Below is a blog post submitted by a reader and is reproduced from Hilary’s blog
This day, last year 30 April 2014, I quit my job as a stewardess at SQ.
I’ve never done a “reflection” post but I’ve been planning to write one today for weeks now even if I weren’t Editor’s Pick. I really wanted to just get this out of my system
I was so so so happy. Even 3 weeks prior to quitting, I was so filled with relief and happiness when I finally submitted my resignation letter.
Ok it’s not a BAD job. There are always two sides to something.
Now that I’ve quit flying I feel like my lifespan has increased by 10 years- no more stress or pekchek-ness. After I quit, my parents told me that I became myself again. I was less grouchy, less quick to anger & I was nicer again.
I had a love-hate relationship with the job.
No doubt, on the surface it seems so glamorous and fun to be a crew, you get to shop in Paris, go to USA, have breakfast in Tokyo and lunch in LA but the work is tough. Crew really work very hard for the money!
You are not only a waitress in the air, but also a safety officer, baggage porter, bar tender, toilet cleaner, policeman, babysitter, maid etc. The list goes on. Many girls don’t know this before they join and they’re in for the shock of their lives once they start the job.
My batchgirls and I used to countdown so often till bond ended which also was the day we could finally quit. Some times we also asked each other to help us calculate how much we would have to pay back if we left now (before the bond ended).
Even during the 3 months of training, it was so tiring because we had so many lessons and also exams. Exams such as role-playing and MCQs on the computer and the passing mark was 80% sometimes. STC was literally like a secondary school, they way the trainers treated us, how our attire was so important etc. Maybe I’ll continue more in SQ training school part 2!
This was how I looked like during training! It was taken in May 2012 just before our graduation.
We all looked super toot After we bacame more senior, all our hairstyle and makeup changed, our ‘hump’ started to get higher the more senior we got. If you look at some stewardess you’ll see that their hair will be very high and poofy at the crown of the head- that’s the “stewardess hump”.
I enjoyed flying during my first few months. I enjoyed the work, probably because it was new to me and quite challenging. However, it went downhill after that.
I began to get sick of it. I could work well, I did my job well but because of the irregular eating/sleeping hours, I fell ill so many times especially during my first year. I took at least 7 days of MC during my first year and it’s wasn’t chao geng one.
I was so afraid that my probation would get extended (new crew are on probation for 6 months and after a review from your ward leader, they will become confirmed crew). There were so many stories of P plates (that’s what we call probationary crew) getting their probation extended because they took MC. It’s as if p plates weren’t allowed to fall sick.
I remember dragging my feet to work.
It got so bad to a point where I used to cry before going on flights. My batchgirl experienced this pre-flight blues too and I was quite comforted that I wasn’t the only one. I cried because I dreaded going to work, I dreaded the work itself- the nonstop labour intensive work where you literally walk to London.
Also I didn’t want to be away from my family. It was quite bad I really hated this and asked myself why I wanted this job so badly in the first place. Like I said, you won’t know what you’re in for until you finally join this industry.
In this job, you’ll miss out on birthdays, weddings, Christmas, Chinese New Years etc & it is very sad. In 2013 I spent Christmas Eve & day alone in the hotel room in New York & I felt so shitty.
There was once I was still on probation and was on standby. Standby meaning that control centre could call you up for any flight, especially if a crew had reported sick on that particular flight so you have to take her place.
My granny was critically ill, she could pass away any moment.
I took the trouble to get a doctor’s note from the hospital, saying that my granny was critically ill and I went all the way to control centre to pass them the note. They said ok, they would put a remark next to my roster:
“TURNAROUND FLIGHTS ONLY, GRANDMA CRITICALLY ILL”
They said they would call me up for turnaround flights so I could still be in Singapore.
That night, I received a call from control. I got called up for a flight…. TO AUCKLAND.
I called control immediately and told them why was I called up for a 4 day flight? I thought you were supposed to call me up for turnaround flights only?
And you know what they said?
“Girl, you cannot expect us to NOT call you up on standby you know??? You no need to work?”
I was boiling.
“I’m not telling you NOT to call me up, but I had a remark next to my roster about calling me up for turnaround flights only?”
