I know a lot of people dream about becoming flight attendants. From distance, it might look like we’re busy doing our makeup and exploring the world while at work. Let us just make it clear, I would never spend more time than necessary in an aircraft toilet, and I would never bring any personal belongings in there, not even my makeup.
The ground stops on the short-haul operation are about 20-30 minutes long, and that’s not enough time to explore anything. If you’re lucky you get a 5-minute break in the sun on the aircraft stairs. But in aviation time is money, so the turnarounds should be as short as possible. So, I just want to show you what a cabin crew day actually can look like. Expectations vs reality.
Today we started our day in Alta, northern Norway, and we’ve stayed in a hotel in the city center. I had a stroll in the shopping center to buy some breakfast in the morning before getting ready for work. (FYI, we’re always working either lates or earlies during our 5 days working block.)
Time to get ready. Doing my makeup and hair, as well as I put my compression socks and uniform on.
I meet the crew in the hotel reception and while waiting for our pick up, we do a pre-flight briefing. Flight times, weather reports and pax numbers. We also discuss both first aid and safety-related topics to refresh and share knowledge and experiences.
We’re through the security and waiting for a delayed aircraft. Having one last breath of fresh air before we enter the metal tube.
At this time we’re airborne and on our way from ALF to OSL, starting our in-flight service. Offering our passengers to buy beverages and snacks.
Still on our way to OSL, having a short break and eating some lunch. (Oatmeal with mashed banana is my favorite nowadays.) I also do a quick visit to the cockpit before it’s time to prepare the cabin for landing.
Landed in OSL and having a break on the ground to wait for our next aircraft to arrive. Two of the crew members are done for the day, so we’re meeting up with the two new ones in the crew room.
At this time we’re in the passport control since our next destination is non-Schengen. When we arrive at the new aircraft, we check all of the emergency equipment and prepares the cabin for boarding.
All our passengers are onboard, and we’re taxiing out for departure towards EDI.
We’ve finished our service and I’m ready to eat my dinner. Tagliatelle with vegetables on the menu tonight.
Boarding our last passengers of the day and getting ready for takeoff. Today’s last sector.
Slowly starting some preparations of the cabin for landing. Collecting waste and closing down our OBT´s. These late flights use to be very calm.
Landed in OSL, 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Usually, we do a quick cleaning after landing, but since this aircraft had was planned for a night-flight, we had cleaners to do it.
Finally at the hotel after a long day. Bedtime 😴
Keep in mind that no two days are ever the same in the air. Even though I would say this day went by both smooth and easy.