Mar 7th 2017 by Louis-Theroux • 47 Questions • 1403 Points
Using a throwaway for obvious reasons...I worked professionally as a flight attendant for a major airline and travelled all around the world. I've got plenty of stories to share so ask away!
Hi Louis! Couple questions;
How much do you put on a character? In what ways did you find your ideas/subjects and how did you cement your style?
-from a couple of doc "attempters"
What happens if you accidentally damage the merchandise? You return for new stuff or notify the customer? You have to pay for damaged goods?
That sounds like a cop-out answer, is there any statistical proof to what you say and that refugees are actually not to blame?
What was protocol when your team would find passengers attempting to uhhh... join the club at an altitude of 5,280 ft?
Great question. I think I was more conscious of being "in character" in some of my earlier work back in the Weird Weekends days. I believe we all play roles in life and especially at work. Clearly when I am making documentaries I am in the role of a reporter so I am not being the "me" you would see at home. In terms of ideas and subjects, it was always just stuff I found interesting, usually because they embody some deep areas of emotional angst or aspects of life that go the heart of who we are as people. Usually in a moral sense.
It happens quite often actually, and we don't need to pay what was damaged. Sometimes the packers will put 20 pounds worth of items in a brown bag and it will just break. When this happens, I call the customer and let them know that the bag is broken but the items are sill in good conditions, if I notice that an item has been damaged I will tell the customer and return it to the warehouse, if it's just the box of the item that broke, most often the customer won't care, but if they do, we just issue a refund. I also tell them that if the item is damaged because the box is closed and I can't open it, to call support and tell them, but before they call support, I already told them so they know whats going on.
Here's a government webpage that discusses the issue in-depth and even provides sources: http://www.government.se/articles/2017/02/facts-about-migration-and-crime-in-sweden/
We would literally just have to tell them to stop. We'd knock on the door. There were people trying to hook up during flights in their seats too. Basically, you find the flight attendant most comfortable walking by and telling them to stop.
Are you going to say anything about the 3 documentaries coming out this year? :)
I'm actually a TOC agent that you or the customer would talk to when something like this happens. I've noticed that drivers usually seem frustrated at having to call us and I was wondering why that is
Three docs about crime in America. Murder in Milwaukee; sex trafficking in Houston; and opioid addiction.
Man, with all due respect, YOU GUYS ARE THE WORST! Literally, you guys are just a middle man that work from home and issue tickets to dispatch between with us delivery drivers and Amazon Dispatch. If Amazon would add a feature to our apps to contact dispatch and leave notes, it would make our lives WAAAYYY easier. I am not saying you exactly, but 99% of the time whatever we say or do even though it's only on-road support, it's out of your reach except trying to contact the customer, you guys do have a better way or more numbers to call from to reach the customer, but besides that the same exact answer is: I am doing the notes to send to the station.
And telling us if it's an attended delivery and we still have to do other deliveries to wait for the customer or re-attempt delivery is something that we don't have the time to do. The other day I contacted support, the agent told me to NOT mark the packages as undeliverable and to continue my route and re-attempt, I marked it undeliverable regardless. It counts towards me if I make that delivery late.
Hi Louis. Love your documentaries. Have you ever kept in contact with anyone you met?
How does one get into this?
Do you think this is more or less lucrative that Uber driving?
Comparing it to Uber, it depends. I average between $23-27 an hour, the good this that it's guaranteed pay, even if you don't get a route, you still get paid.
Hey Louis, how do you manage to keep your cool around some of the people featured in your documentaries, for instance The West Boro Baptist Church members or the Nazis in Louis and The Nazis? Have there been times where you've blown up or nearly blown up at these kinds of people or have you always managed to stay calm?
How much of that is going to gas, insurance, etc?
I get asked this probably more than any other question! It doesn't take much effort to keep my cool. It takes more effort sometimes to lose my cool - to raise the pressure in interviews. But I do my best. I guess I'm not a confrontational guy.
