“All I want for Christmas is job security, being able to hold my first choice work schedule, two weeks vacation, a raise, longer layovers, more wide-body flying, faster flying times, grateful and polite passengers with a sense of humor, more ferry flights, a cockpit that appreciates who’s on the other side of the reinforced door, and a fun crew.”
That’s what my coworker and friend Florence wrote in 2009 when I asked my friends on Facebook what they’d like for Christmas. Amazingly not a lot has changed. That said, something tells me Florence STILL won’t be getting all that what she wanted — six years ago.
But there are still gifts for making her and other travelers a little happier on the road. So what can you get that special flight attendant, pilot or frequent flier in your life for Christmas this year? Here’s my 2015 holiday gift list.
Passengers assume flight attendants get to use the internet for free at 30,000 feet. Not true. (At least not at my airline.)
This is why so many of my coworkers have no idea how to help passengers log on. It also explains why a few of my coworkers who do know how to log on will share an account with another flight attendant. It’s not cheap, but it’s nice to be able to stay connected.
Gogo doesn’t offer gift cards, but you can purchase one for someone else using their email address.
Mophie is popular, but really any portable battery power charger will do. In fact I’ll take two, a back up for the back up — just in caseIn the galley there’s no place to charge a device, and the flights are usually full so we can’t use the outlets at passenger seats. We need to stay in touch with friends and family somehow.
Don’t let chilly weather stop your favorite flight attendant from texting.
Do you know how long we have to wait for the employee bus: the hotel shuttle? Sometimes it’s cold outside when we get lost in a new city and need to use our phone to pull up Google Maps.
Planes are cold, so give the gift that keeps travelers warm. And stylish. And feeling luxurious. All at the same time.
One of the favorite things in my closet is a Cashmere Hoodie. I wouldn’t mind a cashmere scarf with matching cashmere gloves. Cashmere everything.
Our lives are filled with 5AM departures, red eye flights, and 10 hour duty days. Caffeine, we need caffeine. Starbucks gift cards make fantastic gift for travelers. Along with a box of via instant coffee packages because nothing ruins my day more than not having enough time to wait in a long line to get a decent cup of coffee. I mean you’ve tasted the airplane coffee, right?
Two words: Cart toe. It’s what happens when you spend a big part of your life kicking carts.
Flight attendants go through shoes like business class passengers go through Heinekin. Throw in a few satin shoe bags to make it even better. What’s grosser than packing a pair of dirty shoes next to clean clothes?
When one of my classmates in flight attendant training asked an instrtuctor why we had to wear red lipstick, he said, “so passengers can read your lips during an emergency.”
Twenty years later I’m still unsure if he was kidding or not. What I do know is airlines love for their female flight crew to wear red lipstick, and passengers like to see attractive flight crew. It ain’t cheap being pretty.