From experiencing the thrill of adventure to taking amazing vacations at little or no cost, there are a lot of unique perks to being a flight attendant.
But the job comes with its challenges as well.
Delays and flight cancellations, 4 a.m. wake-up calls and sporadic hours, weekends and holidays spent working, and long work commutes top the list for many.
Flight attendants are also privy to a wide array of human behaviors, some of which would challenge anyone’s people skills.
Here are some of the most trying work conditions flight attendants have been subjected to:
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Dirty diapers in the seat
Poo smelly enough to land a plane
The BBC reports that in March 2015, a British Airways flight from London to Dubai was forced to turn around because of a “smelly poo.”
Abhishek Sachdev, who was on board the flight, told BBC, “The pilot made an announcement requesting senior cabin crew, and we knew something was a bit odd. About 10 minutes later he said, ‘You may have noticed there’s a quite pungent smell coming from one of the toilets.’ He said it was liquid fecal excrement. Those are the words he used.”
A BA spokesperson said the situation posed a health and safety problem because only half the air is recycled and cleaned on an airplane.
Passengers were put up in a hotel overnight since the next available flight was 15 hours later, according to the BBC.
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