Flying has dependably been a fun for a few and frightening for other people. Flying can be a nightmare for passengers. But imagine what a nightmare it can be for the flight attendants. While you’re sitting there in the cramped comfort of your airplane seat, there’s a team of flight attendants hard at work keeping everyone safe, cleaning up messes, and making sure that the mile-high club isn’t getting any new members.
Even frequent travelers don’t realize everything that goes into making their flight a success. From dealing with difficult passengers to budgeting paltry paychecks, here are all of the behind-the-scenes secrets on those 747s.
The dirtiest part of the plane has to be the tray tables – people constantly lay their heads on them, change babies’ diapers, and rest their feet on them. Not all tray tables are wiped properly between each flight. Remember, they’re using a rag to start row one, and when they end up in row 35, that rag has wiped a lot of tables.
They’re not rolling in dough.
While there are plenty of perks to a job based around travel, flight attendants aren’t living the jet-setting life of a celebrity. “I get paid approximately $38,000,” says one flight attendant. “It is variable, but my company pays some of the highest wages.”