TCL 81: Screw Scheduling

Rumors abound regarding crew scheduling, how its organized and if they have their favorites and not-so-favorites. In this week's flight attendant podcast we are joined by a former pilot crew scheduler to hear the conversation from the other end of the phone. We discuss scheduler pay, hours, bidding and the differences in pilot and flight attendant scheduling.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

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Jenn Grahams February 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

I really enjoyed listening to Mary's interview. I've been a flight attendant for just about 1.5 years and while on reserve, I always heard the "urban myth" about crew scheduling having a list of "favorites". People told my friend and I that we were "too nice" on the phone and that's why we were always being sent to Newark, NJ! Unfortunately, the only face-to-face encounter I had with a crew scheduler was not very positive. During the ebola outbreak, one of our passengers was a crew scheduler. He seemed really nice at first. He came back to introduce himself and was willing to answer a few questions about how scheduling works. His big mistake though, was when I offered to shake his hand and he nearly jumped out of his skin. He said something along the lines of "we're not supposed to be exposed to flight attendants because you know, we can't afford to get sick since, you know, our job is really important." Basically the jerk said I was worth squat and was totally replaceable if I contracted the virus, but he was more important. Ugh! After that comment, the whole crew was pretty disgusted with him. Thankfully, Mary's interview reminds us that not everyone fits into that self-righteous category. Best of luck on the line, Mary!