We all think that being a flight attendant is all glitz and glamour but what is it really like? In this month’s Life of a flight attendant interview series, we sat down with Mel to get a glimpse of her life of endless flying and traveling. If you want to be a cabin crew, you can learn from Mel, too!
Hi Mel! Welcome to the series! Can you please describe your life as a flight attendant? We’d love to hear it!My life as a flight attendant is never the same as the day before. We dont have 9 to 5 days, work weekends, holidays, nights or days. Sometimes, when I am on standby, like these past few days, I dont even know where I will be going until last minute! I got up at 2am to drive to the airport just to sit there from 4.30am till 2pm and wait for the call. And if it doesnt come, same procedure next day. The glamorous life of a flight attendant – lol.
How long have you been doing this job?I have been doing this job for nearly 20 years now. After school, I finished a 3 year apprenticeship in hotel management, but then decided I wanted to see the world for a year or two until applying for a job in a fancy hotel somewhere across the ocean. Besides german, I spoke english and french fluently, had service skills, due to my hotel training. Perfect for the airlines. They invited me to an assessment center where they tested my teamwork spirit, as well as my language skills. After a thorough medical exam, I was ready to go.
Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a flight attendant?The 5 things I’d say I cannot go without as a flight attendant are:
1. My phone (yes, I know how that sounds, lol) but it seriously saves my life every day. Its just such a genius little machine.
2. My Travelwifi!!! Because it gives my phone the most important thing: WIFI wherever I go!!!
3. A hot water bottle! (It is always cold on the plane and I don’t wanna get sick)
4. My tea mug and my own tea (I don’t drink any coffee but gallons of tea every day)
5. Soap! Fun fact: my airline doesnt have soap in their bathrooms, but desinfectant fluid, in case there is no water, to make sure people can still “clean” their hands. But I need good old soap.