In my case, the car I drive, is not expensive, cheap to maintain and gives me between 25-29 mpg. I pay $330 every 6 months for insurance and separate around 20% of daily pay towards car maintenance, tires, etc.
I know there has been a lot of controversy about if the people migrating are actual war refugees or just people from impoverished countries in the area taking advantage of the situation.
How does Sweden verify, if the person in question says he lost every piece of ID?
And the other flight attendant was actually an Asian guy. Whole thing makes sense.
The process looks something like this:
The refugee in question applies for permanent residence in Sweden. He claims he's from country X and that life there is so dangerous he can't possibly go back. He is then questioned on the details of his story. What village is he from, what specifically was dangerous about his situation, what family members does he have that are still in the country, are they alive or dead, etc. etc.
The department of migration now does two things: One, it does research to see if his statements check out. Has he described the village accurately, is it under threat, etc. Two, it cross-examines his answers at a later date to check for inconsistencies.
If the person has not given strong enough information to support his position, his application is denied. I have seen many examples of this. For example, one person I've worked with was denied asylum because he couldn't name the province his village was in. Another was denied because he didn't know the names of the neighbouring cities. They are very, very thorough.
I joined another FA on her trip because it was a nice layover, I wasn't working, so shared her room. I went to the wrong room which was the Asian mans before finally finding my way back to ours
After filming how strong was your friendship with Jimmy Saville? Do you look back and see hints of his past?
Typically, things like making you wear a uniform would violate independent contractor status. Has there been anything like that that you are expected to do?
Oh man. It was complicated. Not really a friendship. But friendliness for sure. You need to watch the follow up doc I made "Savile".
Amazon doesn't give us a dress code, actually they tell us that we can wear whatever we want. There's people that do it in suit and tie and woman who wear REALLY shirt skirts and flip flops in summer.
What was your read on Mark Rathbun? After seeing My Scientology movie I was left struck by both his proud willingness to brag about how "powerful" he was within the world of Scientology, whilst simultaneously not wanting to face up to the damage he caused whilst doing so.
It left me wondering how much his word could be trusted, both in terms of his power within Scientology and his complicity in their abuses. Your film certainly coloured my attitude to his role in the Going Clear documentary too.
Can you run side businesses or promotions as an independent contractor? (If you're wearing a suit/tie, for example, could you also advertise for a local tailor while performing deliveries?)
Wow.. the decompression thing sounds nuts! At least all was well in the end
Lol these tourists 😂
Marty (aka Mark) is a complicated dude but I think he is being truthful when he describes himself at being at the top of the tree in Scientology. One of the things I enjoy in the movie is the journey we go on together and the way he wasn't shy about calling BS on me - his "emotional availability".
I guess you could, but if Amazon finds out, or a customer complains, it can get you in trouble. I'd rather just advice to do the route.
Alright signing off for now but will check back later and answer questions...
Are there any topics you'd like to revisit like you did with porn and the westboro baptist church?
I'm not certain, but I think it would be Amazon that would be in trouble if they have any restrictions or penalties on freedoms allowed for independent contractors. They couldn't for example prevent you from putting a large wraparound advertisement on your own delivery vehicle (like say "BUY BOB'S TACOS") for a different service, right?
Well lets start about that ceertain someone and his statements.
Is there a fear level in certain swedish suburbs that was not there before the latest wave of immigration (lastv 10 year)from war torn countries ?
Is it true that planes exist?
Yes but I have to be careful not to get too caught up in my old stories. I'm curious about the ones involving children. Would love to follow up with Lamb and Lynx from my show on neo-Nazis in California.
I think it's more of ethical stuff.
I've been in Lyft rides where the drivers try to sell me whatever they have a side-gig and it gets a little uncomfortable.
