Ever wonder about the Mile High Club? It happens “a lot. I don’t know why everybody wants to join that club because the bathrooms are small and dirty.” How about that schmuk who brought on the 125-pound carry-on? “I’ve had to check 45 bags at the boarding door. Then (passengers) don’t have to pay, so they’d rather do that. We still have all this pressure to get the flight out on time. Carry-on bags can be a disaster.”
We can all imagine the long list of negatives surrounding this career, but one of her more positive moments is worth sharing.
The flights when we were flying these young soldiers off to war were extremely emotional for me. En route we would stop in Rome, and there was a gate agent there that would sing over the PA system of the airplane. With the voice of an angel she would sing The Star-Spangled Banner with all the soldiers standing at attention, and I would cry like a baby. As hard as it was to fly them off to war, bringing them home was even more emotional.
Her advice for us is simply put: think ahead. If you’re heading back to North Dakota from Cancun, don’t wear shorts and your new floral print shirt, you’ll freeze as soon as the cabin door is opened. Also, no one wants you to die, so don’t check in your medication (I don’t think that’s a reference to the Mile High Club, either).
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