I thought i
would take some time to express my emotions and my thoughts of how this job
truly changed me, what i learned and some of my experiences from this job. And how this job truly showed me the world, taught me certain
lessons in life and made me brave and stronger. The professional and personal skills i gained with Etihad as a cabin crew. I can not express how thankful
i am that i got the chance to work as a cabin crew for Etihad. I saw things i
never thought i would see in million years, i explored things i didnt even
think i would be lucky enough to explore and i handled certain situations as a crew that
i couldnt even think i would even be able to handle. I grew so much personally and professionally being a
cabin crew, and i will forever, forever, forever be thankful and blessed that i
even got the chance to score this job and experience this job with Etihad as crew. Its such a change in life and you get thrown into this completely new world. But this new world changed me, and i will forever be thankful for this, as all changes are positive. Before i joined Etihad i had already explored few parts of the world and got
the chance to travel and do other exciting things. But the things i experienced
and got to do wasnt even 1% of the stuff i did before. This was on a whole different level. I thought i had seen a lot previously in life before i worked as a cabin crew but i was so wrong. I dont know if it was
pure luck or if it was meant to be or if i was just in the right place at the
right time when i scored this job. As still today the recruitment process for Etihad is a mystery to me. I have to admit all these middle eastern cabin crew recruitment process are all a mystery to me, and not only Etihad. I honestly dont know howeven got this job. Many ask me if me who got this job would perhaps know ´´the secret of scoring this job´´. But honestly i dont think no one knows only the HR folks at each company knows. Of course we can dress the part, have the perfect resume, perfect education, working experiences, have the look and all that, but still we get rejected. So i have no idea how i got this job to be honest. Pretty much for approx 3 years i did the exact same thing when i went to these airline recruitment events and i got rejected one by one, until i scored Etihad. So i dont know what made me score this. Perhaps its a cocktail mix of Luck, destiny and being there at the right time and place, who knows. But today few years after
i look back at that year i had with Etihad and wow i think, that i got to do
all of those stuff and experience all of those things. I recommend 100% this job
to anyone and everyone, it was truly a ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR ME to
join Etihad and work as a cabin crew. I feel the cabin crew job made me so strong that
today i can handle pretty much anything thrown at me. All the life skills we had before we joined, gets improved and increase to mind blowing levels when we experience the cabin crew world . I feel this job gave me
the skills to be so patient and so understanding. The communication skills i
have today i could never imagine having before. There were so many situations
that taught me so many life skills. I used to be so insecure and not confident at all and being a cabin crew totally made me more secure and confident. Because this job forces you to do so many things i didnt even imagine would happen or i would face. Example would be all eyes are on you when you are onboard regardless what you do, and a passenger perhaps had a bad day and would perhaps yell and argue with you. All i could do would listen and make this passenger feel that i understand him and communicate in ways i normally wouldnt know how to in these certain situations. Normally people dont argue with me or yell at me in extreme aggressive ways. So those situations where the passengers would be angry and yell so loud ect would happen often, and thats something i have learned to handle and deal with. Usually i dont like conflict and i would run away from conflicts, but here you cant run away or hide hehehehehe, you just have to deal with this. I didnt mind the team work we had to do while
working, but i learned various ways in working with other people. Each flight
we had we had new set of crew, new faces and new coworkers to work with.
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that team work skills i learned help me deal with various situations today with
working with people. Working as a crew you are never alone, you always have 14 or 25 other crew onboard. So team work is very important while working as a crew. I had doubts/ fear before joining and thought IS THIS JOB
RIGHT FOR ME? WILL I BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS? AM I MAKING THE RIGHT DECISOUN
HERE? WHAT AM I DOING? I was so scared before joining, thinking what if i get fired for doing
something wrong ect ect. Even if i wanted this so badly and this was my dream still those emotions and thoughts came to me. But i thought who cares let me try this...i want this so much....why should i let my anxious and worried mind stop me. Cause at the end of the day its all in our minds....our fear and doubt i mean. This was the
biggest and the most challenging decision of my life when i joined Etihad. The best
job decision i ever made 100%. Yeah i was pretty scared for various stuff before i
joined but we all are human and when we face such a big change in life we are
bound to have those negative, scary thoughts and emotions. So i thought these
emotions and thoughts are normal. Challenges and changes are always positive
and will help us GROW and open new opportunities for us or teach us something. I had a lot of worries before i joined,
worries such as what if people discover i have tattoos and i didnt declare them
lol, what if i wont pass the exams and they will send me home, what if i wont
pass the medicals in Abu Dhabi and i will be sent home, what if i didnt knew
the answers during the briefings before flights and i would get reported and
sent home, what if i became lonely and didnt find any friends ect ect....there
was tons of fears.....Fears and doubts everyone had once we joined...everyone
thought similar like i did....
