What’s It Like to Be a Flight Attendant?

What are the pros and cons of being a flight attendant? Guest blogger Daniel Bhowanidin has the scoop:

Imagine, if you will, that you have the ability to travel to anywhere on this tiny but beautiful blue planet. Anywhere your heart desires and BOOM, you can go at a free or close-to-free price. Pretty amazing, right?

Well, let me tell you: it is.

Hi, my name’s Daniel and I’m a flight attendant. I travel for a living, which works in my favor because my passion is travel and photography. I absolutely love waking up in a different state, in a different bed, in a different time zone, in a different place. The call of the road and sky constantly summons me to go somewhere new.

If you feel that kind of calling, then perhaps being a pilot or flight attendant is exactly the kind of change you need in your life. And, if you’re interested, please continue reading and I’ll tell you some of the pros and cons of being a flight attendant.

So why did I get into what we call “the flight life”?

I had a heart-crushing breakup.

I was with a girl I loved for three years. We were making all these plans to move to a different state and settle down and start a family.

Truth be told, looking back, that probably would’ve been miserable for me because anchoring myself to one place sounds horrible. That girl and I broke up and I went on a string of part-time jobs. Never truly satisfied. Not sure what I needed in life.

That all changed while I was working in a retail store and an old friend of mine came in. She said:

“Daniel, why are you wasting your time? You should be a flight attendant! You love to travel! You’re great with people. My company is hiring. You should just put in your résumé and see.”

Two and a half years later, I’m flying the friendly skies and I couldn’t imagine a life doing anything else. Being behind a bar or working behind a desk could never make me this happy.

Now I know what you’re thinking.

Man, this is great! I can fly all over and see the world!

Yeah, that’s the good part of it. However, there is a major drawback. There are some cons. And some of them can gross you out.

How do you feel about blood?

Vomit?

Other human excrements that you wouldn’t want to see, smell, or touch?

Yeahhh…unfortunately you get your fill in dealing with that. Also, be prepared to possibly have to save someone’s life.

I’ve had to perform CPR on a man whose heart stopped 35,000 feet up in the air.

Under tight situations, some people can’t rise to the challenge. They freeze up and sometimes go almost into a catatonic state.

That’s exactly what happened to the young flight attendant who was with me when the man’s heart went under arrest. You have to be prepared that something may go wrong on your flight. And, unfortunately, not everyone can stand that type of stress.

Also, people often believe that we’re just glorified snack waiters and waitresses. Truth be told, we’re very much the firefighters, police, EMT and glorified snack waiters, all rolled into one.

In all honesty, these cons aren’t even that bad.

Thank you, Rachel, for being a sweetheart and giving me a little time to put my words to your blog. If you dream of being somewhere else, somewhere new, I hope this has encouraged you.

Life is too short to be stuck.

The options are out there for everyone to get out into the world and put some miles under your feet.

My best advice for everyone is that when something good happens, travel to celebrate. If something bad happens, travel to forget.

If nothing happens, travel to make something happen.

-Daniel

Daniel profileWhen not sailing through the stars and clouds, you can find Daniel haunting your local coffee shops, drinking tea and talking about foreign places and cuisines. He encourages those around him to aspire to new levels of growth and is always willing to extend a word of kindness and guidance to those in need. Armed with his trusty camera, Daniel just wants to comb this vast blue orb floating in space and see all the natural beauty it has to offer—and capture it on film.

(Secretly, his true motive is to eat all the exotic cuisines and drink all the craft beers and wine.)

You can find him on Instagram at: daniel_inthe_wilderness. He would love nothing more than to talk matters of travel, life and photography with you.

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