Pros And Cons Of Being A Flight Attendant
I truly believe being a flight attendant is the best job in the world, but there are drawbacks of being a flight attendant too.
There are pros and cons of being a flight attendant and in my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons. It’s best to go into the career with your eyes wide open.
If you want to know only the AMAZING things (those incredible perks that come with the job) about being a flight attendant, check out 10 Awesome Benefits Of Being A Flight Attendant.
In this post I want to highlight a few perks that come with the job and a lot of the drawbacks to being a flight attendant, the parts of the job that most people really don’t talk about.
What Challenges Do Flight Attendants Face?
Flight attendants face all kinds of challenges every day on the job. With delayed flights, unruly passengers, and long days, flight attendants have so much to deal with on a daily basis.
However, one of the biggest pros of being a flight attendant is that you can leave your problems on the plane when you leave.
So many times in an office setting you may have coworkers that you might not particularly care for, and as a flight attendant you are always working with different people, so each day is a chance to make new friends and enjoy new crew members.
Pros & Cons For Flight Attendants – Pay
There are pros and cons for being a flight attendant concerning your pay. It really comes down to what stage you are at in your career.
In the beginning of your flight attendant career, the pay is low which of course is a con. However, if you choose a well paying airline, the more years you move up in seniority, so does your pay. Many flight attendants enjoy making six figures per year, and that is one of the best perks that come with the job.
Working Holidays As A Flight Attendant
Working holidays is a pro for some flight attendants and a con for others. Before you accrue enough seniority as a flight attendant you can expect to work almost every holiday. If you have family that you want to spend every holiday with, it may not happen for a while.
Some flight attendants like me enjoy working holidays. Depending on the airline, you could earn holiday pay, and sometimes that pay is double and even triple your regular pay.
One of my best working Christmases was when I worked a trip to Jamaica and stayed at a resort for the holiday. So if you have to work on Christmas, there is definitely a chance that you can work a great trip with a fun layover.
If you have children, you can choose the day you will celebrate the holiday, it doesn’t have to be on the exact calendar date. My kids love getting to have two Christmases, instead of just one.
As a side note, after new parents have a new baby, they have the option to take an entire year off to stay home.
Reserve Flight Attendant VS Line Holder
I think health issues are one of the biggest drawbacks of being a flight attendant. You are always changing time zones, you end up eating a lot of airplane food, and you are trapped in a metal tube with sick people for hours on end.
I will say that after your first year flying you will have an immune system that can withstand almost anything.
But do you want to know what you are more prone to as a flight attendant? Cancer
It’s really devastating because flight attendants do get cancer often because they are exposed to cosmic radiation and the closer you fly to the poles in an airplane the higher the radiation.
One of the best things to do to protect yourself from cancer is to have a flight attendant side hustle so you can take some time off for self-care.
Sleeping right, eating right, getting exercise and getting cancer screenings will help you stay on top of your health.
Passengers Onboard The Aircraft
Passengers that you meet can be both pros and cons of being a flight attendant.
One of the best things I love about being a flight attendant are the passengers. As a flight attendant you can meet so many interesting people from all over the world. There are many lovely passengers that will make your day.
However, things have gotten volatile up in the air. Some passengers have gotten violent, and have been taking it out on flight crews. As a flight attendant you can often become a target. People get angry about things that are beyond your control, and behavior can escalate quickly.
Having said that, the FAA has announced they will make permanent their “zero tolerance policy” so that unruly passengers who interfere with crew members can be fined up to $35,000 and be imprisoned. That’s a win in my book, don’t you think?
Turbulence – One Of The Drawbacks To Being A Flight Attendant
When I first started flying there were seasons of turbulence, but now? Turbulence is a year round thing.
I have been injured in turbulence, it’s dangerous and can be life altering. We can’t see clear air turbulence coming, but pilots can inform other aircrafts about where they encountered it, which helps.
I’ve been in severe turbulence more than once. How I can describe it is that if feels like a giant grabs the wings of the airplane with each hand and shakes the airplane as hard as it can.
Once when it happened I flew up into the air and landed on the floor and got the wind knocked out of me. I was in the middle of the service, and the turbulence was not forecasted so it came without warning.
But forecasted turbulence? We know it’s coming and if it’s moderate or worse, getting someone a coke isn’t as important as sitting down and buckling up.
Substance Abuse – The Dark Side Of Being A Flight Attendant
I’d like to shine a light on something rampant in the flight attendant career, flight attendant substance abuse.
There are a lot of flight attendants who are alcoholics. Alcoholism is a disease. If you are prone to becoming an alcoholic because it runs in your family, or you are already on your way to becoming an alcoholic, maybe becoming a flight attendant isn’t for you until you have the proper support system in place.
There is alcohol everywhere, and no shortage of flight attendants who want to party. This job takes you away from home a lot, you miss a lot of time with your family, especially if you commute, and if you are not well grounded, you could quickly turn to alcohol.
I’ve never been an alcoholic, and maybe my reason can help somebody. It’s nothing spectacular. I’m vain, and I’m careful with money. I’m the kind of person who gains weight when looking at fattening food.
I’m primarily a water drinker because it has no calories. I’d much prefer to eat any calories than drink them. I also don’t spend money on things that are not a necessity or a luxury. That’s it. That’s what has kept me away from alcohol my entire life.
So even when someone wanted to buy me a drink, I said no because I was not too fond of the extra calories.