It’s that time of the month! Welcome to our cabin crew series here at Travelwifi! We all think that being a flight attendant is all glitz and glamour but what is it really like? In this month’s Life of a flight attendant interview series, we sat down with Andrea to get a glimpse of her life of endless flying and traveling. If you want to be a cabin crew, you can learn from her, too!
Hi Andrea! Welcome to the series! Can you please describe your life as a flight attendant? We’d love to hear it!A day in the life: As a flight attendant I am on what’s called “Reserve” and basically what this means is you’re on call 24/7 until your days off. Being on call means they can call you whenever they want throughout the day to assign you to a trip that they need covered. So when I’m on call I’m not necessarily flying. There are days that I don’t get called at all and I typically spend my time at home, at the gym, or running errands. We get a monthly guarantee so I could work 20 hours a month or 78 hours a month and I’d still get paid the same. Each month is different. I could work one trip or I could work four. You never know!
How long have you been doing this job?I’ve been a flight attendant for a little over a year now and it’s been the best career ever! I got hired in October of 2018. The interview process can be very stressful because thousands of people apply and only a certain amount are selected. First I submitted my application through my airlines website and from there I was selected to do a video interview. The video interview included 5-6 questions that were all timed and you couldn’t redo your answers. From there, they review it and if selected you are asked to come in for a face-to-face interview. The face-to-face interview was the last step and I received my offer right on the spot. After receiving your offer you will have to attend a 6 1/2 week training in order to become qualified. The training process is very rigorous with exams and drills. You must pass them all to completely become a certified flight attendant.
Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a flight attendant?1. I always carry a good book with me for long sits at the airport or long flights
2. iPad – so I can watch Netflix or other shows in my hotel room
3. Hand sanitizer and lots on moisturizing products to keep my skin from drying up.
4. Arbonne energy fizz sticks to keep me awake throughout the day.
5. And my phone of course! I handle everything on it and I’d be lost without it!
What’s your favorite part of being a flight attendant?
My favorite part of being a flight attendant is the benefits! I get to travel anywhere I want for free and there’s so much flexibility that comes with the job. I can create my schedule to my liking each month and I love that everyday is different. You never know what you’re going to get, which is the exciting part:)