I suppose you could say that. I myself lived in one of the more, shall we say, "unstable" suburbs in Stockholm about two years ago, and there were times where you would definitely feel unsafe. But whether or not you can pin that on immigration is trickier. For instance, in the last few years we have had a complete restructuring of the police force in Sweden, which is generally considered to have made it less effective. There's also an argument to be made that the actual criminal element of these suburbs is made up of a very small amount of people, and that the majority of residents are law-abiding citizens. And of course, there's no such thing as no-go zones in Sweden.
There are other arguments, like how suburbs have become very segregated or how our school system doing worse, but discussing those might just be a bit overkill.
Planes exist. What do you mean?? I don't understand. EXIST?? Planes do exist. Yeah.
What is the most scariest moment you've had while filming a documentary?
that brings up the idea of using your delivery vehicle simultaneously for lyft and amazon. doable?
There's a dude in our warehouse that does Amazon Restaurants deliveries in Northern Virginia while also doing Uber Eats at the same time. Multi-tasking at it's finest.
Hey Louis! How do you feel about the 'personality cult' that seems to have formed around you in recent years (especially in the UK)? Do you find the university societies and cushions with your face on flattering or weird?
Do they explain why drivers can't see the delivery instructions? I live in a gated complex and about half of the drivers have to call, and others somehow figure out the gate code. Typical explanation is that they cant read delivery instructions until the delivery has been made. That makes no sense to me, but I'm sure they have a reason. Is it because they don't want drivers reading their phones while driving?
On a personal level, what are a few of your favorite films?
I have a fear of flying, especially during take off. What are some things I should know before my flight that'll comfort me?
It happens, the app does have some glitches where sometimes we can't see the notes left until we are actually in the delivery place or at least a quarter mile away from the delivery stop. We have made several feedback notes on that issue and we keep getting the same canned answers over and over again, so I guess that they are actually fixing that issue.
You could, as a last resort, write on the delivery address of Prime Now Orders the gate code before the street address. That way you are guaranteed that we will see the code before the address.
There are films I can just put on and watch at any time, and there are films I like to dedicate an entire day to just watch and soak in. Of the former, my favorites are probably Groundhog Day or Master & Commander. Of the latter, anything by Takeshi Kitano or Werner Herzog. Sonatine is probably number one.
Honestly though, we're really well trained. We go through 6-7 weeks of just evacuation training. Every kind of emergency you can think of. We're so well trained.
Do you make enough if i only tip $1 or $2? I have struggling college student friend that wants to ask.
The level of vitriol directed at ex-members, and at Marty Rathbun in particular. When you see it yourself, the nastiness is unreal. In the name of religion!
We make a minimum guaranteed. If the driver is using a 2007 Prius then he's making good money, but if the driver is using a BMW X5 to deliver packages, well maybe he might need the tip. Tip as much or as little as you feel like. The Amazon app will tell you the recommended amount depending on what you are ordering. If you are only ordering $20 worth of stuff I know it doesn't make sense to leave a $5.00 tip. So yeah you could leave $2. I also might add, we can't see who left tips or not.
I heard a podcast with you and Richard Herring that was an incredibly tense listen. Was that all for show or was there actually a tension between you two after he used the word 'pathetic'? And, if so, what is it about him that managed to get under your skin after the church of Scientology tried and failed.
Edit: Added link
I know that your example was to highlight the fact that a Prius will be achieving better gas mileage than an X5, but you literally could not have chosen a more backwards example to portray someone who is struggling and "might need the tip."
A Hummer could beat the X5.
Edit: And believe it or not, people do deliver in Suburbans, Ridgelines, Dodge Durango R/T, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger Hemi, BMW 5 series and 3 series, Mercedes E350 and other high end/gas guzzler cars.
Can you recommend some of your favourite documentaries/documentary subjects to anyone that wants to get kickstarted on a documentary marathon?
I'm English, so my view on tipping is different to Americans.
When placing an order the app adds a recommend tip that would have to be manually removed.
If you're a great driver, on time, friendly, and helpful then you deserve a tip. However if you're late, missing items, generally unhelpful then you don't. However the app asks me to provide a tip before I have received the service.
