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Flight attendants are pretty unique people. Not only can they expertly mix a cocktail at 35,000' with a little turbulence (shaken, not stirred), but they're also trained to snap into action during emergencies and still wave "buh-bye" with a smile at the end of every flight. They're not simply born with the ability; the skills are taught and reinforced through rigorous training, some of which is quite eye-opening.
Here are a few things you probably never would have guessed about flight crews from 5 airlines:
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
“Sexy” Halloween costumes aside (groan), here are some flight attendants who actually made tongues wag in 2014.
Lap dancers, pinup models, drug mules — oh my!
Congratulations! You've made it through the busiest travel day of the year, but with some 45 million projected to fly on U.S. airlines over the next 19 days, the rush is hardly over.
As a passenger, it's your desire to simply get where you're going with as little stress as possible. It's up the flight's crew, both in front of and behind the cockpit door, who make that wish come true. Show them your appreciation during this holiday season with a small gift, and watch the smiles spread.
At the airport
· Starbucks $5 gift cards (or gift cards from other small eateries at the airport)
· A Thank You card, signed by your whole travel party (or, if you're feeling ambitious, the whole plane)
· A travel-themed drawing by your children (here's an example)
· Clear plastic box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates
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Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has the newest, best smartphone, and soon that feeling will include all the flight attendants onboard United Airlines. The carrier just announced that they’re ordering a boatload Apple's freshest offering to aid with in-flight service efficiency.
United was sold on the awesomeness of these little—well, big—devices, as the carrier is bringing the iPhone 6 Plus to 23,000 flight attendants. It's not a holiday present, however; the iPhones will be used to record retail transactions and other purchases aboard flights. Access to corporate email, intranet sites, and even policies and manuals will also be accessed through the new phones. United is even ditching the traditional printed safety manuals, as everything will now be right on the screen.
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A Korean Air Airbus A380 was delayed on departure from New York's JFK Airport for a very
nutty weird reason Friday; there was an onboard disagreement over the presentation of the warm nuts given to Business and First Class flyers before takeoff.
Whether the issue concerned what was (or wasn't) said when the nuts were served or how they were or weren't served, there's no doubt that something went wrong enough to arouse the anger of Korean Air executive (and daughter of the chairman), Heather Cho. Her reaction to a slip-up in the service was to command the aircraft back to the gate at JFK and have the offending crew member removed, causing the flight to take a delay.
For an opinion on the matter we deferred to our friend, and airline catering authority, InflightFeed. What's the correct way to serve nuts in a premium class, disregarding airline-specific fripperies?
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It seems American Airlines is on the cusp of releasing their updated uniform designs to debut in 2015, on both AA and US Airways crew as the companies continue their merger.
The process began way, way back in January 2013; that's nearly two years of work before actual garments were available to preview. In the meantime, the designers, duo KAUFMANFRANCO, were also working on their seasonal runway collections; it's in their Fashion Week credo that they share their raison d'être and a sense of what to expect from the AA uniforms: "We deliver clothes that are deceptively understated but when you take a closer look at them, they are actually quite complex, not based on decoration but on the cut, fabric and detailing.”
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So earlier this year—like way back in January, wow—we heard about an airline launching under the Eastern Air Lines brand. Well it looks like they must have some funding in place; as it appears that things continue to move forward. Now they’re looking for some people to join their planes, so if you ever thought about scoring a flight attendant position now might be the time.
Sure the route network will be limited at first, but getting your foot in the door might just lead to big things further down the line. There’s a form to fill out before hand, and we’re sure updating that resume is probably a good idea as well. If things go well there’s going to be a hiring event on November 22.
Skip the beach for a little bit this weekend, and enjoy a little bit of a fashion show during your time on the islands. This weekend uniforms, accessories, styles, and designs from Hawaiian Airlines will be on display, and if you’re in the neighborhood and have the time—it’s yours to check out.
The presentation from Hawaiian Airlines is all part of their sponsorship of Hawaii Fashion Month. The fun takes place at the MAMo Wearable Arts show at the Hawaii Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public, and it begins around 7:30pm on November 8—that’s Saturday. It’s actually the first time Hawaiian Airlines has done something like this, but we’re thinking if it goes well—it might not be the last.
The flight attendant fun isn’t the only thing taking place, as the MAMo Wearable Arts event will also show off some goodies from a few native artists from the Aloha State as well. Things like bamboo printing, lauhala weaving, and body art will be on display, and that’s in addition to some dancing, chanting, and other Hawaiian activities and traditions.
We’d see you there—but sadly, no Hawaii in the plans for us this weekend.
[Photo from HNL: Jaunted]
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Above: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary with his 'girls' for the 2012 calendar
It's the end of an era, folks. Irish ultra-low-cost airline Ryanair has declared an end to their popular flight attendant bikini calendars, and none will be produced for 2015.
To be frank, they weren't that well produced anyway; the themes were thin and reminiscent of the opening scenes of a porn movie, and heavy makeup didn't help the image. Nonetheless, the calendars did sell both online and onboard Ryanair flights (for 10 Euros each), even seeing some of the proceeds over to charity since the first printing in 2008.
Ryanair flight attendants will be keeping their clothes on this year (and for the foreseeable future) since the schlocky calendar doesn't fit with Ryanair's fresh and friendly approach, an approach which has already shown to be successful; The Telegraph UK reports that Ryanair has recently seen a 5% jump in bookings.
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The struggle is real.
Flying in Economy Class isn't the steak dinner and ample legroom experience it once was, and travelers have adapted to the lessening space and tightened liberties remarkably well; that is, until you view the Passenger Shaming Facebook page (and it's not just limited to Economy).
Started by a flight attendant in early 2013, the page has amassed over 200,000 "likes" of the submitted photos of passengers behaving badly. It's spread to Instagram and Twitter, not to mention spawned a small line of T-shirts.
Although it began with the aim of allowing cabin crew to vent frustration with ill-mannered and unhygienic flyers, it now welcomes image submissions from anyone and anywhere. Some have even spotted themselves among the shamed; as you can imagine, they're not flattered by the attention.
In order to stay out of the Hall of Passenger Shame, follow these few simple rules of in-flight etiquette:
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We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! Among the many reasons is the arrival of Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.
2014 is the ninth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.
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American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.
The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.