This was the best, the woman replied
“WHAT REMARK? DONT HAVE!”
Wa. I wanted to flip table.
“YES THERE WAS. You want me to show you? I took a screenshot.”
She kept silent.
“What’s the point of me taking the trouble to get the doctors note and coming all the way to give it to you???”
Anyway long story short, I had to do the flight. Crew will know how people in control centre LACK compassion. I heard from a colleague that her granny had passed away a while ago and she called control crying and although she was given 2 days compassionate leave it wasn’t enough.
And somehow she wasn’t allowed to take no pay leave.
Although crying on the phone, control didn’t once say “oh I’m so sorry for your loss”. It’s as if they didn’t have any family. In the end, she went to get her wisdom teeth extracted just so she could get a weeks MC. She said she went to the funeral with a swollen face and bawled her eyes out.
Anyway back to my story, before the flight I told my IFS my situation and he asked me if I was sure I wanted to do this flight. I told him I didn’t have a choice cause I was on probation and I didn’t want things to get complicated and as a result I would get extended. During the flight, I couldn’t work at all, my heart and mind wasn’t focused that day. I kept thinking of my Granny lying unresponsive in the hospital.
When I got into Auckland, a few hours after checking into the hotel room, my mum called me. Granny passed away.
I bawled my eyes out. I was so so sad, so angry with control, so upset that I didn’t get to say bye to my granny. To make it worse, I was all alone in the hotel room crying non stop.
It was 2am at that time so I called my IFS and broke down over the phone.
He was really very nice. He didn’t sleep a wink and he called office and the hotel and they managed to get me on the next flight out the following afternoon. I was feeling so horrid on the way back in the plane.
I arrived in Singapore just in time for the wake. I cried when I saw my parents and my granny’s coffin.
I was thinking of really complaining about this but I decided not to. As a probationary crew i didn’t want to complicate things so I just had to suck thumb.
I remember always pulling a long face, (even though I had flown for more than a year) feeling my heart sinking as my mum turned into terminal 3 to drop me off. I always wished the car ride would last longer. With a really sad/grumpy face I would get out of the car, get my cabin bag from the boot and tell my mum
“I don’t wanna go flight!!! I don’t wanna go to Sydney” and very often I’m close to tears. I didn’t care that there were other people around waiting for their pickup I just couldn’t hide my sadness. It was really tough. Imagine a stewardess all dolled up with hair neat in a bun sulking and on the verge of tears.
My mum would then comfort me saying
“It’s ok!! Faster go and faster come back ok then we go out tgh and makan!!!”
Funny how I always sulk about going to work but once onboard, I’m ok. Like ok as in happy again, suddenly all the misery and dread about work is momentarily gone but maybe it’s just auto-pilot taking over. There are things to get done.
The work is really super labour intensive!! Crew will enter the aircraft about 20 minutes before boarding of passengers. Within these 20 minutes there’s so much to do!!!!!!
•Set up newspaper trolley, cut all the newspapers meant for 200+ people and display them nicely
•arrange the menucards
•dress the toilets with moisturiser, edt, toilet paper and rolls, make sure lavatory call light is working
• combine headset bags, 3 into 2 because 1 bag only has 50 headsets and there are probably more than 120 people in the cabin.
• heat up towels
• do a security sweep for the cabins
For the stewards
• organise galley
•make sure there’s enough coffee and tea pots and breadbaskets
•check meals with the caterer, make sure all the meals and special meals that’s supposed to be there, are there.
• for business class is even worse because there’s crockery instead of trays and the guys need to arrange everything.
In other airlines like Qantas, there’s NO ground duties to do. My dad’s friend worked there. The crew just make themselves a cup of coffee and wait for passengers to board. But for SQ is different. The crew do everything because it saves $
The girls are the ones who face and serve passengers most. Our duties are all cabin-related. The boys are in the galleys. They are like a chef in the kitchen so most of the times, they just do galley work like heating up meals, preparing drinks, arranging stuff etc. The stewardesses are the ones who face the wrath of passengers most of the time.
There was once when I was about 3-4 months into flying, I touched down into Singapore from Delhi early in the morning- it was an overnight flight. Needless to say I was so exhausted and delirious. Andrew was so sweet he came to pick me up from the airport.
