Darker side to cabin crew


What much of the public sees in the crew lifestyle is adventurous individuals constantly surrounded by others either in airports or planes, in layover cities along with a group of colleagues or travelling on their own time on the privilege of leisure travel.

What they don’t see is that being surrounded by people all day means we crave time without anybody poking at us, asking us for something or just generally being no more than a centimetre away at all times.

That’s from an article about the darker side of being an air hostess/steward. I’ll agree that it sounds like a pretty glamorous job - being able to travel, meet new people and generally be on the move, but at the same time the air accidents over the past couple of years make me think that it probably wouldn’t be a job that I would want.

The possibility of a crash may be lower than being hit by a car as I cross the road, but somehow being in a falling plane/falling from the sky seems worse somehow. You know what they say, falling wakes you up - is that because it’s terrifying?

To be honest, at one point in my life I was interested in it anyway and looked it up but I seem to recall from somewhere that I wouldn’t have been tall enough anyway. That point was only emphasised when I needed my brother’s help to open and put stuff in/take stuff out of the overhead compartments when as a family we went to Hong Kong in 2012. I simply couldn’t reach the locker, meanwhile the hostesses and stewards need to be able to reach up and close everything before departure as well as reach in to fetch various things at intervals.

Nonetheless, I will still admire their journeys and their glamorous looks. An air hostess/steward always looks so immaculate and well dressed - their makeup excellent, clothes tidy with elegant heels and perfect tights. I’m sure it must also be difficult to maintain that kind of appearance - especially on a long flight when everyone else is falling asleep but the air hostesses still appear busy, but boy they do it well.