Category: layovers

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 [...]

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Look who’s in Oprah’s O Magazine!

By The Flying Pinto

I felt like a super star when I gave my best time saving travel tips for the October edition of O Magazine! It’s funny when you talk to an editor for an hour and you envision them writing everything down that you said and that of course your information will fill an entire page! At [...]

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One of the best things about being a flight attendant is the layovers! Since I only fly domestic these days, I live vicariously through my international friends on Facebook! I especially miss flying to Europe this time of year so I asked my friend Jennifer Mackesy if she would share her pictures of Germany and [...]

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What are Flight Attendants Thankful For?

By The Flying Pinto

Holidays can be particularly difficult for flight attendants. I just flew with a flight attendant who has been on reserve status for the past five years, usually light hearted and bubbly she was stressed and anxious. Not surprised, it’s that time of year in the airline industry. While most people are gearing up to spend [...]

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Twenty Four in Hours in Chicago

By The Flying Pinto

I love having twenty four hour layovers! The only downfall is sometimes, like my Chicago layover, I wish it was 48 hours! There is just so much to do downtown Chicago. If you remember from a previous post, Twenty Four Hours in Boston I try to stay in budget with my per diem which is [...]

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Ways to Kill Time at Gatwick Airport

By The Flying Pinto

Gatwick Airport is the busiest single runway airport in the world, and the second busiest airport in Britain. Situated in Crawley, just south of London, it is London’s second largest airport. This airport has lots of shops – in fact there are so many shopping opportunities here that you might well think you’re in a [...]

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The Heart of a Flight Attendant

By The Flying Pinto

I recently flew with an angel named Carrie. Here is her story in her words: After venturing out on a layover in downtown Portland, I stumbled upon a young woman, sleeping on a busy street with her dogs; a beautiful large chocolate Labrador and equally precious brown chihuahua mix. As I passed them a sense [...]

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As a flight attendant I love my Boston layovers. Especially when I get 30 hours there. I’m from the area and always enjoy going “home.” My most recent visit was special because my mom was able to join me at the hotel for a sleepover on the second night. Although, when I arrived at the [...]

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Inflight Report: Life Lessons at 35,000 feet

By The Flying Pinto

1. A crew really does make or break a trip! I worked a hellacious three day trip, but at least I worked with amazing people who were in it with me. (a couple opportunities for bloody marys didn’t hurt either) 2. Reserve flight attendants really do need better protection and sick call rules than line [...]

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Post of Christmases Past

By The Flying Pinto

I lucked out this year and got a great schedule for December. So great that to hold the schedule I got you’d normally have to be flying about thirty years to get anything like it. How did I get it then, you ask? I bid what is called a vacation relief line. A vacation relief [...]

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