The first thing I thought when I heard about the new flight attendant show called Fly Girls was, why didn’t they ask me! Not that I really want to be on a reality show. It’s just…well…it would have been kind of nice to have been asked.
The second thing I thought was, I wonder if any of the “fly girls” are guys? Because guys do fly, and that Virgin America flight attendant over there, the one donning the inflatable yellow life vest, is lookin pretty fly to me. I’m just saying…
The third thing I thought was, oh no. Because whenever flight attendants are in the spotlight it’s rarely a good thing. People seem to have a love hate relationship with flight attendants. Actually, it’s more of a love to hate type of relationship. Don’t believe me? Just go and read a few of the comments the Galley Gossip post flight attendant pet peeve #1, answer please! generated.
Just last week I read about Dave Vontesmar, a flight attendant who drives over 30 miles from his home in Phoenix to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport while wearing a monkey mask. He does this in order to illegally pass through the photo-enforcement gantlet on Interstate 17. Vontesmar truly believes the DPS is required to identify the driver of the vehicle, not just the vehicle, so he’s fairly confident he won’t have to pay the fines that the monkey mask wearer, whoever that may be, accumulated for 37 violations, an amount that could easily rack up to over $6,500.
Of course the first thing I thought when I read that story was, what if passengers wore monkey masks on board our planes? Would they, too, be exempt from following the rules. Of course this only reminded me of the time I actually had a monkey on board my flight. She sat in business class and was one of the most well behaved passengers I’ve ever met. But that’s another story.
This story is about Flight attendants and how we, flight attendants, already have a bad rap. Not that some of us don’t deserve it, because Dave and his monkey mask are a big part of the problem. I’m just saying, do we really need a reality show that could possibly make us look even worse? Because you know there will be drama. You know there will be sex. And you know this show is going to be a huge hit! Don’t believe me? One of the executive producers is Colin Nash. Name doesn’t ring a bell? Perhaps you’ve heard of one of his other shows, The Hills?
Here’s what Mike Bruno of EW.com had to say about the show…
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