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with such a change in life, i guess those questions and fears come automatically.
And of course obstacles were thrown in my path. Doesnt matter where we are or
what we do in this world, there will always be ups and downs. I remember the
main problems i had in Abu Dhabi was me not being able to pass the exams during
the training, it was so difficult for me. But i faced the fear of failing and i
did fail several exams but i re-took the exams and passed them thankfully. I
did have problems answering some of the questions that were asked during our briefing
before each flight, but that went alright anyway cause you always get another chance and another
question to answer. All of these and more situations taught me
that we cant give up and should always face our fears and once we are out of
the storm or the situation we become much stronger and we learn. I remember i was
a bit scared at the beginning of how i would deal with medical emergency on
board, or any kind of strange behaviors onboard cause i had never experienced such situations before at my previous jobs.
Well i remember the first time i had to deal with a medical emergency/situation
on board, which happened during my 1st month of flying. I was at the galley
talking to a fellow co worker and a passenger came to us asking for water and
he stood next to me. Suddenly he fainted and i was just next to him so
thankfully my reflexes were fast enough to catch him in my arms so he wouldnt
fall on the floor. I remember i reacted in a calm way and tried to collect
myself and my co worker went to grab some pillows and a blanket to put under
his head. Quickly the passenger woke up and was a bit dizzy, we gave him some
water and he sat on the floor to gather his breathe. We talked with him and
quickly he felt better and we went with him to his seat after a while. Later
after this situation the after emotions and thoughts came to me and i felt so
proud and strong that i managed to deal with this and quickly helped. I didnt
feel scared or nervous at all at that time. This was the first medical
situation/ or whatever you can call it...i had to deal with on board. This was
first of 10000 to come and compared to other medical situations i had to deal
with, this was the easiest. But this taught me to be calm and collected, and
handle certain stressful and pressured situations in a professional way. Quickly to think of ways to
help others ect.
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I experienced so much happiness, so much love, bad times, good
times, tears, laughter also friendship during my time in Abu Dhabi working for
Etihad. We got the chance to stay in 5 star hotels where sometimes celebrities
and superstars would stay at. We would get the chance to eat exciting different
food at awesome cool restaurants around the world. I met so many lovely
beautiful and wonderful friends from all over the world that gave me so much
happiness. I felt proud of wearing the Etihad uniform and felt proud of working with something i once only could dream of doing. We got the chance to go shopping all over the world and bring back so many fun stuff. We got the chance to use all the cabin crew benefits and discounts all over Abu Dhabi and other places too. I learned about a whole new culture and their customs in Abu Dhabi, also while we traveled all over we got the chance to learn about other cultures and traditions too. While working as a crew and traveling it truly broadens your mind. I feel this job also taught me to take risks and challenged my perception of things in this world. Sometimes i would get the best crew ever on some flights and those
moments/flights was the best memories we would have. I remember one flight i
had to Chengdu, China, and during that time we didnt have many passengers, we
flew on a A330 and the total seats it had was 262 passengers. During that flight we
only had 43 PASSENGERS. Oh my god on a A330 we only had 43 passengers and it was pure
bliss for the entire crew. We all managed to finish the service in record time
and we had plenty of time to ourselves to enjoy on board.
