Job Update

ALL THINGS TRAVEL

It’s been a crazy year for Flight Attendants regardless of which company you’re working for. Policies have changed, flight loads have lightened, limited routes and more. Because of all these changes and my personal and family lifestyle, I’ve made the decision to resign from my position as flight attendant.

This was not an easy choice and it’s honestly been something I’ve been pondering before the pandemic even hit. I loved my job but ultimately it came down to wanting to stay home and care for my children more.

After 8 years of working for my airline I feel I’ve visited many awesome places and made lots of new friends so I don’t feel any regret or remorse giving up my career to focus on my family. Sometimes people just outgrow their current position/situation and want to go in a different direction. For me that’s my children.

Now just because I no longer have flight benefits doesn’t mean I won’t be sharing travel tips, tricks, and cool destinations. As a family we still plan on doing fun destination vacations (once the pandemic is more under control) but for now we’re going to be playing tourist in our new state of Florida.

I want to say good luck and stay positive to all my fellow flight attendants and travel enthusiasts who come across my blog. This pandemic won’t last forever and the world of travel that we’re use to will soon return. I’ll miss you all but I’ll see you 34,000ft above me from the ground!

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy | Update

ALL THINGS TRAVEL, Pregnancy

It’s been over a one month since my first post about being pregnant and working as a Flight Attendant so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on what’s been going on.

I am now 30 weeks pregnant and am now on state disability due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. My doctor no longer finds it safe for me to be flying with the unknown of the effects on pregnant women on their unborn child(ren).

With that being said, I’m grateful to be home but with “shelter-in-place” I’m starting to go stir crazy in our one bedroom apartment. I didn’t realize how often I go outside with my little one. I have can’t leave the house because it’s not worth the risk but at the same time I’m desperate for some fresh air. But I’m thankful for mine and my family’s health and I hope this crazy pandemic ends soon for everyone.

The aviation industry is particularly struggling with this COVID-19 virus. Most airlines are operating at the bare minimum and some are even furloughing their flight attendants due to closing bases because they can’t afford to keep their employees. I selfishly feel safe at the current moment only because I’m on state disability but what’s going to happen when I return from my leave? Everything is so uncertain at this time. All we can do is stick together and do what we can to keep our jobs as essential workers.

To all my aviation workers, stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive. I’m thinking of you!

Aviation and pregnancy updates coming soon.

Mid-Month Reserve Update

ALL THINGS TRAVEL

Hey Everyone! I wanted to give a quick update on how my September reserve month has been going. In my last post I mentioned my game plan on surviving this months schedule and trying to limit the amount of babysitting we’d need. Well my plan hasn’t exactly gone as planned but after reflecting on my schedule thus far it isn’t horrible.

We’ll start with the good. I’ve only worked two actual trips. I’ve worked a two day trip which was my Denver layover. See my post about my Denver layover for more details. I’ve also worked a DFW turn which was supposed to be work there and deadhead (hitch a ride but still technically on duty just not working crew) home. Well my home airport has one runway down for construction and my flight home had a creeping delay. It just kept getting later and later. It was delayed a total of 5 hours but I eventually made it home (at 1:30am!). I’ve also had a total of three days on Standby Duty which is where I hangout in our flight operations for six hours and I’m used as a last resort to cover any flights. Thankfully I wasn’t used on any of those days and I was able to go home afterwards. I had have my sister watch the baby for 1 of those 3 days. So not bad!

Now for the not so great. Apparently I’m not senior enough to be holding actual trips so I’ve had several days where I’m just at home waiting for a call. In my last post I mentioned this was exactly what I did not want to happen. It requires more dependence on my family for babysitting and I hate to inconvenience them. Being at home waiting for a call is so stressful because I constantly feel like I missed a call or I’m glued to checking my phone every 5 minutes. I also have to spend time at my parents or sister’s house which I never complain about but they live 2 hours from the airport and in the mountains so I never know if I’ll make it in time or if I have service. But every time I’m at home on call I haven’t actually been called in so that’s good! Gives me and my son the chance to hangout with family but I seriously hate the stress of it.

Even though my game plan hasn’t exactly been working the way I thought, I can’t really complain because I haven’t had to rush to the airport after a call from home. Let’s hope I haven’t jinxed it!