The life of a cabin crew is full of adventure, excitement, and thrill. It shapes your personality in a way you never thought any other job could ever have. A cabin crew is not just a flight attendant, but also a doctor, a firefighter, a nurse, and a hero who takes care of passengers at 40,000 ft in the air.
It helps you build relations with your near and dear ones and have so much fun under the sun with the new relations you make along the way. You start living a life of glamour, elegance and it teaches you to be humble with a sense of pride in you. Some even end up speaking all the world’s languages.
If you are a cabin crew you need to be confident, smart, have a personality and if you can speak languages is a plus to crack that interview. This job pays you really well to travel the world for free. It is a dream job. Yes! Doesn’t it excite you? Let’s run through what really is the life of a cabin crew through my eyes.
Pre-Flight Briefing and Beginning Of The Shift
A day’s shift for a cabin crew can be as long as 24 hours. It is long, but, it’s worth every yawn along the way!
The pre-flight briefing is always about checking if you are immaculately groomed which includes head to toe grooming. Followed by checking flight of departure and arrival times, destination and introducing each other, and allocating duties seniority wise. It also involves important briefs by the captain and the co-pilot and their introduction.
Many flights depart early morning, so typical days can start around 3 am or 4 am. Just like passengers, the crew arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure time, to prep the aircraft and attend the pre-flight briefing before any flight. Once all the passengers are on board, we prepare to take off, and once we are in the air, the services commence.
There’s an initial drink service for customers, followed by lunch. We then serve more drinks and hot snacks. And this is followed by a round of duty-free service, followed by the captain’s meal service. This can take anything up to 5 to 6 hours, sometimes, even more, depending on the destination to complete. And this is what usually a long-haul flight looks like. After this, the crew has a quick bite to eat and rest in shifts.
Once customers are full and satisfied they either take a nap, read a book, or continue their work. Later feeling refreshed and eager to get to our destination, we deliver breakfast/afternoon tea (depending on time zone) before landing. The job is done!
It’s Party Time!!!
We arrive at the hotel, shower, and change, then meet other crew members for dinner and drinks. If someone wishes to head out alone, they just explore the new place on their own and end up making new friends along the way. As we are always switching time zone, most of the crew like to stay awake until a reasonable time.
If we have a layover then we plan the next-day depending on which country or city, we are at. There are lots to see and explore. One can jump into local rides or metros, visit the local markets or night markets, shop their way through local bazaars, eat into the hustle and bustle of the streets trying some local food or drinks which certainly is very exciting. Shop for family and friends.
A person like me can spend hours in the local spa and salon feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Some find thrill in elephant rides or bungee jumping, visit the zoo or local museums, library or shrines. While some would just doze off at the beach and do nothing or bath into the pool of the 4 or 5-star hotel we stay at. A lot of crew collect stamps and magnets of every country they visited and make a journal.
Most of the crew also get together in the evenings and enjoy night outs. This is the most fun and exciting part of being a cabin crew as there are so many things you can do or explore once on a layover. It’s also always exciting to meet new people and cherish the memories later on in life.
Benefits Of Being A Cabin Crew
Some companies pay for your ticket and visa, as for my company they even gave me a bonus of 2000 Rials on my arrival. Accommodation and transport are also borne by the company. Some salaries are tax-free. You make allowance on the layovers. You can even get a meal allowance on layovers. After a year or two, you get promoted to business class and there’s an increment in the salaries. The higher you move in this career path the more money you earn.
We get benefits for family members on their tickets some companies even give buddy tickets. You also get discounts on duty-free products in-flight or at the airport. Free access to the crew lounge at the airport. Mostly Free internet and access to crew lounge at the hotel’s world over. Stay at the world’s best 4 or 5-star hotels. One additional family member sometimes even two can stay with you at the hotel free of cost. And also, few free drinks here and there. We also get to go home and visit family in longer day-offs depending on the rosters. This sums it all up.
This is what a life of cabin crew really is coming from an experienced cabin crew who misses the life lived and the countries visited, and the friends and acquaintances made along the way. And if given a chance would always get back to flying again. So if you think this is what you want to do and you have it in you to become cabin crew I’d say go for it. When you want something the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.