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We would all sit in
the galley and talk, eat crew meals and laugh. I remember because we only had 43
passengers in total during that flight to Chengdu, many rows in the back
of the plane were empty. So our Cabin Manager approved of some rest hours for us crew, cause normally we dont have crew rest on this route. So
all of us crew in the economy would each take 1 row each and just sleep or
relax for few short hours. The flight hours to Chengdu was approx 6hours and 40min.
So imagine how much fun we had running around and being silly all of us. We
would go around taking pictures of ourselves and each other, we would throw
pillows at each other and we would go to business class and enjoy their ice cream. Cause they had plenty of ice cream for the business class passengers left, and not many were eating them. Often it happens when the business class passengers dont eat their meals or whatever, we would go eat them. Cause it would than be in the fridge and not be used and than thrown away. We had the coolest
Cabin Manager and Cabin Senior ever and when we have a relaxed easy going team
the whole flight would be so much fun and relaxed. But on the way back from Chengdu of
course the flight was full so no more playing around hehehehe. Flights like
this are very rare, cause most flights are either full or almost full. When we
would have full flights than it would be us busy running up and down and
the moments i will cherish forever. I have so many amazing memories from my
time in Etihad. Again im so blessed i got the chance to experience the cabin
crew job and that lifestyle that came with it.
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On days off in Abu Dhabi we would either go to Dubai to enjoy some shopping, or eating good food, enjoy some fun parties or go to the pool. Crew have discount on many hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and we would go to various hotels and use their outdoor/indoor pools and clubs ect.
I also have weird, crazy and not fun
memories too, which comes with the job as well. One memory i have is once i had
a flight to Frankfurt and we had this very annoying and strict cabin senior
that would comment on all the wrong things we would do on board. Dont know if
she woke up on the wrong side that morning or was on her period or what the
hell was going on with her hehehehe but she would just find errors and would
comment on every single thing we did. Even if we would do the right thing she
would find whatever it would be wrong with what we were doing. So the energy on
board and in the team in the economy was not nice. Once in a while the cabin
seniors also have to do so called ´´on board assessments´´ on us crew. We have to do
these minimum 4 times a year.
Anyhow and my bad luck this cabin senior told us crew in the economy that she
wanted to do these ´´onboard assessment´´ on us on that flight to frankfurt. These on board assessment was things the cabin senior would check if we did or not. Example it would be if we have done something nice for any passenger during that flight, how we handled certain situations during certain situations or what we can improve of or what we need to learn more about. What the cabin senior saw in our work that she/he thought wasnt good or we needed to improve. Something we needed to study more about or what our goals are for the future in etihad or if we did our safety security check correctly done during that flight ect ect ect..... Its a form we later go through with our cabin senior (cabin manager if you work in business or first class) I knew
i wouldnt get good grades or comments from that assessment because she
obviously doesnt like anyone on board heheheeh it didnt matter how perfect we
worked or did our best. At the end she wrote very bad stuff about me and wrote
that i had done many errors ect. lol These on board assessments actually help
us get promoted to work in business or first class later on. This among other
things of course. So i was very upset that i had gotten a bad review from her...But
what to do, it is what it is. In this job when we are 1000 crew/staff, we are
bound to meet fellow co workers that we dont like or wont be able to stand ect.
But of course i acted all professional and respected our cabin senior and didnt
say anything ect. Cause if we arnt professional we will get reported and thats
not good. So once again this taught me to be professional and working in teams
even if one person doesnt do her part well or its impossible to work with that
person.....we still manage and pull through...managed to work under stress and pressure... Times like this than we
thank god we work with different crew each flight, than we dont necessary
have to meet that person ever again hehehehe Having all eyes on you, you truly have to pull
through and be strong to do your part. There has been so much i have learned/improved
when i used to work as a cabin crew. Example of skills i learned/improved would be
problem solving, communication skills, customer service, flexibility, ability
to work under pressure and stress, team
work, organizational skills, assertive and punctual and of course being kind and understanding and moreeeeee....
