Flight Attendants and Snowstorms

By The Flying Pinto

Where are you? Has Snowstorm Nemo got you snowed in? I’m home far away from it but, as I sit here drinking my tea I envision my colleagues out having snow ball fights. Probably not the reality. So what does happen to airline crews during a storm of this magnitude? I had the pleasure of being a guest on NPR’s Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal yesterday to talk about this very topic. There are so many different stories playing out during a storm. I’ve talked to flight attendants who are stuck in Europe for a few more days, not too shabby if you ask me, and some are sitting around airports for hours. Not as much fun. Are we pay protected? Do we enjoy our time? Check out my interview “here.”

I also asked on Facebook where and how everyone was doing? Here are how some flight attendants have been holding up:

Lauren: “San Juan turn became a two day trip, possibly a three day. Airplane stuck here with us.”

Lisa: “I’m in Argentina for two extra days. Not complaining!”

Donna: “I’m in Stockholm with my sister-in-law. Came here on a 5 day, but turned into a 7 day. Crazy, but fun getaway for my sis.”

Vivi: “I’m in Delhi thirsty, hungry, & fabulous!!!!”

Annette: “I’m stuck in my recliner at home…on reserve!”

Amanda: “Stuck here in Boston right in the thick of it all!”

Katie: “Actually driving upstate with husband to go skiing tomorrow!!! Love my job! Paid for skiing!!”

Debi: ” Stuck at my crash pad in Newark. Cold and hungry.”

As you can see, it works out better for some than others! Where did you end up for Nemo? Join us on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest.  Share your stories and photos!


Featured image courtesy of The Travel Channel Blog.



  1. My first fall flying, (1981) I was snowed in at DEN for a very long Christmas week. (5 additional days) What an test for a reserve F/A! Cried when I finally got home, as I had missed the whole holiday. Every holiday since has been a treat……smiles

  2. I always wondered whether flight staff actually get to see the destinations they travel to or if it is just land, prepare the plane, turn it back around. Great (insightful) blog!

  3. Allen Rasmussen @ 2013-02-10 02:16

    Hi, loved the interview the other day on NPR, found it interesting on when you are paid and when you are not…. Door closed, paid, door open, not paid… Seems unfair, when you still have to smile, when the passenger (of which some you would like to kill) leave the plain…… It must be like a Disney smile, very forced….
    Say you had an emergency landing at a rinky dink airport, you open the door to help people down slide, paid or not?
    I know more then likely can’t answer this question, but I will ask anyway…… Passengers worse in first class, to deal with…. Years ago I use to work at Disney, and I had people come up to me and ask, I am staying at the Grand Floridian, where is my line for the ride, expecting special treatment. Out comes the smile instead of the smack I’d like to give the…… With a Disney smile and a Disney point, I show them the hour and a half line that everyone who didn’t have a fastpass, gets to wait in. My favor question I would get, is what time is the three oclock parade….
    People are great, now I really mean it, I loved working with them. Have a great day

  4. Luckily, I have never travelled during a snowstorm but knowing my luck, it will happen soon.

  5. As a passenger, it’s always kind of interesting to land and have the FA doing the announcements say, “And now, on behalf of your “Somewhere Based Crew” we wish you a pleasant stay in — not where they’re based. When I’m happy to be finally deplaning in my hometown airport at 10:00 P.M., PHL, I’m always a little sad for the Phoenix or elsewhere based crew because it doesn’t seem like they will be making it home that night.

    Once, while flying to Hawaii on United, I was listening in on the cockpit conversation (not sure why they let you do that–if they still do) and I heard one pilot say to a pilot on another plane that his flight crew wanted him to have engine trouble in Honolulu so they could stay for someone’s wedding. Then he paused and said, “And if anyone is listening, I am, of course, joking”.

  6. As a child I always thought I wanted to be a flight attendant. I am always thinking of how their life differs from ours. I love this interview and reading the different locations everyone is at. My largest question is do the airlines pay for your accommodation and such when something like in climate weather hits?

  7. yes they pay for our accommodation when we are on duty