My Flight Attendant Career
a name given to me by someone I adored; he was killed at a young age in a car
accident. I am writing my books in his memory. My family has always called
me Leenie. Throughout the years, my friends continually asked me, “Leenie, when are you going to do
something with those tell-all notes and stories you have saved?”
I certainly am not a professional writer, but I do have a good
memory along with the joy of telling my story. So, one day I sat at my computer
where the stories starting flowing. It was amazing how many people, events and
places came to mind; my notebook full of happenings certainly helped to remind
What a privilege it was being a Flight Attendant; our training
is complex and intricate, leaving nothing to chance. Plus, we meet other
airline crews with many common interests. Some are even from other countries.
One day, a counselor at my University said to me, “Leenie, I believe you would make a great Stewardess.” I love talking with people and hearing
their stories; being a good listener and having a positive attitude certainly
helped me to attain my ‘job in the sky’!
I will never forget one commercial flight in particular; I was
so intrigued by the performance of the Flight Attendants. As luck would
have it, one Flight Attendant stopped to talk with me. She said, “I know you
have been watching us, are you interested in our job?” She explained some
facts about training and her career.
Eventually my ultimate answer became YES, I want to be a Flight
Attendant. The detailed experience alone was so valuable. I bonded with my
classmates during training, as our interests were very similar. The bond
between Pilots and Flight Attendants is unlike any other vocation; we spend a
career in the skies, and teamwork can be essential for our survival.
I had a great time dating and partying throughout my career.
Like any vocation, there are ups, downs and a giant learning process. I became
more confident and actually started flirting with some good looking men on my
flights (not to mention certain pilots). There is an art to quietly flirt with
someone of interest; guess what, it works!
Flight Attendants are always professional on the airplane;
however, the layovers in key cities can sometimes become more than just a night
of rest. We all have private rooms at our hotel; on longer overnights, we can
hop in a taxi and go anywhere around town to the best restaurants and the most
swinging bars the city has to offer. Certainly some of us looked forward to
seeing new cities, new sites and meeting new people. I am grateful for my 18
years of having an ‘office in the sky’. I will always have a loving memory
of very special airline friends; our bond is unique!
Welcome On Board