Years ago, while I was living in Dallas, I briefly considered becoming a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines. A brief look into it revealed very low hourly pay – about $8/an hour.
Fast forward ten years, and I’m unemployed. Several friends, separately, have suggested I look into becoming a flight attendant – evidently, they think I would love it and/or be perfect for it. I admit, I think I would enjoy the lifestyle, but I still had that $8/hr figure in my head, and I also know that a Flight Attendant’s “hours” include only door close to door open of the airplane – in other words, they don’t actually get paid for the time people are boarding and deboarding, only for the time spent separated from the terminal.
Both Delta and US Airways have announced openings for flight staff in the past couple of months. And the position pays about $20/hr. I admit, I seriously thought about it. But then I got onto some of the message boards and found out more information. Like, the fact that most FA’s have second jobs, just so they can support themselves. Many FA’s only log 80 hours a month – 80 hrs x $20/hr = $1600/mo. Pre-tax.
And then there are those pesky passengers, you know the ones. The ones who don’t quite grasp the concept of their chairs and traytables being in their full upright position. The ones that can’t seem to understand that when the pilot turns on the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign, it’s probably a good idea to Sit Your Ass Down. The ones who think that they are the only person on the airplane, and because they want to do XYZ, they should have the right to, since they “paid for the damn seat.” This is one case that I would probably better to be able to handle the privileged set in First Class, because at least they have less to complain about.
So, yeah, no, I’m good. Until I have no need for more than $1000/mo net, I’m going to pass. But maybe one day…