choice i ever made in my entire life so far was when i applied to Etihad for
the role as a cabin crew and im beyond happy and thankful i even got the chance
to join them. Im so happy i took this challenge and did it . Im sure i would
gain the same knowledge and experiences if i had worked for Emirates, Qatar or British Airways or whatever airline now it is....the job in itself is the same
doesnt matter the company. I mention these companies because previously i had
applied to them too but got rejected heheheh
about applying to these airlines and getting rejected, god thats the hardest
part...ONE OF THE HARDEST part in my life was these rejections. It took me 3
years and 1000 rejections before i scored Etihad. I did Emirates 4 times, i did Qatar 3 times, i did British Airways 1 time, i even did Thomson 1 time before
i scored Etihad...all of this over the course of 3 years. At that time i didnt knew about
Flydubai, if i knew i would 100% apply to them too hehehehe
began with a dream i had, which i never thought i would ever score. But i
chased it like it was the last thing i ever could do, i was so obsessed with
it, the fire in me or the obsession turned into determination and the driving
force in me. Seriously i just had to score that job of my dreams, even if it would
take me years and i would get grey hair heheeh. I would fly back home from assessments or open days crying,
after rejections, it was truly painful to lose....and i was thinking what i did wrong...WHEN TODAY i know i didnt do any wrong and perhaps that time wasnt meant to be, or i wasnt lucky that day who knows.
regained my strength and started the engines to chase it ALL OVER AGAIN....heheeh i was
nuts.....but i guess you know this is YOUR THING or YOUR BURNING PASSION for this
chapter in life ❤ WHEN YOU ARE CRAZY IN LOVE WITH YOUR DREAM.❤
chapter in our lives has its own Struggle and Beauty. But truly i feel this job changed me to a much better person i am today. It also opened a new door for me for new goals/dreams in life. So i will forever be thankful for this experience.
....its totally like a GAME thought...we enter this game knowing we
will either win or lose, we buy this ticket aka ´´applying´´... than after we apply its not in our
control anymore.....after we do the final interview its no longer in our hands anymore....
Even if its a painful game to play with all the emotions up and down...still its all worth it....cause its the fruit of our hardwork we seek...the reward after such hardship....❤
IS WORTH IT AT THE END...when you get the GOLDEN TICKET TO YOUR DREAMS ❤
or the positive email you receive that you passed the final interview ❤
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or when your application status online, changes to whatever final status ❤
I just felt
the urge to write this and share some emotions and thoughts about my time with etihad and what it gave me and what i gained and learned... ...i hope this motivate YOUUUUU ❤ dear
lovely reader to NOT STOP...keep chasing your dreams....if u fall,,,,stand
up again and keep walking again.......if you get rejected, dont let it define
you....dont let it dim the light inside your heart....❤.....make another light....and let it shine bright inside you... Regardless of what company you wish to join as a crew
Just dont give up because of the obstacles in your path....you will make it...and believe in yourself ❤ Dont let
anyone or anything stop you from getting there...and never think negative...the
road might be long and difficult...but thats ok..cause with struggle we become
stronger......even when the storm hit you....just ride it out and come out of it
stronger and braver............❤
painful and damn hard....but without dreams......what do we live for?
walking dear.......soon that golden ticket will be yours ❤ and a whole
different amazing life is ahead of you....you deserve that ❤
And as always if you have any questions let me know in the comment section or send me a message via the ´´contact me form´´ ❤
From the bottom of my heart i truly wish you the best.....we will see what tomorrow will bring for all of us.....❤
(((LOL, so many points below are soooo true :-)))))
Flight attendants, pilots,
and engineers submitted responses to “things that most airline passengers don’t
know”, though I’d counter that most frequent travelers are aware of many of
1. The true story behind
those oxygen masks – If the oxygen masks drop down, you only have about 15
minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling them down. However, that is more
than enough time for the pilot to take us to a lower altitude where you can breathe
normally. More important – at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you
pass out. Put yours on first, then do your kids. Passing out for a few seconds
won’t harm the kids.
