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Who’s Your Flight Attendant?


Are they merely cocktail waiters/waitresses in the sky? Folks who took a gander upward one day and started humming “Leaving on a Jet Plane?”

As a twenty-year veteran, I’m still amazed at the variety of professionals the industry attracts. I’ve flown with former doctors, nurses, lawyers, police officers, teachers, military personnel, and dot-comers — just to name a few.

The gentleman I worked with on my last trip served in law enforcement as a special investigator for forty years. When I asked if he was required to retire from the force at a certain age, he told me that his son had been killed in Iraq in 2007 causing him to reevaluate life in general. This was something he’d always wanted to do — a bucket list item of sorts. At 64, serving passengers and exploring the world is the retirement gift he chose to give himself.

So, next time you’re traveling by plane, spark up a conversation with the flight attendants. You may be surprised and inspired by the path that lead them there.

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4 thoughts on “Who’s Your Flight Attendant?

  1. Peggy Hawkinson on said:

    I love this, Shauna! This was my experience, too, in my very short career as a F/A.
    Very well said….

  2. Very cool to hear this, although it mirrors my experience with so many other roles and their players in this game of life. Which is why I love chatting folks up when I can to learn a teeny tiny bit about who they ARE-the waitress, the actor, the firefighter, the writer: who ARE you? Thank you for the added knowledge and insight. Xo

  3. Great blog post! Thank you for stopping by and following my blog! I wish you safe and happy travels on your journeys and hopefully, you’ll meet some incredible people along the way!

    Peace, love and blessings to you,

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