Eight Reasons why you should Drop Everything and Apply to be a Flight Attendant

When I first went to flight attendant school (“The Charm Farm,” as they called it) I remember them telling us that we were about to join the best kept secret career in the universe. I didn’t understand what they meant until I actually started the job, and dipped my feet into the world of being a flight attendant. Since then, I have found that there are one million and one reasons why this is the best job out there, but today I will just give you my personal top eight.

1) Your life is basically a vacation. Sure… there is work involved just like every other job, but at the end of the day, you are usually somewhere new and exciting. In just the past week I spent time in Orlando, Seattle, and Philadelphia. They were all long layovers so I actually had time to relax and explore. I laid my little butt out by the pool in Orlando, went to a famous market in Seattle, and saw the Liberty Bell in Philly. Not bad for a week of work.

2) You leave your work at the aircraft door. This is one of my favorite things about this job. I don’t have to take it with me when I leave. When I am off work, I am OFF work. I don’t think about it at all, and that is how I prefer it.

3) When you join an airline, you join a family. This is a very weird thing to try and explain, but the camaraderie of the airline industry is out of this world. When I go to work, I am almost 99% sure that I am going to work with all new people. There are over 8,000 flight attendants in the base that I am assigned, so working with the same people just never happens. Every time I start a new trip, I start with a new crew. And every time I leave a trip, I have made incredible new friends.

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

4) It is easy to take pride in your work. I had always thought that a flight attendant’s main job was to give the passengers drinks. I know how shameful that sounds but it is the honest truth. When I actually got the job I realized the importance of a flight attendant. Actually, drinks are just a plus because my job is to ensure that all of the passengers and crew get to their destinations safely. It’s pretty easy to believe that I am there just to mix you a fabulous bloody mary, but my main concern is for safety. It is easy to take pride in my work because I know that I am responsible for the safety and well-being of typically over one hundred people.

My Mom pinning my wings on after my flight attendant school graduation. Yay!! One year down!

5) The benefits are to die for. And I am not talking about the boring stuff like medical benefits (though we have those too!). I am talking about the fact that if I wanted to stop writing and take an impromptu flight to Martha’s Vinyard, I could totally do that.

6) You can pretty live wherever you want and still have a job as a flight attendant. It’s a huge myth that you have to live in your base (Base: the city you are assigned to fly out of). I live in base because for me it just works better, but I know people that are based in Philadelphia and live in Jerusalem. Now how is that for a commute!!?

7) You will have new adventures every. single. day. I have become a hiker, learned how to shoot oysters, and been asked out by a Latin reggaeton pop star since starting this job. It is anything but a boring lifestyle, and I guarantee you will not regret a single experience. It’s like life on steroids. Everything is bigger, brighter, and more fun, and I am not exaggerating.

Hiking in tempe, AZ
The view from the top!!!

8) Why not? The usual response that people have when I say that I am a flight attendant is, “Oh my gosh I have always wanted to do that!” So my response is: just do it! Take the risk and apply, because it IS one of the best-kept secrets in the job industry and I promise you, you will not regret it.

Click the link below if you want to take the very first step in your own adventure!


Happy flying!


Megan Marie



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