He asked if we could swing by to the coffee shop to Dabao breakfast for himself and my family. I was so groggy and tired I thought okay, maybe it’s gonna take a while only. So he made a detour and I waited in the carpark while he went to dabao food.
By the way, stewardesses aren’t allowed to eat outside let alone be seen in their uniform apart from the airport. We can’t even take away food from the coffee shops that’s below our house when you’re in uniform. You have to change. What is this stewardess don’t need to eat is it?!
I was waiting in the car. I was so exhausted that even if there was a mosquito on my arm feasting on my blood I would just let it continue sucking. That tired. All I yearned for was to go home, remove my makeup and take a shower and sleep. Somehow Andrew took longer than usual and it felt like an eternity.
Suddenly I burst into tears. I sobbed because I was just so so so so so exhausted and this time Andrew came into the car all worried and shocked. Poor him, I even scolded him
“WHY MUST YOU DABAO BREAKFAST. IM DAMN TIRED ALREADY YOU KNOW YOU TAKE SO LONG SOMEMORE I WANT TO SLEEP!! BRING ME HOME NOW”
Andrew was stunned & drove me home ASAP.
You know the feeling of being so tired to the point where you can’t sleep? Happened to me so many times. When I get home I cry and remove makeup at the same time in my bed, when it takes me so long to fall asleep, I will just cry because I’m very “mang” & frustrated and unknowingly cry myself to sleep. It’s that bad.
I was very blessed. I didn’t get zapped by other senior crew (hierarchy is a big thing in SQ. Like even when you eat you must ask your senior to eat first etc). I didn’t get bullied or anything. So many people had very bad experiences but I am just very very blessed
In this job, you cannot argue or explain your actions. For example if your boss asks you “why you do this??” And if you try explaining yourself, it is seen as being argumentative and defensive. You should just say “sorry I won’t do it again”. Even if you are right, you are wrong sometimes. It doesn’t make sense and I hate this.
And if your boss tells you off and tells you how to do things the “correct” way, you just gotta suck thumb and say “oh I’m so sorry. Thank you for sharing with me I will take note”. I cannot stand it. Obviously I don’t mean it but I HAVE to do this to survive. No choice.
I think passengers are easier to deal with as compared to the crew. Once you have awesome crew, it’s considered a good flight even though you have nasty passengers. In SQ, crew fear passengers but in other airlines, the passengers fear the crew. We cannot say no. This is really bad because it has led to some passengers being so spoilt, unreasonable and they demand for the moon.
It’s like in a buffet, you pay $30 but you will eat $60 worth of food. Same goes for some of the passengers that fly SIA. Not all like this though. Quite sad that some Singaporeans especially behave this way. Whenever we see Singaporeans onboard, we sigh because it means there are bound to be complains.
During the pre-flight briefings our superiors will warn us especially when doing flights like HKG where there are so many Singaporeans onboard and HKG flights are flights with the HIGHEST complain rate.
Once the CEO was on my HKG flight, it was some kind of thing where they came down and try to see an actual meal service and have some hands-on experience.
We took a photo with him!! I remember I worked with such nice crew that day they are such nice people HKG flights can be really really crazy so really thank God for good colleagues.
We gotta be extra careful when handling Singaporeans because they aways think the crew are biased to the Ang Mohs. We are really not biased. It’s just that Ang Mohs are generally more friendly & they tend to engage in more conversation with the crew.
They would ask us questions about our personal life, where was our next flight, what country we loved most etc therefore just because we seem to make small talk or laugh with Ang moh passengers doesn’t mean we are biased towards them. They just happen to be a lot friendlier and interactive.
However there is one sad truth:
Ang Moh passengers tend to be more polite than Asian passengers.
I’ve met nasty Ang moh passengers before & I’ve met really nice & sweet Singaporean/Asian passengers as well.
When someone is nice to me, I will be nice to them too. Kindness begets kindness, it’s really natural for you to treat someone who is nice to you the same way.
But for those who are rude to me, I will still treat them with some respect cause after all they are paying customers however obviously I won’t be as nice to them as I am to really nice passengers.
It’s so difficult to be nice to nasty people.