2. The water in the
lavatories is very dirty too - Whatever you do, do not drink the water in
the lav. It is bad enough to “wash” your hands in it. We sanitize the water
tank at selected maintenance intervals, however parasites build tolerances to
these cleaners. Check the outside of the aircraft when walking in. If the
paint is crappy shape, the plane is in crappy shape. Skydrol (hydraulic fluid)
is a nasty fluid and will dissolve everything. So if the paint is missing, it’s
probably from a skydrol leak. No one wants a hydraulic leak at 35,000 ft in the
air. As you can’t just pull over and top the reservoir off.
3. The REAL reason the
lights on the airplane dim when landing - When a plane is landing at
night, they dim the interior lights in case you need to evacuate upon landing…
your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness so you’ll be able to see better
once outside the plane.
4. Lightning and the power
of a pilot - My dad’s been an airline pilot for almost 20 years, and
apparently planes get struck by lightning all the time. Also if a passenger is
causing a scene in the jetway he can refuse to let them on and take off without
them. The captain has almost limitless authority when the doors are
closed. He is allowed to arrest people, write fines and even take the will of a
5. Those lavatories unlock
from the outside - You are able to unlock airplane lavatories from the
outside. There is usually a lock mechanism concealed behind the no smoking
badge on the door. Just lift the flap up and slide the bolt to unlock.
6. A true story of a bomb
threat - I have a friend who’s a commercial pilot. Around five years ago
he was doing a flight from LA to Tokyo when an anonymous caller phoned in a
bomb threat while they were over the middle of the Pacific. Apparently they
have procedures for this kind of thing, but there was nothing anyone could do
in this situation except stay calm and not alert the passengers (obviously). He
said for the rest of the flight every bump of turbulence made his adrenaline
spike. They took this case especially seriously because there was a group of foreign
dignitaries sitting in the first class cabin.
7. Regarding food on the
plane - My dad works for a large airline, he told me a few little things –
2 pilots are served different meals and cannot share, this is done in
case of food poisoning Stealing food, even if they are going to throw it
out can get you fired instantly. You can ask your supervisor, but you cannot
take food. They don’t want people messing with it.
8. The truth about flying
with pets - I am an aircraft fueler. One thing I cannot stress enough
is how your pets are treated. While your airline will take the best possible
actions, some things cannot be avoided, like the noise on the ramp. I cannot
stand out there without ear protection, and imagine your pet sitting out there
on the ramp waiting to be loaded onto the plane being exposed to the same
amount of noise I am. Please people, think twice before flying your pets.
9. What flight attendants
really do after telling the plane to turn off their electronics - My
sister is a flight attendant, she says after she tells everyone to turn off all
electronics, she goes to the back and pulls out her phone and starts texting.
10. A trick for making more
space for yourself - Arm rests – aisle and window seat: Run your hand
along the underside of the armrest, just shy of the joint you’ll feel a button.
Push it, and it will lift up. Adds a ton of room to the window seat and makes
getting out of the aisle a helluva lot easier.
11. Don’t drink water on a
plane that didn’t come from a bottle - Former Lufthansa cargo agent
here. Do not EVER drink water on an aircraft that did not come from a
bottle. Don’t even TOUCH IT. The reason being the ports to purge lavatory shit
and refill the aircraft with potable water are within feet from each other and
sometimes serviced all at once by the same guy. Not always, but if you’re not
on the ramp watching, you’ll never know.
12. On the importance of
locking your bags - Lock your bags, carry-on bags included. Look
online or in a travel store for TSA-approved locks. The TSA has keys to open
those locks in case they need to further inspect them (and hopefully not steal
from them). And most people don’t think to lock their carry-on, but especially
now with load factors very high, more and more people are having to gate check bags.
Once you drop your bag at the end of the jetway for gate-checking, anyone from
a fellow passenger, to a gate agent, to a ramp agent has access to your bag.
13. How a pilot approaches
landing - When you experience a hard landing in bad weather it wasn’t
because of a lack of pilot skills but it is in fact intentional. If the runway
is covered in water the airplane has to touch down hard in order to puncture
the water layer and prevent aqua planing. “Landings are nothing more than
controlled crashes.” Pilot friend quote.
14. Tipping could go a long
way - My girlfriend is a flight attendant. NO ONE tips flight attendants.
