Mar 4th 2010 2:17PM I agree with just about everything Frank96 mentioned - great advice! I too have gone through training with more than one airline and have also been an instructor. I must say, at my second airline, classmates would come to me for help because I had flown before. But it was so difficult unlearning 100's of procedures/policies and relearning them. Some things were exactly the same but 75% was totally new. So I was completely honest and warned classmates that it was actually harder for me than it probably was for them. Although I did very well in training, to this day (11 years at my current airline), I still occasionally confuse workrules/procedures/contract issues with my former carrier.
Dec 5th 2009 5:08PM I find one of your points particularly apt. You mentioned living within your means. We have been doing that for the last several years and live without the stress most people today are dealing with, financially. We downsized from a townhouse to a nice but inexpensive apartment. We never go out to eat and don't really miss it. We are driving 7 and 8 year old cars - we take good care of them and have no plans to buy new ones. We got rid of all our old cc debt by filing bankruptcy 3 years ago. We don't go to malls and shop. The only things we buy are groceries and household necessities. We don't smoke or drink. We don't go on vacations. We don't buy anything! And we've realized over the last few years that we are perfectly happy with having our health and our love for each other and our extended family. It really is more than enough.
A separate point that has been missed by the media. If we finally get "universal health care" we will become much more mobile in the job market. There are SO many people who are keeping their jobs solely because they need the health insurance they provide. If everyone can have affordable health insurance separate from their employers, we will be far more free to take on a job we like and dump the one we stay at just for health care!
Jun 9th 2009 9:59PM Absurd! Anyone purchasing this useless piece of nonsense should be shot. And his $300,000 given to charity or the homeless.
Apr 10th 2009 7:29PM My brother is a high school teacher and I am a flight attendant. He and I both agree that we would not be able to do the other's job. We have different skill-sets, interests, and training. Interestingly, we both make about the same amount of money annually (though I've been flying 18 years and he's been teaching for 5 years).
I have had two emergency landings (one with an evacuation) and countless serious medical emergencies. I have performed CPR with defribulator 5 times, dealt with 3 seizures, aided one mother going into labor, had more "chest pain" or "shortness of breath" complaints where I administered O2 than I can count, and recently I saved a choking baby. None of the medical issues made the news, and I didn't receive even a thank you from my airline. But that's ok - because it's what I'm there for. Like Heather, I have a lot of complaints about the job but I also love it.