5 flight attendant myths shattered!

This originally appeared on Amazon’s blog: Kindle Daily Post

In her more than 15 years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. Here, she dispels the top five misconceptions about her profession:

1. A college degree is not required to become a flight attendant. But there are very few flight attendants who do not possess one. Being a flight attendant is considered a profession, not just a job. When Delta announced 1,000 openings in 2010, the airline received 100,000 applications. Only the most qualified are hired: being able to speak a second language helps, and so does having customer service experience.

2. Flight attendants are paid well. No one becomes a flight attendant for the money. The average salary for a first year flight attendant ranges between $14,000 and $18,000. Each year we get a standard raise across the board. Major carriers tap out around 13 years. This is one of many reasons why seniority at an airline is so important.

 3. Flight attendants barely work. Eighty five hours a month might sound pretty great, but those hours are flight hours only. Time during boarding spent cramming bags into bins and helping displaced families get seats together never shows up in our paychecks. The clock doesn’t start ticking until the plane backs away from the gate.


[Photo courtesy of partymonstrrrr]

One comment

  1. i love your blog,it helped me alot in sticking with my decision to become a flight attendant,i love everything about them,also i still remember my first flight,and the flight crew.

    i will graduate from high school next year,i’m planning to take a diploma in tourism and travel,and find a job to get customer service experience,and then work with emirate’s airline’s.

    as you said no one become’s flight attendant for the money,i’m becoming one because of my obsession in aviation.

    good luck on you life,
    have a great day.

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