Hi everyone ,
In my previous post I gave everyone an overview of what is it like to be a part of the airline industry . Today I will tell you all about the life, the pros and cons about this industry.
Air Hostess As A Career
As I said earlier an air hostess’s job is a very very tough one . You have to look presentable at all times be it 4 am or 10 pm .It can get a little monotonous but most times its fun . You get to visit many places ( that is mainly if you are in an international airline)and there are times when you wanna pull your hair out because you get so sick of the travelling .
Here I will list out the fun and not so fun things about flying !
Advantages Of Being An Air Hostess
First lets get to the fun part!
Where do I start?
The job takes you to many places but that is more so if you fly international! On domestic routes one goes and comes back right away. The best part is meeting lots of new people and interacting with guests whom one sees on TV or in the movies and you actually get to see their real side! Salman Khan for example loves to interact with the crew and actually sits in the galley area. I have flown down then entire Indian Cricket team and our politicos also . But with such people come funny temperaments and at the end of the day one has a lot of funny stories to share.
The job of a cabin attendant is to ensure safety at all times. All crew are fully trained in first aid and what to do in the event of a crash.I have had my share of medical emergencies and rowdy passengers who get drunk and after dealing with them , the appreciation showered on you by other passengers gives quite a high.
Good money! This is what we all work for right? The money scenario in India has changed due to recession but the airlines from Gulf countries like Emirates , Etihad and all pay crazy money.. We are talking six figures here per month!
The dressing up part is fun too.The job demands that a cabin crew be well groomed at all times. That means no chipped nail paint or bleeding lipstick or smudged eyeliner. But that can get irritating at times when you r so tired that u cannot tand but still have to touch up your lipstick!!
Making a difference: Small things done for a passenger will make his or her day and one feels good about it. It could be something small like a fresh cup of coffee or speaking to them in their mother tongue if you know it! I had an old man asking for my hand in marriage to his son after he heard me speak gujju ! Lol…. yes it happened
Free travel: This is the biggest perk of an airline employee! With air travel being so expensive these days its actually fun to pay just 2500 for a staff ticket to Singapore and 5000 for the USA!These tickets can be used for spouse, children and parents. But the catch is… These tickets are on standby .. So till the time you get your boarding card you wouldn’t know if you are going or not! That sucks yes but the ticket price is sooooooo less ! The money can be spent on shopping at the destination!!!!
The not so fun part
Long and odd hours: The hours can get crazy .. Will not sugar coat this and one has to be ready be it 4 am or midnight.. You have to look fresh and good for the passengers
Politics: airline industry has politics like no other field!There is major groupism and its very easy to be an outcast !
In addition to this skin has to be clear at all times.. One pimple and you cannot fly till its gone. The makeup regulations are very very strict in a service industry. I have actually got into trouble for wearing pink lippie instead peach and having the wrong colour of nailpaint on! The grooming rules may feel like boot camp at times and totally kills the fun of makeup!
All in all I would like to say is every job has its pros and cons. You have to have your head firmly screwed on you shoulder in this line ! Its very easy to fall into wrong company to get ahead but then again its everywhere!
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