Posted by kpillar
The light at the end of the tunnel might be a pinprick, but it’s finally there. I have 18 days left, and it simultaneously feels like I’ve been here for years but also that it’s flown by. I’m now officially certified on the Super 80, Boeing 737, 757 and 767, working on the 777-200 now. Even though it’s a day off, we don’t really have any “days off”. On the one hand though, flight attendants cite one reason they love their jobs is because once they’re out there flying, when they get home they’re home and have no homework or things to do pertaining to their job and can just enjoy being home (or, more likely in my case, traveling).
It was a sobering discovery last night though to realize that the exact same plane we’re studying right now is missing somewhere over Vietnamese airspace with 239 people on board, including 12 crew. CNN says that it’s not looking good, and it really brings home the reality of how dangerous this job can be, and why we spend 8 weeks here in training. I can guarantee that any flight attendants that survived that situation tried to help as many people as possible. I haven’t spent the last weeks learning how to push a cart and serve a Coke, that’s for sure. Flight attendants are considered first responders, along with firefighters, cops and EMTs. Respect your flight attendants, people, they might save your life one day!
On a lighter note, our long days have been filled with as many drills and exams as they could possibly throw at us, and I’m kind of impressed by the rock stars I have in my class. Everyone is holding up surprisingly well, though we’re all in tiny little spaces together all day and lacking on sleep, fresh air and freedom. Next week we get into the pool to play in the survival rafts, and we also get to tour the lovely 777-300 aircraft, I can’t wait to fly non-rev first class on that one!