As a Flight Attendant for a major U.S. Airline with over twenty years experience in the travel industry, I am here to offer advice on making your travels through the friendly skies….. well, more friendly! I will share my experiences with you and offer you a glimpse behind the galley curtain. I also created and co-host a popular podcast, The Crew Lounge Check out my media page too, I’ve been lucky enough to appear on several morning shows to get the message out.

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  1. It’s great to stumble upon a real Flight Attendant who blogs! My goal ever since the 6th grade(a high school senior now,but currently in college) is to become a FA. I dream of one day becoming a Commercial Pilot as well. I was wondering if you knew any Airlines that hire at 18 or 19? I’m currently 17 (soon to be 18) but will be finishing school when I’m 19 and I really want to get rolling on my Flight Attendant career right after I finish but I’m not having much luck finding Airlines who hire around that age. I might have to start with a regional airline but anything to start me up. I live in Salem,OR and the nearest International Airport is PDX (Portland,OR).We also have a small airport here in Salem and I have spotted some small regional United airline planes there. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear from an experienced Flight Attendant!

  2. Stacey Shuford Creighton @ 2010-11-30 22:48

    Hey Sarah, How are you? This is your old Newark, NJ roommate – one of many. How about you pickup a trip to Jax or come on one of your many days off in December and meet my crew. We would love to have you. Dave just flew with Janice and I got your contact info again – lost the other (my new years resolution will be to be more organized and stay in touch with friends better). Hope to hear from you soon.


  3. The Flying Pinto @ 2010-12-01 00:23

    Stacey! I thought you blew me off! Email me, if Janice gave you my number call me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Give your mom my regards. we met on a flight from Tampa to Houston and had a blast! good thing we were in the last row in fist class of a 757! she was wearing a shirt that read “Marry me, Fly free” and i jumped at the deal.

    i think she would remember me. we had our share of wine and laughs. this was last year at this time. great memories!

  5. Yes, Tim…great memories, I think about it every time I fly FC Tampa-Houston and Houston-TPA. Hope things are great in Austin.

  6. Jonathan Tanzman @ 2011-01-10 21:36

    New TV show is seeking people who travel frequently and have two lives- one at home and one on the road (think along the lines of the film “Up In The Air”).

    Do you use your career, money, hobbies, or frequent travel as a way to live a secret life?

    Major U.S. tv network is currently looking for men and women living secret lives who are ready to free themselves and reveal the truth on a documentary style
    television project. If your secret life (or the secret life of someone you know) has simply gotten out of control, and youโ€™re ready to finally come clean, we want to hear from you.

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  7. In Skyguide’s Extra newsletter, you say that there’s a gym in the terminal or within walking distance from LAX. Where is it?

  8. The Flying Pinto @ 2011-01-15 20:19

    There is a gym located at the Radisson Hotel at LAX connected to the terminal. Here is the link for airport gyms…

  9. I just stumbled across your blog & I am appreciating every tip! Call me crazy but I am planning my 1st trip ever on a airplane, out of the Country & with my 2 Sons. I will be taking my 11 year old Son & my 4 year old Son along with me as I travel from Tennessee to Honduras, to meet my in laws. So, every experience will be a new one. I plan to drive to Atlanta & fly out of Atlanta with a layover in Miami & then on to Tegucigalpa Honduras. What are your best tips for new travelers, or tips for those traveling with children? Any advice will be very much appreciated!

  10. Hello, met you on the Daytime show in tampa. Could you in box me.?

  11. could you email me Question for you?

  12. Bewildered Lost @ 2011-03-12 13:38

    What do the other flight crew members think about affairs between pilots and flight attendants?

    If the captain and the lead F.A. are having an affair, bidding the trip together etc.- can the rest of the crew see it? Do they ever say anything? If a FA is using a jump seat to follow the captain around on his layovers- is it obvious to the rest of the crew?

  13. I know it sounds like I’m plugging my blog and I guess I am. But, I just wanted to share that I wrote a post today called “Aches on a Plane” that you might get a kick out of. Feel free to link it, if you’d like. Your blog is very nice, by the way.


  14. Paul Kloster @ 2011-07-25 04:22

    Having found this blog by accident (it came up in an Google alert I have set for Chicago related items), it was quite refreshing to see what others have to say about the city itself and where they went.

    Next time you are in Chicago, I highly recommend going to Nave Pier, plenty of people watching, shopping, food and drink to be had. In fact, a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville just opened up recently there. They also have a Harry Caray’s Tavern (if you are into baseball or sports in general). Plenty of other places to eat at as well.

    Hope this helps out a little as Chicago is a very large city. I would recommend asking the locals as well because there are places that they only know about as well (I am a Cheesehead but we have a train station here that takes us into the Windy City). Keep up the great work and I’ll be sure to check in on which places you blog from next.


  15. Hi!

    Just found your blog, it’s massive! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am curious about your destinations, do u fly much abroad? and what’s your averige layover in LH or ULH flights?

  16. Just ran across your pod cast with the ex Pan AM Flight attendents (or am I allowed to say Stewardess) and wow what a rush of memories. As a child in the mid 70’s my family lived in Southeast Asia and Europe, we would fly Pan AM / TWA / United / Sing Air / JAL etc and the descriptions of how air travel used to be were great. I remember those flights on a 747 across the Pacific either via Anchorage, AK or Honolulu and then if I remember correctly via LAX to JFK then over to BOS to come home for the summer. These flights were my chariot back home after a year of living in a strange place and the people working those flights would make us feel like we were already home from the minute we boarded, they would talk to us and treat us like family. My sister and I used to help with clean up service and I hope we did actually help. We were always taught how to act correctly while traveling, and to this day when I travel with my kids, everybody is dressed in “Sunday best”. I remember one time my father was transferred to London and we got to fly First class BOS-LHR so in preparation for the big event my father took me to purchase a sport coat before the flight, it was on TWA and my sister and I didn’t make it to cruise before we passed out in the huge seats, but we were still woken up before landing so we could have a bite of roast beef which I still to this day remember as some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted, I think the flight crew had to do a run by to clear our plates away while landing. Now that I have a family I have tried to pass this along to them, my kids have been forbidden to use the call button and to this day I don’t think I have ever used it (minus an unintentional hit while trying to get comfortable, always very embarrassing). I’m sorry for the crews and passengers alike that now travel, the airlines have had to make such cutbacks that the crews don’t have the tools to make travel pleasant and the passengers seem to have lost their ability to be polite, courteous and willing to stick it out when things don’t go their way, I am lucky enough to travel up front these days with my current job and am shocked by what I see. Much appreciation to the crews that are still outgoing and don’t mind having a quick word in the galley while waiting for the toilet to open up, and thank you for the extra drink or two brought to my seat without being asked because somehow they seem to know it has been a long week or month away from home and that last 4-5 hours home of what is usually a 24 hour plus journey is just to long.

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