This review originally appeared in The Beach Reporter (by Annie Lubinsky)
This month, “Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet” appeared in bookstores, and it also made a couple of appearances on the New York Times best sellers list.
Probably because everyone can relate to travel, airplanes and flight attendants, whether they love them or hate them.
“People love to share the bad experiences,” Poole said. “The good stories are great and I have a million of them, but people love to hear the bad stories.”
In her 15 years as a flight attendant, Poole has dealt with passengers who got naked, drunk or disoriented from sleeping pills. She’s worked with crew members who were kind, cruel or quirky. Throughout “Cruising Attitude,” Poole keeps her sense of humor in the forefront as she describes the intense training flight attendants go through, reassures readers about turbulence and reveals truths about how flight crews spend their off-duty hours – it’s not the party people think it is.
“From my blog, I was just shocked at how many people were commenting with the same questions and misconceptions and funny ideas they had about flight attendants,” Poole said, “and how many blog posts can I write addressing the same question? So I thought I’d just write a book and correct all the things people have wrong and the funny ideas people have about us, and show it how it is.”
As she was writing her book and Tweeting about it, followers asked her if she was going to bash passengers.
“If I bash passengers, who’s going to read my book?” she said. “I wanted to make it as light and fun as I could, because I want passengers to like it. And the other thing was being true to flight attendants. I don’t want to come off syrupy sweet, like I’m the perfect flight attendant. I also break, mess up, spill drinks, get tired and frustrated after six days of work, so I wanted to be true to them and give people a better understanding of what our lives are like.”
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...