It’s a question that keeps coming up, as airline companies look to fill a void created by the departure of their traditional flight attendants.
There are a number of roles that airlines have looked at for pilots, but the demand for flight attendants is growing.
And while a number airlines have recently moved to offer flight attendants full-time positions, they have not always been as comfortable with their positions.
As we’ve discussed before, flight attendants have a number issues to deal with, and many are worried about the long hours they put in.
“You have to have a balance of caring for the customer, not being a liability, not doing something stupid that can harm your health or your safety, and keeping your own job, and your own health and safety,” said Jessica Williams, a spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants.
“It’s kind of a tough balancing act.”
Flight attendants aren’t the only ones that are facing the issue of health.
“They’re also having to deal in the stress of working a job, especially when it comes to travel, and it’s not something they’re comfortable with,” said Williams.
“In the past, there have been a lot of cases where the employee has left their job to get medical attention for their condition, but then that has to be paid for by the company, which is also a difficult thing to do.”
That said, flight attendant careers can be rewarding.
“The whole goal of a flight instructor is to be able to keep the flight going, which can include things like changing seats, doing paperwork, and things like that,” said Howard.
“Some of them can be very rewarding in terms of keeping the flight running, and they’re often seen as being the ones who do it on a regular basis.”
For many flight attendants, the transition to full-fledged flight attendants has been one of the best parts of their jobs.
For one, the position is often filled with a wide variety of people who can help with any aspect of the flight, whether that’s making sure the flight is ready for takeoff, preparing for emergencies, or performing routine maintenance.
There is also the possibility of becoming a family member for a passenger or the airline.
For Williams, that is one of her biggest strengths, as she can bring her daughter with her to every flight.
“Being able to bring her along on the flight and her ability to be with me while I do the flight,” said the flight attendant.
“When I have her at the controls, I can do whatever I want.”
One of the biggest challenges for flight attendant pilots is the long-term consequences of their work.
“A lot of times, when I’ve had the health issue, it’s really difficult for the person who’s on board to know what I did,” said John.
“But I don’t want to go down that path.
It’s just really frustrating for me to deal and to have to deal as a passenger and to deal at home.
And the whole thing is stressful.”
For some flight attendants who are willing to accept the job, they can be paid a lot more.
“I think it’s actually really exciting,” said Amanda.
“There are a lot that I’m able to do that I never would have been able to if I hadn’t worked for a company like Southwest Airlines.”
For Williams and others, it can be an emotional rollercoaster.
“We had a conversation about how we should have been more proactive about getting checked into the hospital because we were so worried about our health,” said Amara.
“If we had a lot less stress, I don-t think it would have happened.”
But for John, that wasn’t a concern.
“Even when we were working the long drive home and we didn’t get checked in, it felt like the worst thing in the world,” he said.
“So it was like, ‘Oh my God, if I can just make this work and get home safely, I’m going to be OK.’
And that’s what we’ve done.”
For John, it was just another day in the life of an airline pilot.
“Sometimes, the stress can be too much,” he admitted.
“That’s just life.”
But while it’s a long road, flight instructors are definitely the most sought after jobs in the industry.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, flight training is one out of eight professions in the United States that require a bachelor’s degree.
While that may not sound like a lot, it is.
“Flight attendants represent an important source of labor in the U.S.,” said Howard, who added that a large number of flights are performed by people who are either pilots or flight attendants at some point in their careers.
“While we know flight attendants are the lowest paid employees in the airline industry, they are still among the most valuable employees in their communities and their jobs.”
For flight attendants like Williams and Amara, the choice of career is a difficult one. “Many