gave up the dream, regardless of the path she took to reach it.

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Be glad you’re not a NY based flight attendant schlepping your bags through the snow today!

Photo of Kew Gardens courtesy of my roommate who is not working today, but got stuck in NY anyway.  Eventually she’ll make it home.  I think.

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Photo of the day: Flight attendant standing in the snow at JFK airport

In all my years of flying out of New York, I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.  The gigantic snow pile took up three regional jet gates at JFK airport today.  The flight attendant standing in the snow is over 6 feet tall in heels!  And she hopes to make it back to Cincinnati tonight…  Yeah, right.   

Photo courtesy of @SawaJane

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A flight attendant Christmas story

My roommate & I working on Christmas Eve

I graduated from flight attendant training on the 8th of December in 1995. Two weeks later, on Christmas Eve, my roommate and I were called out to work a trip – together. The crew scheduling God’s must have been smiling down on us that day because it’s not often a flight attendant gets to work with their roommate who also happens to be their best friend on reserve. Although we were scheduled to layover in Buffalo, or maybe it was Albany (I can’t remember), we knew we were lucky. By the way, that’s us in the photograph.

What I remember most is glancing out the window and seeing rooftops and – Oh. My. God! – we were seconds from landing and I still had first class meal trays out in the cabin! I ran like crazy to collect everything and lock it up in the galley before we touched ground, barely making it to my jump seat in time. The Captain never made the prepare for landing PA, even though he swore he did when I called him on it later, which is why I had no idea how close we were to landing. As if that weren’t stressful enough for a new-hire, things went from bad to worse (at least in my head it did) real quick.

As we taxied to the gate, I began to make an announcement, you know the one. “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to….to….to -” Oh no…where the heck are we?! For the life of me I could not remember. My brain was shot after having flown to so many cities in just two weeks on the job. With my heart pounding like crazy, I frantically searched my pockets for the flight itinerary

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Photo of the day: American Airlines announces its new route from Times Square with service to Grand Central, with 200 daily departures

Photo courtesy of Eric Hodgson

Caption courtesy of www.Minimus.biz

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VIDEO: Brickheadz breakdancing in New York at La Guardia Airport

FYI:  “Youtubing” IS a verb – and if it’s not it should be! 

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