Seikoonthoughts from the sky

Holiday flying

Basically all of my adult life, I have been in the aviation industry.  I became a flight attendant for a commercial carrier at 20, and here I am now, as a corporate FA.

Holidays (and weekends) are basically non existent and I am used to it.

It doesn't hurt my feelings or anything when I have to leave or be on the road during Christmas, NYE, birthdays -- it just comes with the territory, and I have actually had a lot of fun flying with friends during all of the aforementioned days.

I love baking or bringing snacks for my crew and seeing the smile on people's face this time of the year is enough for me to actually feel like I am 'participating' in the festivities.

When I was working for a commercial carrier, I had a captain walk in the gate with a huge bag from Macy's and inside were little boxes of earrings and bracelets for the crew, nicely wrapped up.

I feel that the passengers seem a bit more cheerful and in giving spirit.

airport-christmas

 

One thing though that you do always have to be aware of, is that some of the passengers may not alway celebrate the same holiday as I do.

For example, I didn't even know what Thanksgiving was when I was living in Japan (I was born there) so once I came over here, I basically adopted that holiday.

I once had a Christmas layover in Vegas a few years back, and it was great because everything was open, per usual, and we didn't have to worry about food or anything.

I remember the first year I started flying and I had a trip that ended on Christmas Eve. I was going home but the lady I was flying with had a layover in a city that wasn't exactly Vegas (read: stores and restaurants closed) so she brought along a bunch of food from home so she wouldn't starve since the whole time she was where ever she was going -- nothing would be operating.

I am not sure where I will be this year -- and really I am actually kind of excited, since I have never spent my holiday in the corporate world yet.

The great part about being here now is that I don't have to exactly deal with the hustle and the bustle of the crazy crowd at the commercial part of the airport as much as I had in the past as the corporate flights leave out of a different section if we're at a public airport (LAX, JFK) or we use an entirely different one (VNY,TEB).

Hopefully there will be some amazing stories in my next post!

 

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Photo courtesy of jetalone

 

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