But some Singaporeans/asians are really sooooo nice and when I do find these gems, I make sure I am extra extra nice to them!!! I will definitely go all the way to accede to their request. I also really like all the old makciks they are soooo cute and friendly!!!
Mostly when I see Singaporeans on board I will be nicer to them because… 自己人 what. Usually most are quite nice but there’s this large handful that really behaves as if they own the airlines. Very proud & very rude.
Let me give an example.
This is the difference between an Angmoh and a Singaporean:
*this does not represent ALL angmohs and ALL Singaporeans. Some Singaporeans are nice*
(THIS IS A TRUE ACCOUNT)
🏻: Hi Sir welcome onboard!!!!!!!
🏼: Oh Hello!! How are you??
🏻: I’m fine thank you, how are you?
🏻: Hi Sir welcome onboard!
🏻: Straits Times.
What is this? No greeting me back but straightaway asking for straits times? NO PLEASE OR THANK YOU SOMEMORE. This is too much. This happened to me on a Jakarta turn where there are so many businessmen. One businessmen actually did this “Straits Times” thing to me. Really very rude but obviously I couldn’t correct him
When asking for a drink:
(BTW THIS IS A REAL LIFE ACCOUNT )
*presses call light*
🏻: Yes mam you pressed the call light? Can I help you?
🏼: Oh yes if it’s not too much trouble could I please get a coke? Only when you’re free, no hurry! Sorry for the trouble and thank you so much!
Heart melt. I love this kind of passengers. So polite & sweet how to say no??? No matter how busy I am I will stop, drop and roll to the galley to get her a coke. And when she got the coke, she was so thankful!!! She was like
“Oh thank you so much!!!! Sorry to trouble you again!!!”
One nice passenger sometimes can make up for 5 bad passengers
SINGAPOREAN LADY(True story)
*presses call light*
: yes mam you pressed the call light? Can I help you?
: ONE COKE.
No please, no thank you, no nothing.
Even when I brought the coke to her, SHE DIDNT SAY THANK YOU. Sometimes I just say “you’re welcome” even if they didn’t say thank you and I’ll walk away #likeaboss I really cannot stand rudeness!
You see? And people still say crew prefer Ang Mohs. It doesn’t mean you pay for a service means you can treat the service providers like they are below you. “Please” and “Thank Yous” are just very basic manners that everyone deserves from each other.
I just don’t like how passengers really think that SIA is a “premium airline” so they expect really “premium service” and abuse it.
There was once I did this flight to Sydney. It was a A380, it can take 399 passengers in economy class so you can imagine the chaos. Sydney flights are really really tough and A LOT of crew always take MC for Sydney flights, yes it’s THAT bad. You practically walk all the way to Sydney and you work until your panties become a G-string.
There was this young indian couple (I’m not being racist but it’s really easier for me to distinguish them) and an elderly Caucasian man seated in the same row. During boarding I was so busy running around trying to direct passengers to the seats and making sure the compartments are closed and everyone is seated. Suddenly this Indian man wanted my attention. He was those kind of educated indian who spoke good English.
He was talking to the old man next to him and they were gesturing about the hat. I was nearby so I could hear a little of their conversation and I could tell the old man didn’t really want to put his hat in the closet, he wanted to have it with him.
The indian man got my attention and asked
“Hilary right?” He looked at my nametag.
“Can you please hang this gentleman’s hat for him?”
The Indian man and the old man were completely unrelated, they were strangers.
So I smiled & said sure!! I’ll put it in the closet but that guy continued and said
“You know SIA is a premium airline, you should offer to hang the hat. We are paying so much for the service you know…”
I completely lost it. I was so busy already running around like a headless chicken, directing passengers to their seats, trying to ease the traffic jam happening in the already very narrow aisle…
I told him
“Sir, there are at least 200 people I have to take care of on this plane, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PASSENGER ON THIS PLANE. There are so many of you, I wouldn’t know if you have a hat that you want me to put in the closet. You have to TELL ME then I’ll know!!!” This was the first time I actually told a passenger off.