Is this just a local custom difference?
I'd prefer that the delivered message asks me to rate and tip the driver.
In the U.S., you have up to 24 hours after the Prime Now order was received to change the tip. It's probably the same over in the U.K.
Since you're traveling a lot just wondering what you like to listen to? Music, podcasts?
I have SiriusXM, I listen to mostly music and talk shows including news. (Hits1, Hip Hop Nation, Alt-Nation, 90's on 9, Pop2k, CNN News, Fox News and Comedy Channel)
How often do you find that your views are challenged or changed during the making of your documentaries? Do you have any notable experiences of it that you are willing to share?
Nice, who have you been listening to as of late?
So what happened last night in Sweden?
But on a more serious note, what has been the most surprising thing you've had to deal with working with the refugees? And what's been your biggest difficulty?
Flying through Chicago this month. What popcorn from where?
I felt more open to the idea of "canned hunts" for trophy animals after I did the show. It's not my cup of tea but compared with industrial farming it's nothing like as bad and probably helps keep stocks of animals healthy.
Honestly, I got the new song from Alessia Cara and Zedd - Stay on repeat in my head. It doesn't go away.
I got black-out drunk and mained Hanzo all night long.
It was not my proudest moment.
As for your serious question, I think the most surprising thing has probably been just how normal you realize that these people are once the circumstances of their being here stop being as relevant to your interactions with them. Especially the minors. Before they are refugees, before they are Hazara or Syrian or Ethiopian, before they are Muslim or Christian, they are just kids. I double as a substitute teacher, and I see the exact same behaviours in school as I see in the accommodation. They have rebellious phases, they get depressed, they fall in love, they discover new hobbies and interests. They very quickly stop being refugees and start being simply people.
The most difficult thing I've had to deal with is kids who regress because their applications are rejected. Once you know you're not going to stay in the country much longer, you stop caring about anything. I've seen people lock themselves in their rooms for days on end, neglect school and work and friends, and sometimes even become suicidal. What's worse is that there is very little we can do to help them. We can't tell them everything will be alright and that they should hold out hope, because it won't. They've been rejected. It's over.
Garrett's Popcorn Chicago Mix. It's at the airport. It's by the dinosaur.
Have you ever struggled to keep your composure during filming and remain professional? Out of disgust or for some other reason?
And do you think Donald Trump will write an angery 3 am tweet about your SAD! decision to create a documentary surrounding him? Would you respond to it if he did? How would you respond?
Thanks for doing such fantastic documentaries and covering such interesting topics. I can't think of one time I've heard any criticism about your docs. Keep doing you!
Did the people get their dildos by the afternoon though?
I'm pretty good at keeping my composure. Sometimes it's okay to laugh or get annoyed. I did an interview with a plastic surgeon who specialized in "phalloplasties" - making penises. Something about him made me laugh. But he was okay with it.
At every block we deliver them. Butt plugs were on high demand the first and second week of last month.
Is there anything about Savile that hasn't been revealed publically that would surprise us?
Do you set your schedule like uber or do you have a set weekly schedule??
We have what is called offers. Amazon sends out offers throughout the day and if you are available to work the shift that they are asking you, you just pick it up. When no offers are available it looks like this
When there are offers available it will show up like this
And you can accept or deline the offer if you want to work it or not, like this
Disclaimer: Some markets pay more than others, some pay less than others.
Edit: Messed up imgur pics, fixed.
Are there any specific personality traits or weakness that the church exploits?
Are you worried about being replaced by drones?
The process of bringing in new members is sometimes called "find their ruin" - find the soft spot of vulnerability that Scn tech can "fix". But it varies from person to person.
Not really, it will take Amazon quite a while to produce the amount of drones needed. Plus Washington D.C. is a HUGEE No-Fly zone.
You said that the increase in sex crimes from 2015-2016 can be explained exclusively by Swedish legislative changes regarding sex crimes.
