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The truth behind the Instagram snaps: Cabin crew reveal the things they hate most about their job

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You’ve got seen the glamorous Instagram snaps – now read in regards to the ugly and shocking reality of being a flight attendant.

Jay Roberts, who has worked as senior cabin crew for Emirates, asked flight attendants world wide via his popular Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge network to list the highest three things they hate about their job. Then he published a listing of the highest six responses, along along with his thoughts on why they were flagged to him.

Here they’re in reverse order…

6 – unruly passengers

Jay writes: ‘Passengers are one in every of the fundamental reasons most of us join as flight attendants. We love meeting travellers and ensuring they stay protected and cozy during their time within the sky. Nevertheless, do not be fooled by our friendly smiles. That love quickly turns to detest when passengers take their frustrations and bad manners out on us.

Jay Roberts, who has worked as senior cabin crew for Emirates, asked flight attendants world wide via his popular Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge network to list the highest three things they hate about their job

‘I highlight [on my social media pages] the countless acts of unreported aggression, as flight attendants are sometimes too exhausted to handle the reporting process.’

Jay notes that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigated 91 cases of unruly passenger behaviour within the U.S in 2017 – and 1,099 in 2021.

5 – working at no cost and disorganised operations

‘It’s no secret most pilots earn the massive bucks working up the front,’ writes Jay on his post. ‘Nevertheless, many are unaware that down the back, the flight attendants who’re busy during boarding saying good morning and helping you deal together with your seating and luggage issues are doing so at no cost.

‘A typical practice at airlines is to pay the crew only when the door closes or when the brakes are released on pushback. Like passengers, crew hate delays, but unlike passengers who’re there on their very own will, your crew is waiting around at work and never getting paid for it.’

The proven fact that crew often don’t live near their base of operations exacerbates the problem, says Jay, with last-minute schedule changes one other dislike widely recommend on this category.

4 – bad memory

‘It’s unsurprising that memory loss got here in because the fourth thing flight attendants hate about their job,’ writes Jay. ‘Many ex-crew said they felt the consequences on their memory long after they gave up their wings. Hypoxia, jetlag, irregular sleep, and stress are the fundamental contributing aspects to our memory decline.’

3 – health, sickness, and weight loss plan issues

Based on data collected from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, says Jay, the publication ranked flight attendant because the No.8 unhealthiest job on its list of ’47 jobs that can all the time be bad in your health’.

'A common practice at airlines is to pay the crew only when the door closes or when the brakes are released on pushback,' reveals Jay

‘A typical practice at airlines is to pay the crew only when the door closes or when the brakes are released on pushback,’ reveals Jay

'An appropriate synonym for flight attendant could be fatigue attendant,' writes Jay

‘An appropriate synonym for flight attendant could possibly be fatigue attendant,’ writes Jay

Jay Roberts, who has worked as senior cabin crew for Emirates

Jay Roberts, who has worked as senior cabin crew for Emirates

Jay adds: ‘The highest health risks listed were exposure to contaminants, disease, infections, minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings. Flight attendants I asked listed dry skin, limited access to healthy food, back injuries, bloating, and insomnia as their top ailments.’

2 – feeling lonely

Jay says: ‘It seems hard to consider that somebody who spends most of their days confined in a small tube within the sky with a whole lot of individuals could feel so alone. But the reality is when the buh-byes finish, we’re isolated in our hotel rooms in far-off lands away from our homes and support networks.’

1 – fatigue and exhaustion

‘An appropriate synonym for flight attendant could possibly be fatigue attendant,’ writes Jay, ‘because every flight attendant I’ve ever known is always trying to take care of their fatigue. It is a battle few ever win. The more time zones we cross, the more jetlag we amass, and in some unspecified time in the future in our careers, we surrender and learn to live with an overdrawn account in our sleep bank.

‘The exhaustion could be so severe it is not unusual to walk into the partitions of our hotel rooms once we stand up to make use of the restroom during our deep-death-like sleep.

‘Most flight attendants we asked echoed this experience, saying again and again on trips, they get up not knowing where they’re, what day, month, and even yr it’s.’

For more from Jay visit www.instagram.com/aflyguytravels and www.facebook.com/aflyguyslounge.

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