Then I turned to the sweet old man who was THE OWNER OF THE HAT and told him very sweetly
“Sir, I’ll put your hat in the closet ok? You can just tell me if you want it to be hung, don’t worry I’ll gladly do it for you”
Then I stared at the nosey man and left. THIS PEOPLE AH. I left to put the hat in closet and as I walked back, the man smiled at me sheepishly and said thank you. Buay tahan.
Usually yes, when I happen to see people with business jackets, I will definitely offer to hang it for them before they even ask me to. However sometimes I’m really so so busy running around because there are tons to do! Sometimes passengers have problems finding a space in the overhead compartment and I have to assist so I may not be able to anticipate your needs.
I was very blessed that I went for business class training and during my last 4 months of flying life, I worked in business class and it was HEAVENNNNNNNN.
It’s so much easier. On a 777 aircraft, 228 people in economy vs 46 passengers to serve , what would you choose? Of course 46 which was business class.
Business class service has more finesse, you don’t rush the meal service like in EY. It’s a table layout service so it’s starts with appetiser, maincourse, dessert and it ends with cheese and fruit.
Somehow the passengers in business class are a lot easier because all they want to do is sleep. Some do not even want to eat anything. We have to offer some passengers food and drinks because during the whole flight they don’t even take anything.
EY on the other hand…. Everybody wants to eat everything and drink everything lull period is not lull at all, the call lights go on and it’s like a Christmas tree seriously, so many adhoc orders like biscuits, beer, drinks, gin tonic etc even AFTER meal service. It’s really very scary sometimes. In business class however, lull period the crew are so free cause all the passengers are sleeping or doing their work.
This is why sometimes after business class is done with meal service, the leaders will send crew down to EY to help out with the meal service because there are just not enough men power in EY.
However I think this is only prevalent on SQ flights? When I took British Airways to London, NO BODY PRESSED THE CALL LIGHT AT ALL.
When they wanted a drink, people walked to the galleys to ask the crew for it. On SQ flights…. Some passengers who are just seated at the last row of the plane & the galley is just behind, they still press the call light and ask for a drink. This, we all cannot tahan.
On a 777, say it’s a full flight in EY. There are only 2 galleys & 6 crew to serve 228 passengers. It is really VERY little, even one extra crew would make such a big difference. I heard on thai airways, there are 2 stewardesses PER aisle!! On a 777 there’s only 1 stewardess per aisle. The leading (green uniform) has to “downgrade” and do a blue colour’s job and take the other aisle, at the same time she has to do her green uniform duties such as sales, write reports etc.
They are very poor thing, really worked to the bone.
Apart from all these negativity like the rude passengers and all, I really learned a lot. Like my tolerance capacity tank has increased so much and I’m able to take more shit. Hahaha nah but seriously, I’m thankful for being able to visit so many countries (although we have only 24 hours on shorthaul flights and 1.5 days on longhaul flights) and flying helped me save so much money! Plus because of this I managed to pay for my wedding.
Also another very important thing- I didn’t fall into the trap of buying branded things
I think also another major why I left was because I hated the culture and the vices associated with this job.
Flying can be bad especially if you end up falling into the life of vice.
It’s temptation island- pretty girls, handsome boys, 4 star hotel rooms.
Being surrounded in such a work environment you really really have to keep on guard and watch yourself to make sure you don’t give in to temptations like drinking, smoking etc. Not ALL crew drink and smoke and party but majority do.
If you have made “rules” for yourself, stand by it and don’t falter. It is very very hard I know.
I’m no exception. I’m only human & fall too.
Before I started flying, I’ve never said the cursed & swore or said the F word.
Once I started flying, every one around me was cursing and swearing so much. F here, F there, F every where. I was constantly in this toxic environment and I was hearing curse words non stop and unknowingly such things got to me.
I swore once onboard before because I was so fed up with some passengers because the call lights were going on so often and I walked up & down so many times and I was sleep deprived. I remember going into the galley and just cursing. I was so exasperated I just went
It’s not me to swear. The worst things I would say is “WALAO”, “STUPID”, “IDIOT”, “ASSHOLE” and “SHIT”. I don’t curse but I just want to show you that how easy it is to be negatively influenced. I thought about it and decided that I have to put an end to this swearing because it wasn’t me. There is nothing to be proud of if you swear.
I stopped after that. It was hard because every one around me was cursing so freely but I succeeded.