Could you please tell me exactly what sex crime laws were changed during that time period and how they would cause such a notable increase in comparison to previous years. How exactly do you believe that these specific legaslative changes had a larger effect on your countries crime rate than accepting in thousands of impoverished people who treat women like livestock?
Also, hypothetically, if you knew that migrants were committing rapes at much higher rates than native Swedes, would you feel any guilt about your compliance in it all?
For instance, in Sweden, multiple accounts of sexual assault will count as individual charges. If you rape someone multiple times, it will not be filed in court as one instance of rape but rather several.
Also, the definition of rape has been broadened considerably. For instance, if you feel unsure about sleeping with someone, and afterwards felt like you weren't okay with it, that can be considered rape.
Most rapes occur at home, and the guilty party is often someone in your circle of friends or family. That fact hasn't changed in Sweden.
Now, I'm intrigued by your phrasing of the hypothetical question. Why would I feel compliant in migrants committing rapes? It's not my fault that Sweden is complying with international law on accepting asylum seekers. Not only that, but my job is to actively help refugees integrate into society and become law-abiding citizens. In your hypothetical scenario, am I not fighting the good fight?
I would say just wear your seatbelt during it. We go through turbulence regularly. The pilots are aware and it happens all the time.
What was it like growing up with Adam and Joe? Do you have a favourite memory of your time together, either as teenagers or as adults? This never fails to crack me up
Please tell Dr Buckles that I love him, bye.
How much do you have to lift to be an Amazon driver?
Why are you in denial about refugees committing more rapes and other crime? http://wwwc.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/0003/13/dokument.html https://www.bra.se/download/18.cba82f7130f475a2f1800012697/1371914727881/2005_17_brottslighet_bland_personer_fodda_sverige_och_utlandet.pdf
what is your favorite airplane to fly in?
We used to go and see cheesy horror films in the West End together. I remember one called The Stuff that was about an attack by monster that resembled frozen yoghurt.
Terms and Conditions claims up to 50 pounds, that said, we might have orders that weigh at total of 200 pounds or even more, so we need to do several trips from the car to the house or apartment.
It seems like neither source is discussing refugees, and both in fact support my overall position on immigration and crime. Socioeconomic factors are more important variables than ethnicity or country of origin in explaining crime rates.
787! Dreamliner. So pretty.
Coming up with the idea of doing reenactments and figuring out how we could make them be something more than a stunt.
Yes, you can work when and how long, as long as they have offers or shifts available for you to work. Just because you go to the warehouse doesn't mean that you have stuff to do.
I would also go out by myself. I didn't go out with the crew because they just go to the hotel bar and get wasted. I would like to go on adventures.
You don't get long layovers all of the time. A lot of them are only about 10 hours.
During a layover in Baltimore, I'm at a bar by myself drinking a dirty martini. The bartender set me up with a guy who said he was from Amazon or Google. I don't know what it was but they apparently had a project going on there.
We go out boppin' around town from bar to bar and drinking. He's like 50 and I'm like 22 at the time. I'm a vegetarian but I guess at some point I really wanted steak. So he gets me a filet mignon. I don't remember a lot but I remember he had to bring me back to the hotel and walked me into my room.
Woke up the next morning and he had kindly left a party favor from the night before on top of my uniform.
I really don't know who this guy actually was or if he's some lonely ex-convict, I don't know. The bartender was just like "here's here from out of town for about three months. Now that I think about it...I really don't know why he was on his own.
Going native is part of the job, in an emotional sense - forming an a rapport and a bit of an attachment. It's helpful that I have a team with me - director, sound recordist, AP. They can yank me up if I get in too deep. We sometimes decompress back at the hotel.
On the app we can see what the customer ordered, but it takes a few steps to see them. You need to reach the destination first and then go to Return Packages and then Customer doesn't want a particular item to see the whole order of what the customer paid for. It takes some time and I usually don't do it. I do it only in 1-hour deliveries to see what they are paying the extra $8 on, and oh god, people just want sunscreen and mascara plus Apple juice and a box of Chewy Chips Ahoy really bad.
