I can’t help myself. Earlier this week a Twitter follower brought an interesting blog post to my attention (thank you, @clayton988!). It’s called Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels. And it’s cute – but I just have to rebut!
Note: the content re-posted here – so that I may respond (in blue) – is a slightly condensed version of the original piece on Huffington Post, by Adi Zarsadias. Click here for the full text.
She’s the one with the messy, unkempt hair colored by the sun. (So, Ok. You got the first one…) Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. (Got ya! I’m pale as they come, slathered with SPF since I was 13 years old. My travels taught me to be observant and listen to advice from older, wiser travelers from early on. [*smug face*]) But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell. (Still, that’s the attitude I try to have.)
Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. (Miss. Travel has taught me to also enjoy the small pleasures in life.) The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. (On the contrary. Yin yang. For every fast lane there is a slow one that’s nice to take sometimes.) She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. (Amen Amen!) She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about
it money. Continue Reading
Last week Crewed Talk focused on a recent flight I took from Spain to London. I was a “real” passenger, and this gist is that we missed our flight by 12 hours because…(are you ready for this?!)…I misread the flight information. It left at 1:30am. Not pm. Doh! Not my proudest moment.
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While admitting that, the actual flight profile was (in my personal experience) unheard of. A short-haul, 3am, international arrival operated by a traditional carrier? Doesn’t happen, I would’ve said. And I thought I had enough experience to know. (16 years? Anyone?) At that hour of arrival, the transport limitations alone means a plane ticket-sized taxi bill.
But of course it did happen! And, although many travel industry people have shared my surprise, my readers did not at all. Fair enough. But there is a bit more to our story. Continue Reading
Was it only two weeks ago that I was here chewing my nails saying, “Oh blurg, I have to go to Requals”? Well thanks to Saturday’s crash of Asiana’s flight 214, guess who’s more in the mood for a skills test than usual?
Requal might make me nervous, but I know that it’s this constant retraining that helps achieve the impressive number of lives saved. I feel frustrated for the fantastic Asiana crew when so many dismiss their actions with blithe statements like, “A plane crashes, chutes deploy and people walk off, essentially.” Read more…
Shown the door…
Last week travel writer Matthew Klint was thrown off a United flight for taking a photo of his seat’s Welcome screen. I’ve been involved in a similar situation myself on the crew end.
I was working Business Class to Europe; in the bulkhead of the Coach cabin on my side there was an Indian family taking photos of their kids. I had already noted them, chatted with them, and was not alarmed in the slightest. However, my colleague working the opposite aisle went and demanded they stop taking photos. She then came up to me proudly pointing out her work. Continue Reading
Seems to me everyone’s doing a bit of this! (Click photo for the original FlyerTalk column.)
Yesterday’s “Crewed Talk” column covered Air Asia X’s announcement of a child-free (mini) cabin. But one short column (or even two!) just isn’t enough to touch on all there is to say, and that’s without even addressing children’s actual behavior in the airplane cabin.
No, if you ask me, in the issue of a child-free cabin, children’s behavior is beside the point. It’s not irrelevant, it’s just that we have to start somewhere. And I say we start with a clear focus at a point that no one should really disagree with: some children are well-behaved, some aren’t; sometimes the parents are to blame, some kids are truly more difficult – and either way, every kid has his meltdown moments. People have all sorts of different ideas about what “appropriate” is for a child. We can talk about that bit another time (or here in the comments, if you like). Continue Reading
Photo: FlyerTalk (click for the column)
The Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner” is driving me mad. I’m torn. I’ve been waiting years to work this thing, but now…am I sure I want to?
I’ve long pinned my hopes on the 787 to fill the void that seems inevitable in the long-term – the one left by the dwindling dominance of the most glamorous aircraft ever. (I’m referring to the 747, of course.) A one-story plane is never really going to do that but I’m pragmatic; it’s the best candidate we’ve got. The A380 offers the all-important stairwell – that weirdly potent symbol of status and intrigue. But US carriers don’t seem interested in that plane. At all.
I tell myself I don’t mind that I’ll probably never work an A380, as a nickname like “ScareBus” has a way of sticking in the brain… (Read More)
Click for the column: Inside the Mind of a Flight Attendant
So here we are – yesterday (my time) was the big day, when FlyerTalk debuted my new column “Inside the Mind of a Flight Attendant”. I’m thrilled to see it up and have questions coming in already.
I’m glad the time difference forced some hours of delay between it going live and my posting here, because it gives me a chance to make a note or two about what I’m seeing on the debut.
Aside from the fact that I’m pleased with the initial reception, I briefly want to address the questions about whether someone will recognize me, etc. First and foremost, if you do recognize me on a flight – please do say hello! I’m not sure how likely it is, but I’d be happy to meet a reader and customer and have no fears about that at all. Continue Reading