Asked by edralis
I’m really not sure about the first one! It’s a great question but I was on a plane last night from around 2000 hrs, landed back around 7am and slept until 1900hrs. My brain hasn’t quite caught up with the waking world I’m afraid.
I would very much enjoy answering the second question as it is something I myself have considered over the years. My epithet would be Elizabethe the Chartless. I have no one home other than the world, I have no place on the map, I’ve always been chartless and ready to move. I have a wandering soul and the world is mine to roam.
My personal motto is very easy to answer: It is Psalm 31:25: ‘She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future’. Planes are dangerous but we we as humans weren’t meant to stay on the ground, and with no fear there will be no future. So I choose to live my life to the fullest and to cherish every moment until my last. As for the second part as cliche as it seems I think my symbol would be an eagle with wings spread wide clutching the world in one claw. When I land I always text my mom four words so she knows that I am safe and can go to sleep or go about her day without worrying: ‘The eagle has landed’. That is our code so I think it’s only fitting that it would stand as my symbol.
I truly enjoyed answering this question, thank you for asking!
I’m sure by now most people have heard about the missing MH370 Boeing 777-200 ER. As a crew member myself I find this story to be very upsetting and the fact that I’m operating a 200 tonight is very distressing. I’ve read many reports this morning and have seen the way people are already assuming the worst. In times like these where faith is shaken and the next hours are uncertain please remember that we crew are trained for *every* possible situation onboard.
My dearest hope is that the plane has ditched somewhere in the ocean, the crew have evacuated, the ELT has been activated, and are patiently waiting to be found. Crew know what our jobs and responsibilities are. We are trained to know what to do for planned and unplanned emergencies, we go through months of arduous training to become qualified to operate these aircraft. This is our job and we live, breath, sleep aircraft safety. We know what to do when things go wrong so please pray that the crew were given the chance to put their emergency training to work.
Please pray for the safe recovery of the crew and pax of this flight. As I carry out my safety and security search tonight onboard my own aircraft tonight my heart and my mind will be full of the thought of my colleagues onboard the missing plane. I know that no matter the outcome of this event they have done their absolute best and I am proud to share the airspace of this Earth with them.
I know this may seem difficult to ask but please also refrain from speculation. I understand that people want to do something to visually show that they are thinking about this event but please think about what you are posting before you click submit. People are already upset by the news without having to add visuals to the situation especially on social media.
I know that they have ditched and have evacuated the aircraft. They are sitting in their life rafts with life jackets on waiting patiently to be found. They have done their duties and it’s our turn to bring them home. Just keep positive thoughts in your mind, and for the safe recovery of our colleagues and their passengers onboard.
I just got in from Moscow and turned my phone on to find a message from one of my long lost so called friends who tracked me down and realised I was working as a flight attendant.
I couldn’t help but think that this time last year I was in London completely miserable. I was sickened by the people I surrounded myself with, their rumours, the never ending gossip, and complete lies. But I never realised how small and utterly insignificant they were and that the only reason I was miserable was because I thought their opinions actually mattered.
So let it go. You stay in the past in your small town with your even smaller mind far away from me and I’ll travel onwards anywhere my roster takes me.
Hello from Dubai!! Training is going very well, I’m two weeks into a seven week program and my brain is starting to feel very full! I wake up very day (incidentally my alarm coincides with the call to prayer which I think is beautiful) and feel so blessed and lucky to be working here. It’s an absolute dream come true. Training started on Christmas Eve and I told my batchmates this is one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received! Hope you are all well! Happy Holidays and in advance a very joyful New Year!