If we deliver late packages, we better have a REALLY good reason of why the order was late. If there was simply too much demand and not enough drivers to fill the demand then we are good, also with traffic, but Amazon can track us and see everything that we do, including the speed we are doing and if we brake hard. If we stopped for food in McDonalds and got late deliveries because of that, it's our fault and we are screwed.
Yeah. Usually you get pulled right off of a flight.
I had "sit time" in Denver, which is when you have just two or three hours in between flights. Not quite a layover.
I'm in the crew room and I get...approached....for a drug test. They said they were looking for me for a drug test. So I finished my burrito but I had to warm up my fake urine. The whole time I'm talking to this lady who's doing the drug test and just saying, "I'm sorry I can't pee yet." Meanwhile, I'm putting the fake urine in my pantyhose and I have one of those Hot Hand things...those hand warmers. That's how you heat up the fake urine.
So I have that against me while trying to waste time and talk with this lady about other drug tests and trying to pull out hints on how to pass the next one. Sitting there just kind fidgeting around to try and warm it up. Every now and then I would go into the bathroom and see if the fake urine was ready. It has this black line that shows the temperature. Once it turns green or something, then it's 98.6 degrees. Hot enough to be used.
I went in like 4 or 5 times and kept saying "nope sorry I have a shy bladder". She'd reply saying "oh no it's cool!". Because I don't look like someone needs a drug test....or maybe I do. Maybe right now I do.
Then finally when I get it ready and present it to this lady, her phone rings and she goes out to take the call. She's talking for at least 5 minutes and my fake urine is getting cold so I keep breathing on it to keep it warm because I didn't want to do it again. I didn't have any more! I only carry one little thing of fake urine on me.
I get them in Hollywood at this smoke shop. Every time I'd buy it, he'd look at me weirdly because I look pretty innocent.
You’ve spent a lot of time with the extreme right wing, neo nazis, and the like. Do you know, or can you speculate on, how they view Richard Spencer getting punched or the attacks on people at the Yiannopoulos speech at Berkeley?
And in general, do you have a sense of how they feel about the current political situation in the United States? Would you ever revisit the Nazis of Louis and the Nazis?
Love your work.
As an independent contractor are you responsible for paying your own taxes or does amazon deduct before paying you?
I heard that if you're in a career where you do something very often that most people don't do very often (e.g. wedding photographer, tour guide), then you get so used to it that you don't understand the hype at all. Is this the case for you? What do you think of people who get all excited, thinking "oh I get to ride in an airplane!!"? Also, what do you guys do after all the passengers get off? Do you just fly back home right away or do you have time to go to the gift shop or something?
I think they'd oppose the punching of their fellow-neo Nazis! But TBH I don't believe in punching neo-Nazis either. It gives them credibility.
Amazon sends us a 1099. Up to us to pay our taxes.
It's not as glamorous as it seems. People think a lot of our job is traveling to amazing places all the time and having long layovers, but a lot of time it's a flight to Newark with a 10 hour layover or a redeye flight to Hawaii just to turn right around... there are some really great trips though. Mostly the senior FAs get those trips.
Do you have to leave your belt on the entire flight? I always hate being stuck to my chair. So i mostly just take it of and sit in weird positions :)
I think Shelly Miscavige is alive and living at Lake Arrowhead at the Scn base up there. We talked about including something about her in the doc but it's hard to get close.
Pay the stuff bruh, it's already in the cart and waiting for your credit card info.
You can loosen it. It's not like it needs to be the tightest possible...you can do what you want with it. What kind of awkward position are you sitting in? How weird can it get?
Do you feel more helpful or annoyed when people ask for extra snacks?
