TCL 5: Flying the Couch

Welcome to episode five of The Crew Lounge. This week we are joined by panelists Brad and Edith.

The big news this week is British Airway's plan to train pilots and other airline workers to fill the role of flight attendant should the BA Flight Attendants strike. We also, discuss reserve status as a flight attendant or as we like to call it, "flying the couch."

And of course we have some great questions from the cabin:

  • How are airline crew hotel accommodations handled?
  • Is it cool to come to the galley or should you ring your call button?
  • What is the deal with commuting?
  • and finally, how do we feel about quick turn arounds?

If you have questions for us or you're a flight attendant and would like to join us on a future episode, please email us at [email protected]

Thanks for listening!

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Amy February 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

A general note that I would love for you to read on your next podcast if you have time: I was on the return leg of a PHL-LAX-PHL business trip where on the first leg out, I bought the $5 headphones and thought it would be great to finally have some of my own for future trips instead of dealing with the mono-tone audio on so many trips before that. Little did I know that they stopped selling the headphones by the time I was on the return leg (just a week later). I was in the back stretching my legs and was chatting with the flight attendant in the back and somehow we got on the topic of the movie and I had mentioned how I had finally bought the $5 headphones only to find out that the airline wasn't selling them any more. The flight attendant looked at me, acting upset and embarrassed about that (as if it were his fault - which it, of course, wasn't) and he proceeded to pull out $5 to hand to me. Way beyond the call of duty! Anyway, just a nice gesture! You guys are great and I'm a fan!

Martin February 3, 2010 at 05:54 pm

re: internet included in hotels - this is not necessarily provided by your airline or negotiated during contracting - i've been working at a hotel where we provided it as we felt that the crews would be bored in the middle of nowhere (Muscat, Oman)... keeping you guys quiet ;)

Megan February 3, 2010 at 09:58 pm

Oh, I wish I had been around to talk reserve with you all! :) You did us reserve flight attendants proud- talking about the pro's and con's of it all. Nice for a bunch of line holders... ;) (Except for Edith of course!)