Can you imagine other “bad habits” like drinking, smoking & splurging on branded bags? Once you start, you may not be able to stop.
Sometimes when I went to Chanel or Prada stores with crew & when they bought stuff, honestly it was very very tempting. Why was I even hesitating? I could well afford it. Every one was buying something, be it spending almost $200 on just a tiny Prada Credit Card holder or $50 on a key chain, sometimes they bought they just for the sake of it or simply just because they could.
I didn’t want to start on anything because these branded goods could be very very addictive.
In 2 years of flying, I only bought 2 expensive full priced branded items for myself- a Prada wallet & a Kate Spade Bag. I stopped there. I made sure I stopped at the Kate Spade bag because I wanted to give myself a “present” as I was going to quit the airlines in 2 months then. So the Kate Spade bag was my last expensive buy.
The best is not to walk into the trap cause sometimes it is hard to stop. Try not to even buy anything especially on impulse. If you’ve never tasted ice cream, you won’t crave for it.
I must have been a boring crew.
One chief asked me one day
“Do you drink?”
“HARH?? THEN WHAT DO YOU DO?”
stay home with my mama lor.
Apart from the not so good side about the job, I really enjoyed the crew life for 2 years. Good money, the awesome food from different countries, the people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned.
So today last year, I touched down from my last flight- SQ2 SIN-HKG-SFO and I came back from Hong Kong.
My last #crewfie in the HKG hotel!
My last view from my office
Last few pictures I took of the business class galley.
The lovely ladies I worked with for my last flight
As you can see I stuffed the name list in my Kebaya top hahaha.
By right not allowed to do it but…. By left can
Last time in the cabin
I don’t know why I’m feeling so sad now lol.
A very happy me!!! Sorry after flight my lipstick and blusher were all gone hahaha see I told you HKG flights are really rough!
All in all, if you ask me if I would let my daughter fly next time, I would say no. I would definitely discourage her but it’s also dependent on one’s personality type. My parents were crew before and upon hearing my interest to join the airlines, they actually told me not to. The airlines today and 30 years ago is so different.
It was like a holiday last time. They used to have 7 nights in Paris but now, only 2 nights. What sights are you going to see? When you reach the hotel room you just crash out of fatigue and when you wake up its God knows what time already. The next day is your last day in that country and what can you do with a fatigued body? How much can you chiong to see? And next morning, back in the metal tube on the way back to Singapore.
The kind of fatigue a crew experiences is unlike normal fatigue. It’s hard to explain, it’s like a combination of physical fatigue, mental fatigue, being on your feet for hours and also the result of being stuck in a metal tube with low oxygen levels and breathing in recycled air filled with millions of germs.
30 years ago crew earned $5k a month. 30 years later they earn minimum $3.5k a month. On good months $5k but why is it that 30 years ago and now crew are earning the same?? Actually lesser now.
Last time if Meepok was 20 cents but now it’s $3 shouldnt the pay go up too??? And the company keeps decreasing the allowances, super not worth it to fly now.
This was circulating around when we heard that our bonus was only gonna be 1.48!
I’m sure now you understand more, full load is really not funny especially when we don’t have enough of crew! We work so hard but the money keeps going down and bonus so little
If you really want to survive in this job, the only way is to eat humble pie. There’s no “explaining” yourself because in SIA culture it is deemed as defensive and argumentative. I find this ridiculous to be honest. So whatever or whoever corrects you, just say sorry & thank you.
SIA stands for SORRY I APOLOGISE and applicable for fellow crew & passengers.
Also after working in this service line, I’ve come to understand how important it is to be grateful to whoever has served you. A small “thank you” can do wonders.
Even after a rough flight, standing at the door bidding passengers goodbye, even a simple “thank you so much for taking care of us” just warms my heart and makes me so happy that suddenly all the tiredness and anger that was in me just dissipates. It’s like all my slogging during the flight was all worth while.
Now I make sure I am even nicer to people like waitresses. When my food takes a little longer than usual, I’m more patient because I can understand it may not be their fault. Same, if the plane was delayed by weather and the passengers scold us. It’s not our fault I didn’t make it rain or have a thunderstorm but we always take the blame because we are the last people the passengers get to see.
