Every once in awhile, usually after a few drinks, crew members will sit around and talk about how much longer they intend to fly.
Responses vary, from the relative new hires that talk about doing this job for a little while, “just for the travel benefit,” to long-time flight attendants who wonder if their retirement plans are going to be sufficient to allow them to ever leave the work force. As the job has shifted its shape over the last decade, many flight attendants face the disillusionment of what the job has now become and wonder how much longer they can last.
It’s never an easy decision to leave a job. That’s why I got such a chuckle out of “Time to Quit”, Flight Attendant James Wysong humorous listing of ways that you know it’s time to quit being a flight attendant.
There were a few that I could relate to:
- Several hotel staffs know you by name.
- Passengers ask you questions at the airport and you aren’t even in uniform.
- You start to smell like a Boeing aircraft. Eau de Boeing they call it.
- You start saying “Buh-bye” in your sleep.
When will you know that it’s time to quit?