If you too have secretly envied the glamorous lifestyle of flight attendants but have been afraid of the disapproval of your opinion from our society then welcome aboard.
This is the final call for otherwise inquisitive souls.
Please fasten your seat belts as we prepare to take off with the intriguing reality of the profession that goes beyond free travelling and those bright toothy smiles.
Here are ten things you did not know about Pakistani air hostesses
The criteria for the job may sound almost as shallow as a beauty pageant.
• Airlines are willing to settle for a mediocre academic background and skill set but they would prefer unmarried candidates over married.
• Being a flight attendant means the candidates are expected to be a certain height to help the passengers with the overhead cabin luggage and (of course) be within a BMI range because have you seen those aisles?
• The requirement of being well groomed is basically a constant battle between actually making an effort and not over doing it.
• The cabin pressure and flight safety is directly proportional to the equilibrium maintained between the neuroses of stressed out passengers and the quirkiness of the cabin crew – therefore a flight attendant must be young and overly compassionate.
And you thought the profession objectified women. *Pfftt…*
Apart from being visually appealing and emotionally available at all times, the candidates also get bonus points for being bi, tri (or as many) lingual.
Once (god forbid) the candidates are selected, then their existence is looked down upon by the toxic patriarchal society we live in. Their courtesy is mistaken for the entertainment the passengers paid for and ironically their uniform fitting speaks volumes about their loose character. Their harassment is justified for challenging societal norms and being voluntarily away from the guardians of their chastity.
3.Emergencies are easy, Passengers are not..
A flight attendant is held accountable for everything that could possibly go wrong, from flight delays to a turbulent flight, from the passengers not being seated together and unable to handle a 6 hour long
distance relationship haul flight to the unavailability of enough hypoallergenic blankets and the chaos to follow. A flight attendant must have a satisfactory explanation and enough knowledge to deal with areas which are beyond her expertise or else brace for impact.
4.Places off limits..
A few places are off limits for the sake of the crew’s safety such as Afghanistan and India. Some interesting neighbors we have got there. Eh??
5.High on Mood Swings…
Despite all those years of being calm, composed and suspended in mid-air, a turbulent flight (or just that time of the month) can send the cortisol levels soaring high. Apart from the emotional rush, some air hostesses also experience travel sickness occasionally. In fact quite a few report of experiencing air sickness and anxiety for the first time after their selection.
Not to forget the trauma of air crashes that is passed on to the surviving crew in the form of sleepless nights and trying hard not to let the emotions come in their way.
6.The love/hate dilemma…
Speaking of emotions this profession too comes with a constant love-hate relationship with its pursuers.
Besides (the obvious) travelling the world with company paid hotel bills, the cabin crew is also entitled to a specific number of discounted tickets every year, followed by the perks of medical insurance, a low maintenance work wardrobe and always shoe twinning with your best friend 😉 . The crew also gets paid extra for long haul flights as a cherry on top.
But let’s not get envious and keep in mind the compromise they make by always being jet-lagged and missing tons of birthdays, anniversaries and milestones of their kids.
7.What’s in those bags?
Alright curious George, raise your hand if you have ever wondered what exactly the air hostesses pack in their identical hand carry bags? These lovely ladies my friends are the most efficient when it comes to packing. They have their personal belongings along with a torch, a safety equipment manual, their cabin shoes and an apron in a 55×45 centimeters (not more than 8 kgs) bag. Impressive right!!
walls wings have ears…
Be careful next time you tell a secret 35@*7& feet above sea level. Its not like they want to do it but who doesn’t like a little gossip to kill time at work, especially when your movement is restricted to the aisles of a packed airplane for the next couple of hours.
9.They eat the same food
That’s right, no need to come down on the air hostess like a ton of bricks next time you don’t like the meal served to you on board because they are having the same. What you do need to worry about is an air hostess eyeing your favorite for herself.
10.Surprises and survival
Hate pop quizzes? This job ain’t for you then. Flight attendants are expected to be quizzed about security procedure and safety measures before boarding a flight. They must be capable of handling a delivery with a first aid kit, a fire in the plane and passengers at their wits end.
Before we finish, I know what you all are wondering.
Yes! Over weight air hostesses are given a time limit to get back in shape or else put on a weight loss program. I guess its just travel, not eat, repeat for them then.
The blog post was written with the help of sources who wish to remain anonymous