Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of “Galley Gossip,” a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.
Much more goes into being a flight attendant than most people think and Poole, a flight attendant and popular blogger, gives readers the hilarious nitty-gritty details of a life spent in the sky. Starting out at the now defunct charter airline Sun Jet after college, Poole never considered being a flight attendant as a career option. But at her mother's urging, she applied to a major airline, was hired, and has worked steadily ever since, surviving the rigorous training camp run with military precision (one false step could send you packing) and soon found herself at her first cabin service. Equally fascinating are Poole's tales of what happens in the hours between flights, particularly in the cramped apartments known as "crash pads" that are more akin to dormitories than real living spaces, where the houses' rosters are constantly in flux. Based out of New York, Poole describes a series of hilariously unappealing "pads" in Queens chosen because of its proximity to JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports and her fellow flight attendants, not to mention their often unscrupulous landlords. The snapshots of testy or downright bizarre travelers' exploits ring particularly true because Poole doesn't inundate the reader with so many that they all blur together. Whether you're a frequent or once-a-year flier, there's something for everyone in this witty tell-all.
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A must read for us flyers
Loved it. A great read for a frequent flyer.
This story would make a great movie. I loved reading it; will share it with my daughter, and many other readers. Passion, determination, and dedication are leading qualities to happy family, life, and passengers. Heather Poole takes us for a flight behind her smile, and elegantly opens the door to our curiosity. So much to learn about flying etiquette which all of us should remember on our next trip.
Laugh out loud funny
I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy, fun read that's very entertaining. An interest in the subject matter- life of a jet setting flight attendant- would help you enjoy the book even more. The stories are funny and you get some insight into the life of a flight attendant and would most people often think is a very glamours lifestyle. You may even have a new appreciation for your flight attendant after reading this book!