If you give your FA a fiver with your first drink you’ll probably drink for
free the rest of the flight.
15. Pilots are sleeping
most of the time - 1/2 of pilots sleep while flying and 1/3 of the time
they wake up to find their partner asleep.
16. Just because you’re
flying with a big airline, doesn’t mean the pilots are experienced
- Regional airline pilot here. You may have bought a ticket on Delta,
United, or American, but chances are you’ll be flying on a subcontractor. That
means the pilots have a fraction of the experience, training, and pay of the
big mainline carrier. Also, I don’t get paid enough to care if you make your
connection. Most of the time we fly slower than normal to make more money. The
only time we fly fast is if ATC tells us to or if it’s the go home leg.
17. The truth behind
turning off electronics - Pilot here. Having to turn off electronics on a
plane is totally useless. Mobile electronic devices won’t really bring an
airplane down but they can be really annoying to pilots. Just imagine sitting
in the flightdeck descending to your destination and hearing the interference
of a 100+ cellphones picking up a signal. I have missed a clearance or 2 that
18. Sky Mall is one big
rip-off – Known Secret: All of the stuff in Sky Mall can be purchased on
the internet for much less money.
19. How your checked bags
are really treated - If it says “fragile,” it’s getting thrown harder. If
it’s says this side up, it’s going to be upside down. We have to fit freight
and 100+ bags in a cargo pit. It has to fit how it’s going to fit…I will tell
you that when we see “I heart baggage handlers” bag tags…We take special care
of your shit.
20. A flight attendant
reveals just how dirty everything truly is - I worked for Southwest as a
flight attendant. Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and
stuffed back in the bins between flights. Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an
originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you
have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched
your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty
diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw
them cleaned or sanitized once.
21. A loophole so you never
have to pay baggage fees - You can almost always gate check baggage
(unless it’s abnormally large) take two large carry-ons and ask then to gate
check one. It’s free and I never pay fees.
22. Most flights are also
carrying human organs - The majority of domestic flights have human
remains or organs on them. I work below wing as a baggage handler. Watch out
the window for long boxes that say, “Head” at one end… Oh, and I can fit 150
bags in bin 3 of a Boeing 737-300.
23. Airports haven’t
covered all of their security bases yet - There are actually legitimate
security loopholes that, if widely known, would let average citizens get right
next to airliners, runways, and taxiways. Like any system, if you know how it
works, you know where the cracks are.
24. Planes without engines
can still glide for a really long time - A pilot told me if both engines
fail, a plane can glide 6 nautical miles for every 5000 feet. So at 35,000
feet, a plane can glide about 42 miles without power. Its why most accidents
happen during landing or taking off.
25. The drinking water used
for coffee and tea is FILTHY - The drinking water, that used for making
coffee, tea, etc., should NEVER be consumed. The holding tanks in these
sometimes 60 year old planes are never cleaned. They have accumulated so much
greenish grime on the walls that in some places it can be inches
thick. This one is very known by all airline employees.
26. Why it’s always easier
to just take the batteries out - Women: if you pack a toy in your bag,
take the batteries out. Because if I’m loading your bag, and I hear it
vibrating I have to tell my lead. Then my lead has to come pull you off the
aircraft and you have to open your bag and turn off your toy in front of a
bunch of giggling grown ass men.
27. Planes have a hard time
flying on hot days - I worked the ramp in Phoenix. On especially hot days,
we had to offload cargo because planes struggled to take off in the thin air.
28. Even the headphones
that come wrapped up aren’t new - I used to work for warehouse that
supplied a certain airline with items. The headsets that are given to you are
not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned”,
and then packaged again.
29. How to tell from the
ground if a plane is being hijacked - If the plane is being hijacked when
the pilot lands they will leave the wing flaps up that slow the plane down,
this is to signal the airport that there is something happening in the plane.
30. The real reason there
are still ashtrays in the lavatories - Here’s one: ashtrays in the
lavatories are mandatory equipment even though the FAA banned smoking on
flights years ago. The reasoning is that if people do decide to smoke, they
want them to have a place other than the trash can to throw the butt.