Cabin crew, looking good is not all they do.
On every flight the cabin crew takes care of the well being of the passengers, providing safety instructions, in-flight catering and taking care of in-flight product sale. The job of the flight attendants is one to be taken seriously as their main responsibilities are safety related. When a charming looking flight attendant is selling you a coffee 10 kilometers above the earth, one must realize that it took the attendant a long way to be able to serve you that coffee in the first place.
This has by far anything to do with coffee pouring skills, but the numerous trainings and qualifications an attendant must undergo to be allowed working in an aircraft. For example, did you know that to become a flight attendant it can take up to six months to complete the cabin crew course? The main focus of the training is safety. By international standards, in-flight crew must be required to deal with a wide range of emergencies. All are trained in first aid which may include a bleeding nose, illness, and small injuries. Also, the flight crew must know how to deal with intoxicated-, aggressive and anxiety stricken passengers. Emergency training includes, among numerous issues, rejected takeoffs and preparations before and survival skills after emergency landings. Think about all the things that can happen while being in the sky: fires, on board births and deaths, hijackings or loss of cabin pressure; the cabin crew has been trained and is qualified to handle these situations.
Besides the thorough safety training, the working hours in the sky can be long and irregularly, sometimes leaving very early in the morning and returning home late, if returning home at all the same day. It does not hurt to realize once in a while when you are sipping on your next in-flight coffee, a flight attendants job is not as easy as it looks.
Posted: 3 Sep 2011 07:12:00