“I’ve been a flight attendant for over 20 years. Even after two decades, I still feel proud every time I put on my uniform. It makes things easier as well, as I don’t have to think about what to wear! Before we fly, I will cross-check passenger and meal information and take note of any special requests or special needs. Safety is our top priority so we always review the safety procedures for the specific plane before boarding the flight. On the day of the flight, we will have a team briefing and do a final cabin check to ensure that the plane is clean, safe and well-equipped. When boarding begins, I’ll put on a big smile to welcome our passengers. People always wonder where we sleep: we take turns to take naps in the bunk deck at the back of the plane. The entrance is discreet so it’s not easy to find. It’s a good place to recharge! This job has taken me all around the world but my favourite destination so far is Poland. It’s a beautiful country with a stunning contrast between old and new - the architecture, the culture, the people.”
“I grew up in Shek Kip Mei, and would always see and hear planes flying over my home. I always wondered what it would be like to fly. I got on a plane for the first time in my twenties, for a university trip to Australia. I remembered feeling scared when the ‘big bird’ was taking off. But then I looked out at the sky and saw all the clouds and beautiful colours. I was in awe of the vastness of it and have been in love with the sky since. I did a film studies degree, and after graduating I wasn’t sure what to do. I knew that I wanted a job that brings people happiness. So when the opportunity came up to train as a flight attendant, I decided to give it a go! I love my job as it enables me to meet lots of different people and broaden my horizons. This might sound like a silly reason for loving my job but it’s true - I really enjoy aeroplane meals!”
“Sometimes when we fly over interesting sights such as the Northern Lights, the pilots will let us know and invite us into the cockpit to have a better view. Did you know that each of the pilots have to eat a different meal? It’s to minimise any risk of them being affected by anything at the same time. Covid has had a huge impact on our industry. I’ve been part of the ‘closed-loop’ three times. Each cycle is 28 days, where we go between flights and hotel quarantine and are not allowed to venture out during that time. It was challenging but has also brought me some wonderful experiences. On one of the flights we were asked to present some gifts to our passengers. I realised that we were the crew responsible for transporting our Olympic athletes back to Hong Kong! Another time I met a foreign domestic worker who was flying back to the Philippines after four years away. She left home pretty soon after she gave birth to her daughter and was so overjoyed to be able to see her family again that she almost ‘flew’ off the plane when we landed. What makes my job so special is that I get to meet people from all walks of life, backgrounds and personalities. I made friends with an old man over our mutual love of Sam Hui oldies. I became a companion for a girl who was flying for the first time and was afraid of starting a new life away from home. I can’t wait for flying to resume as normal; it’s the full range of human connections and experiences that make my job so meaningful.”
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