THANK YOU NORWEGIAN

So this journey has come to an end. Last week I did my last flights as a cabin crew. I started my day where it all started in 2017, in SVG, flying six sectors between OSL and SVG. Landing (almost) on time on the sixth. Ended my last day in the best possible way, with a ride on the jumpseat in the cockpit on my positioning flight back to OSL. 

I’ll miss my fantastic colleagues, even though I think I´ll keep some of them forever. I’ll miss the daily interaction with the other crew members. I’ll miss working shifts, having days off in the middle of the week. I’ll for SURE miss my short but memorable visits to the cockpit. And I must admit, I’ll miss my standby tickets. Alot.

Thank you for all the conversations. Thank you for all advises in life. It has been a fairytale and I’ve learned so much not only about other people but most of all about myself. Thank you Norwegian.

I remember especially one thing from my cabin crew training. I told myself to never go back to the simulator at our training department as a cabin crew. And luckily I never had to do the recurrent training in the sim again. (It’s done every third year, and I should have done mine in January next year). By the time it was my turn, my goal was to have a plan on where, when and which flight school to attend. 

It feels a bit scary to leave my comfort zone and my safe place, but it’s about time to move on. It’s now two weeks left until school starts, and I am both curious and very nervous about becoming a pilot student. But I can’t get what I want if I’m not willing to risk. Let´s get this done. 😅

A CABIN CREW DAY: HOUR BY HOUR

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.)

11:00
Time to get ready. Doing my makeup and hair, as well as I put my compression socks and uniform on.

12:00
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. 

13:00
We’re through the security and waiting for a delayed aircraft. Having one last breath of fresh air before we enter the metal tube.

14:00
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. 

15:00
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. 

16:00
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.

17:00
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. 

18:00
All our passengers are onboard, and we’re taxiing out for departure towards EDI.

19:00
We’ve finished our service and I’m ready to eat my dinner. Tagliatelle with vegetables on the menu tonight.

20:00
Boarding our last passengers of the day and getting ready for takeoff. Today’s last sector.

21:00
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.

22:00
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. 

23:00
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. 

WHAT IS IN IN MY FLIGHT ATTENDANT BAG

Have you ever wondered what a flight attendant bring in his/her bag? I will show you some things I personally need during a day at work.

All the accessories listed below, I carry in this FlightCrew5 Crew Cooler from Travelpro. This little (or actually quite big) bag really holds a lot. I use the front and the top pockets for my accessories and the big cooler compartment for food.

First and most important. Up to date licenses is mandatory to bring to work. Medical, CCA, ID-cards for the airport, passport etc. I also need to bring an electronic or paper version of my roster.

Anti bacterial wipes and gel. To stay clear of all the bacterias onboard.

My hands, and gets super dry while flying so I always make sure to have a good hand lotion in my bag. I also have a face mist in my bag to keep my face fresh and radiant throughout the day.

A mini pharmacy. Nasal spray, allergy medicines, sore throat lozenges and painkillers. Nice to have, just in case.

To count 189 passengers in a hurry it is essential to have a click counter nearby.

I do always bring an apron, flat shoes and a seal scissor. Even if we are flying non-service flights.

Announcement booklet & hi-vis vest.

An extra long charging cord and a power bank for my iPhone and/or iPad.

The one and only lip balm, some lip glosses and lip sticks are must haves during a long day. These are my favorites.

Last but not least: body mist, deo spray and perfume.

That was about it. Let me know if you have any questions!
x Frida.