(Image from cabincrewvines)
So true!! And sometimes we also have to be money changers and experts about airports in other countries. We get asked “what’s the exchange rate of x country and x country?” Errrrrrrr do I look like a money changer to you?
What gate to go to at Frankfurt airport for my connecting flight?? Errr I REALLY DONT KNOW
The only thing that people say that really hurts crew a lot is when they look down on us. They think being a stewardess is a lousy job, a job where people who are not smart/can’t study do. Just a high class waitress serving and cleaning up after people.
This has happened so many times to many crew and one stewardess told me this story as it happened to her.
There was this Singaporean father and his young daughter.
The father told the daughter and pointed at the stewardess and said
You better study hard next time. If not you’ll end up like this Aunty here becoming a stewardess
He said it in front of her.
She told me that she felt so so so angry & hurt.
The best thing is, THIS STEWARDESS HAD A DEGREE AND SHE WAS FROM A LOCAL UNI.
These days most crew are degree holders. Even if they aren’t, you shouldn’t even look down on them. It’s really very very hurtful.
(Image from Google)
This is really so so so true and a lot of people are unaware of this.
I know some people might think that we asked for it because we chose to fly. But honestly if you ask all the crew, we really didn’t know what we were in for and most of us really regret. The work is totally opposite from what you imagine it to be.
This is why so many crew are quitting & therefore there’s cabin crew recruitment so so often.
The younger crew always can quit anytime because they have a degree, they are young.
Imagine the crew who have been flying since 1980s? Most of them only have an O levels cert & if they quit, where are they going to go? There will be no other job now that pays you almost $4.5k especially with a O levels cert. These crew are stuck here for 30 over years, they cannot afford to leave this job no matter how sick & tired they are of it.
Sometimes, passengers are really so sweet. They would buy food for the crew for example tidbits, snacks etc and this simple thing makes us soooo happy because we feel like we are being appreciated! & it’s a good way to score points too
When I flew as a passenger on SQ from London to Singapore, I bought a dozen + 3 Krispy Kreme donuts (15 crew on 777) for the crew.
They didn’t know I was a crew then and I gave it to them before the flight took off & they were so so so happy!!! One by one they came to me and thanked me for the donuts. Even as I disembarked from the aircraft, they thanked me again. So this is how I always show my appreciation to crew onboard! It really will make their day.
I really want to share these because I know a lot of girls are dying to join the airlines just like I did. & they really don’t know what they’re getting themselves into and it’s too late to quit once they get a rude shock. They’re stuck in this for 18 months!
But honestly if you want to fly, just fly for 2 years and leave. It’s a good experience no doubt & you will definitely learn A LOT.
People say that if you don’t leave before 5 years, you are stuck in the airlines for life and it’s really a dead end job.
Getting a promotion is so hard. You have to go back to training school, take courses like wine course, ACTA course, join a CCA etc and all these on your off days you know? It’s as if you don’t need to spend time with your family and after your course, off you fly again. No life.
And also another reason not to fly for so long is because of health.
I’ve read articles before and apparently a cabin crew who has flown for more than 3 years cannot donate their organs. It’s due to all the bad side effects of the job on your health.
You’re exposed to so much radiation, ultraviolet rays and free radicals etc.
I’m not sure how true the article is & I can’t find it anymore…..
But I’ve heard stories of stewardesses having difficulties conceiving. Some have to quit first, rest their bodies for a few months and only then are they able to conceive.
So just imagine the amount of stress flying puts on your body!
Actually come to think of it, I need to thank SQ for 2 years of training because although I’m no longer a stewardess……… I STILL FEEL LIKE ONE.
Every day I am taking care and serving ONE passenger who is in suites class. From serving him his meals, to washing his clothes, putting blanket over him when he sleeps…. NONE OTHER THAN ANDREW.
Very tough passenger and I’m on this flight that’s NEVER ENDING lol!
This passenger is really demanding and annoying. Always pressing the call light and asking me to get him water even though the “galley” is nearby.
What’s worst, I GET SEXUALLY HARASSED BY HIM
Today this passenger left me a note because I was busy working (lol actually dayre-ing)
I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw his note
This flight will NEVER END