This post was most recently updated on March 7th, 2020
This is what it’s like to be a flight attendant…I used to have a season pass to Disneyland. Occasionally, on a Friday night, friends and I would go to Disneyland just to ride one or two rides. We didn’t feel the need to cram everything into one day because we knew that we had passes and could come back the next day if we really wanted to.
In April I celebrated four years of being a flight attendant. For the past four years I have felt like I had a “season pass” to the world. I can go anywhere for barely any money. It has been a dream job.
Being a flight attendant helps me stay close to family
This amazing job has allowed me to meet each of my nieces and nephews within 24 hours of them being born.
It has allowed me to stay close to my family and see them frequently even though we don’t live in the same state.
It helps me explore new parts of the world
Being a flight attendant has allowed me to visit parts of the world that would have taken years to save up for.
Pros and Cons of being a flight attendant
Not everything about being a flight attendant is wonderful and rosy…I have days where passengers are rude, inappropriate and drive me crazy. Because I fly standby, my travel plans always have to be flexible and there are days when I can’t seem to make any flight. But I have found that a smile and a good attitude can make the difference in so many of these situations. (So can calling one of my sisters to vent really fast.) But even though some days are bad…occasionally I will have a passenger like this man…who reminds me that people are inherently good, and I continue on.
Ultimately, however, I love my job! I love being able to travel. I love that my parents get flying benefits because I’m a flight attendant.
You have to love people to be a flight attendant
And I do! I love learning about people and finding out why they are traveling. We all travel for different reasons — for a honeymoon, job interview, death in the family, a family vacation, to meet a loved one, for a change, a move…countless reasons. I love finding out the reason someone is traveling and celebrating or mourning with them. I love being a flight attendant and I hope that I make a difference in the lives of the people with whom I interact.
Guest post by Jenna Hansen
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know my friend, Jenna Hansen, just a little better. I was so pleased when she was willing to share her perspective of being a flight attendant. She has a great sense of adventure and really loves her family!