*You know the saying: Don’t get it twisted? Well that may as well be a flight attendant’s motto because their job requirements or what they actually do is so much more than asking if we’d like “coffee or tea?”
Business Insider decided to delve into exactly what it is that a Flight Attendant does, and put the word out to flight attendant’s everywhere for input. Approximately 60 flight attendant’s responded and the things they shared will blow your mind.
Talk about a position being UNDERESTIMATED!
First let me say, I looked everywhere to see what a “bomb stack” is…you know, the term I mentioned in the headline? It came from a direct quote one of the flight attendants sent in (See slide #8).
“Think of anything that could possibly happen anywhere — if it happens at 37,000 feet in the air, guess who is taking care of it? We do much more than hand out cokes, but unfortunately that is what the public sees, especially if they only fly domestically.”
“I know how to build a bomb stack, and if it came down to it, I could deliver your baby.”
“We are trained to protect the flight deck at all costs.”
From what I can tell (and I welcome comments on this from folks who know) it may be a shelter to protect if a nuclear bomb or something of a devastating nature occurs. What this would actually look like 37,000 feet up is both of our guesses?
But I found the responses from the flight attendants very informative, enlightening and most of all, interesting and thought you might too.
After all, you may have wanted (or may still have the desire) to be a flight attendant. I did one time.
In the event you do, here are some of the realities you can expect from the position.
OUR MAIN JOB IS SAFETY AND SECURITY
“There are about 300 rules we follow for this.”
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED
“We must maintain FAA qualifications yearly.”
IT’S ACTUALLY KIND OF LONELY AT TIMES
“We spend hours alone in hotels and airports.”
FLIGHT ATTENDANT TRAINING IS, HANDS DOWN, THE TOUGHEST JOB INTERVIEW YOU WILL EVER GO THROUGH
“We’re truly hard-trained safety experts on a plane to save your life, not just to serve you a tomato juice. The training is inexplicable, like childbirth. You can’t understand how hard it is until you experience it.”
ALL THAT TRAINING COMES IN HANDY
“Even though I’m not First-Aid or CPR certified, our training helped make me capable of saving a life in mid-air on two different occasions.”
I’ve barely touched the surface.
These people are nothing short of AMAZING! See more of what a flight attendant does by visiting Business Insider here.