Common Misconceptions about being a Flight Attendant

Common Misconceptions about being a Flight Attendant

Common Misconceptions about being a flight attendant

I had an interview with Sir Mond Ortiz of FlyHigh Manila to discuss the following misconceptions of being a flight attendant and to further educate the viewers of what their world is. 

  1. It’s all about the looks. 

“Ganda lang ang puhunan sa pagiging flight attendant.”

Absolutely no, it’s not just about the looks because you take different roles like being a safety professional. When aircraft technical problems arise and you’re at 40,000 feet, flight attendants’ priority is to secure the lives of all passengers. [Click to tweet] That alone speaks it all. Second is the service, they have to make the passengers feel welcomed, comfortable. The fact of knowing that it is not really comfortable especially when you’re the type whom has phobia of height, flight attendants are present to ensure flights are comfortable.

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  1. You don’t have to be smart to be a flight attendant.

“Some people think na being a flight attendant don’t need to be smart.”

No, no, no. Definitely not. First of all, the training alone is like one whole college term compressed into 2-3 months. So, I mean CCOM, Cabin Crew Operation Manual is a round thick, 2 volumes, and each of every page needs to be studied. There are series of tests and exams every day. The passing rate is 90% and if you fail, you’re out of the training. Some would make it 95% which means for each test you are only allowed to have just one mistake. Also, it requires a lot of decision making, if you are the lead crew – you must have a high emotion control especially in emergency situations. You can’t allow your emotions to take over your decisions. It’s not for no-brainer.

  1. Work of a flight attendant is easy.

“Madali lang yan, palipad-lipad lang, pa-ganda ganda lang.”

It’s easy in your eyes but when you’re actually doing it, no. Another common misconception of being a flight attendant. Just like an iceberg, it may look small but underneath is huge. Most tasks seen during flights are only pure serving of foods and safety demo. The true value that will let flight attendants shine is during emergency situations but they would not want to happen at all. If that happen, lives are at stake. The goal is to save, evacuated all passengers in 90 seconds. Every tasks of a flight attendant has a timing and being calculated. The weight of trolley are much heavier when you’re at 40,000 feet. Definitely, not an easy post and job.

  1. Training of a FA’s are easy (make-up, walking, etc)

“Madali lang ang training ng flight attendant.”

Just imagine the process is composed of series of test, drills, first-aid, fire-fighting, and door trainings. Every day, you need to keep a passing grade of 90% and reading the CCOM. After all that and you think it’s easy, maybe you’ll be a star cabin crew. The truth about being a flight attendant is that training for them is much harder than doing their college thesis. Also, a trainee should never ever be late or else you’re out of the training. Not an easy job as trainee.

  1. FA career is all about serving chicken and beef.

Chicken or beef?

Please mind that on emergency situation, flight attendants are the last to leave. It’s not about chicken or beef but facing the great danger. Aside roles of safety professional, service, they also are the nurse, police the traffic, security to guard the cockpit, and a companion for solo travellers. Flight attendants are trained to inculcate all these roles into one. This misconception of serving chicken and beef alone is not true at all. It’s more than that. It's not an easy job.

Indeed, these misconceptions of being a flight attendant have no room in the society. It is not an easy peasy trainings people may think. They may look good as you see, but see the eyes of bravery willing to serve and ensure your safety on flights. As Sir Mond discussed, the common things that people know about flight attendants are servers for snacks and drinks, doing safety demos on flights, assisting passengers, yet their true roles remain unseen unless otherwise emergency or technical issues of aircraft arises.

This is an interview with Mond Ortiz of FlyHigh Manila, watch our collab video with Flyhigh Tv where we talked about the common mistakes about being a flight attendant interview here.

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