I just thought I'd give you a quick update on a major change in my life.
Why am I doing this? Well, after my training is over today, I'm just going to be working part-time. And the reason I'm working is for the benefits. My whole family can fly anywhere in the United States for free and internationally for a very low price. Like it's $120 round-trip to Italy, just to give you an example. And....if we really want to do it up right, it's $20 to upgrade to first-class within the states (including Canada and Mexico) and $100 internationally. But wait, there's more.....My parents get to fly on my benefits for approximately 10% of the ticketed price. It's just a tiny way I can reward them for being the best parents in the whole wide WORLD.
Let me tell you..... I will never get onto another plane again in my life without being so thankful for the people who are making it all happen! You have NO idea what goes on in order to get a plane off the ground, on time. (or the pressure to make it happen!) It has truly been an eye opening experience and I'm actually really grateful for the opportunity it has given me to learn some new skills and meet some amazing people.
Meet "New Crew" Unless you can say it with some hip-hop flair, don't even try.
I'm only working down on "the ramp" through April, and then I will be starting a five week training course to become a Gate Agent, which is where I really want to be. I will get to be inside, wearing a cute dress and talking into the microphone when it's time to have the passengers board the aircraft. Trust me when I tell you it's better than roasting on the tar-mac and trying to stack 50+ pound bags inside a bin that you have to crouch inside of as they are speeding towards you on a conveyer belt at the speed of light. Oh, and while you stack them (neatly, tags out) you must also count them (keeping the "heavy" bags separate) and write an accurate number with your accompanying signature to give to the pilot so he knows how much the baggage on his plane weighs. It's just slightly stressful. And when I say slightly, I mean I almost have a heart attack every time I have to do it.
And don't even get me started on "pushing the plane out". Did you know that planes don't have reverse? So you have to hook these machines up to the plane and push them back from the gate onto the runway.
Do you KNOW how big a plane is? Well.... when Alan (gently) forced me to pushback, I put the headset on and told the pilot (in my sweetest, most girliest voice) that I was brand new and to please be patient. All the pilots were super cool and told me I did a great job. Obviously, pilots are excellent liars, but I'm pretty sure they enjoyed the fishtailing I subjected them to. Who doesn't like to have a little fun on the job?
And so, here's to another adventure in my life. Pray for me! I seriously need all the help I can get!