Yes, it happens in all markets. Tell him to just keep searching or if he can, to do it mostly from Thursday to Saturday, since a lot of other drivers are already capped with the full hours and can't do more blocks. He probably has better chances of getting blocks on the weekend.
I never mind giving people snacks! Just ask when we do the service... I hated people always ringing their call bell.
There was an international flight that had a little kid playing with the bell button so on this particular plane we could disable the alert noise and just ignore it... when one flight attendant went through the cabin a man stopped her and yelled at her saying "I keep fingering you, and fingering you, but you never come!" while motioning toward his call bell button. Hahaha that flight attendant could barely listen to his request without bursting out laughing
Does a good tip mean I bet my order faster? Or are your routes pre-determined for you?
What was the most heartbreaking story you have encountered as a flight attendant? Also, how did you manage the situation?
Amazon gives us a suggested route, but I am free to do the route how it best serves me. If it's my last block (shift) and it's an order that is heading to where I live, but the suggested route tells me to start where I live and finish closer to the warehouse, I can start closer to the warehouse and finish near where I live.
Because you leave a $20.00 tip doesn't mean that your package will be the first one to be delivered. If you want your order fast, I'd suggest using the 1-hour delivery option if it's available in your market.
There was one situation with a father and son. The people behind the son kept kicking their seats telling them to not lean back so far. They both got pretty heated and we're starting to yell. When I approached them they said they were waiting to go to the funeral of the mother/grandmother. They were going to miss their connection most likely and not make it home in time which is why they were so aggravated and didn't mean to be so rude. They wanted to be with family and this was of course the time that all the flights were delayed. I understood, the people behind them understood. I gave them and the passengers behind some of our snacks without charging and thanked them for calming and apologized for the inconvenience. The airline wouldn't do anything for them when they eventually did miss their connection. The only thing I could really do was apologize again and give them free drink tickets. The son started crying and they both appreciated my help when the airline was so inconsiderate.
People don't usually share their stories, so if I ever saw someone having a rough time always tried to do what I could.
Also parents with well behaved kids coming back from Disneyland always got a couple free drinks and the kids received candy from me... those people had been through enough Haha.
Is it true that flight attendents get sick a lot because of being exposed to people with different germs in a confined space all the time? Any tips on how not to get sick travelling?
Some get sick, some build tolerance. If there is a cold or flu going around we usually get it right away. I wore gloves picking up trash sometimes to avoid getting sick.
I'm not sure if those Emergen-C or Airborne tablets work but that's the best advice I really have. You're crammed in to a small area with hundreds of people recycling the air... it's hard to avoid.
Has anyone ever had a serious medical issue (e.g., heart attack, stroke) while on one of your flights? How was that dealt with?
There was a man on the flight back from Melbourne that passed out and seemed to seizure while waiting for the restroom. We held his and put him on his back without bringing too much attention to the situation. We called over the intercom for a medically trained passenger since we are only trained for some of the medical emergencies. Turns out the man was diabetic, that was the reason I was told at least. We did not have to emergency land or anything. Every time something like that happens we have to document it.
I have had a guy pass out and hit his head on one of the carts in the galley. It was a medical condition and he got up, but the other FA accused him of being drunk and interrogated him. I stood up for the passenger and had the FA walk away. We did have to do the report still because his head bled a bit.
Yes. Probably not on an airplane though.
How much time would you get to actually spend time in new cities? Like if you went out of the country, what would your turn around be? Would it have been fairly easy to spend a weekend there and then work a return flight the next week? Or was it pretty much, off to the hotel, and then right back the next day for the next flight?
Would you work with the same people usually? Pilot, co-attendants, etc? or was it pretty random each day? Or after a few months you pretty much new everyone?
And thanks! Always appreciated my FA's as a guest.
Sometimes you get 48 hours somewhere, other times it can be 9. I know there was a trip with a very short Shanghai layover I never wanted to get. When you start it's pretty random because you're on reserve. Once people bid for their trips and get a schedule for the month they usually fly with those same people at least all month. The pilots are usually different.