An anonymous flight attendant has penned an open letter to a passenger who belittled her job.
According to the letter, a rude passenger who was told that they couldn’t come to the front of the airplane informed the author that they were “just a flight attendant.”
The letter, which was published on Facebook and picked up by Forbes, details what flight attendants really do.
Flight attendants can make the difference between life and death in emergency scenarios.
The post reportedly struck a chord with fellow flight attendants, who have shared it on their own accounts.
There are some things you should never say to a flight attendant.
Perhaps the worst thing to do is belittle their role, which can make the difference between life and death in an emergency scenario.
Read more: 10 things you should never say to a flight attendant
This is exactly what happened to one member of cabin crew when a rude passenger told her she was “just a flight attendant.”
The anonymous flight attendant decided to pen an open letter to the ignorant passenger and share it on Facebook where it has reportedly struck a chord with a number of those in the industry who decided to share it on their own accounts.
In the note, the author first describes her training, which has prepared her for fighting fires at 35,000 feet, performing CPR and first-aid, identifying bombs, and disarming people with a weapon.
She then speaks openly about some personal experiences she’s had on the job, including comforting a grieving mother, giving her clothes to a vomiting passenger, holding passengers’ babies, watching a man die in front of her, and going back to work after the events of 9/11.
She ends the letter by saying: “So the next time you look at me and think, ‘Just a flight attendant,’ I hope you quickly remember who is trained and willing to get you out of a crashed airplane, save you from hijackers, perform CPR on you if need be and — the easiest part of my job — give you food and drinks.”
The post was picked up by Forbes and edited slightly for concision.
Read the post in full here:
“Dear Passenger in 5A, Yesterday, when I wouldn’t let you come to the front of the airplane because the pilots were going in and out of the cockpit, you informed me I was ‘just a flight attendant.’ I’ve had some time to reflect on that and decided to educate you on a few facts regarding this flight attendant.
“First, let’s review my training and requirements for this job. I know how to fight fires while 35,00 feet in the air; I can perform CPR, do first aid-basic all the way up to inserting an IV; I know how to identify guns and weapons; I know how to identify bombs and then move them to a location on the aircraft that will hopefully cause the least damage should they go off.
“I know basic survival skills for land and water; I know how to disarm people brandishing …read more
Source:: Business Insider