10 Ways Becoming A Flight Attendant Changed My Life
by Marsha Marks
- Relaxing in 4 star hotels, with drivers on call.
Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant, I had a good job in middle
management, with a large US Corporation, with lots of travel.
But, I never relaxed when I traveled. Instead I had to attend
meetings, and every minute of the day was scheduled. Imagine,
my surprise, when I realized -- as a Flight Attendant, once we
get to the hotels – our time is our own. Rooms, transportation
and food is all paid for, and we have pre-scheduled drivers who
pick us up on time and get us back to the airport the next day!
They even drive us to shopping if we want. When I settle into a
4 star hotel, now, I take a bubble bath, order room service, and
read -- something I never have time to do at home! (And would
never do, if I were not a Flight Attendant.)
- Parties that only Flight Attendants are invited to.
Before I became a Flight Attendant, I was trying to meet Mr.
Right, but couldn’t seem to find him among the dross that
everyone had to sift through to find a true Gem. Then I became
a Flight Attendant and on my first night of Flight Attendant
Training, I was invited to a party, (happening the next weekend)
for Fight Attendants and Aerospace Engineers. There I met the
man of my dreams, educated, intelligent, gainfully employed and
incredibly handsome, and oh so grateful to be meeting and dating
a Flight Attendant. We were married a year and a half later!
- Able to pursue my second career – with time and energy left
The whole time I was in the corporate world, I would get up at
6AM to get ready and drive an hour to my work, and then work 8
hours and drive an hour home. I was exhausted. I only got 2 or
3 weeks vacation a year! I had no time to pursue what I really
wanted – writing the great American Novel. But, shortly after
becoming a Flight Attendant, I found I had tons of days off
every month. Lots of months, I only worked 9 days! So, I had
time to pursue my “dream career” of being a writer. In 2002, I
became the first Flight Attendant ever to sign a three-book deal
with a division of the largest publisher in the world. Many of
my fellow Flight attendants are Nurses, Lawyers, Teachers, and
Real Estate professionals, - all career’s they can pursue, on
their days off.
- Meeting and networking with the rich and influential.
When my husband and I were trying to sell a condo in LA and
living in Seattle, we flew down to LA to check on our property.
Of course we flew Space Available. And of course, the space
most often available was in First Class. So, we sat next to the
rich and influential, and met people who asked us if we could
use what they couldn’t…like box seats to pro-games they weren’t
going to be able to attend. Tickets to the symphony, - they
wouldn’t be able to make the night in question. And invitations
to top “benefactor” parties, where we met Senators, and
congressmen, and CEO’s. Believe me, this would not have
happened, if I had never become a Flight Attendant.
I always thought I’d grow up to be Miss America. It would just
happen, I thought by write In ballot. But, it turns out, you
actually have to compete for these titles, and I never did.
When I told all this to my fellow wing sister, she said, “If
you can’t be Miss America, and you can’t be a model, then you
become a Flight Attendant.” And the glamour is there by
- Instant membership in a most elite sorority.
My Wing Sister, Melanie, (who now is a real estate mogul) tells
of the time she was engaged to a Physician. They attended an
exclusive black tie dinner party. At the table when everyone
was introduced, Melanie said she was a bit intimidated by other
people’s titles and education…until they asked her what she did,
and she said she was a Flight Attendant. The whole table turned
to her and said FLIGHT ATTENDANT! And for the rest of the
evening, she was the “star”. Becoming a Flight Attendant is like
gaining an entrance to an elite sorority. A sorority which
everyone is curious about!
- The longer you work, the less you work.
How would you like to work 8 days a month and make a full-time
salary? (Legally). Flight Attendants make more and work less,
with each passing year. It's the nature of the business - all
schedules and pay - are based on seniority. The more senior
you are, the better trips you have and the better the pay.
- My family flies free anytime anywhere – and my friends get
I don’t think I need to say anymore about the wonder of being
able to offer my family and friends trips to Hawaii, or Rome or
New York, First Class. It’s great – and certainly would never
happen if I were not a Flight Attendant.
Where else could I actually get paid, to discover up close and
personal, that the Mona Lisa is in fact, a quite small painting.
Or see what the Cathedrals look like, in Rome. Or visit the
North Pole at Christmas. Some education can best be learned,
while on the job. The job of a flight attendant!
- The heartfelt knowledge that each day, I can make someone’s
life, a little happier.
People who travel are usually tired, and stressed. They board
my flight looking for someone with a smile and a reassurance
that all will be well, and this flight will be wonderful. I
love making someone’s day simply by offering a pillow and a
blanket, or a beverage with lots of ice. I love my job. And
there is not another job that can so change someone’s life, like
that of becoming a Flight Attendant.
Marsha Marks is a Flight Attendant for one of the largest
airlines in the world and is the author of FLYING BY THE SEAT OF
MY PANTS: Flight Attendant Adventures on a wing and a Prayer.
Order her book: http://amzn.to/10YWlpo.
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