Tragically on May 30, 2016 Owen Bedall author of ‘Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant’ was found dead in his home in Melbourne, Australia.
This is my review of the book and it’s inclusion into our Confessions of a Trolley Dolly Inflight Entertainment will be a lasting tribute to the fabulous Mr Bedall.
The book market is flooded with ‘true life’ stories of flight attendants from around the world. I hope to flood it even further next year with my ‘Confessions Of A Trolley Dolly Cabin Crew Manual’, stay tuned for more information. Over the years I have read a vast majority of these ‘behind the scenes’, ‘tell-all’ novels and biographies. Some are excellent. Some however, are complete drivel and I often question if the ‘writers’ have actually even set foot onboard an aircraft, let alone been a flight attendant.
Owen Beddall contacted me about his new book ‘Confessions Of A Qantas Flight Attendant’. I had already heard some very good things about this latest cabin crew biography and was excited to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a warts and all look at life at one of the worlds biggest and most recognised airlines.
“In Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant, Owen Beddall tells you the things you always wanted to know – and maybe a few you didn’t – about the world of flying. This book is packed with cabin crew adventures and misadventures in and out of that smart uniform in far-flung places. There’s sex, drugs and plenty of celebrity sightings: Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Venus Williams and Cate Blanchett all step into the galley to gossip with Owen”.
The story begins with Owens quest to become a flight attendant for Australia’s national carrier Qantas. Always a fan of travelling, like so many of us, it was a friend already working for the airline that put the idea in his head. After his intensive training Owen became part of the ‘Qantas family’, a loving, safe and friendly environment, or so he thought. But his time at the airline would prove to be not quite the dream he had hoped for.
From fun and frivolities around the world, meeting some of the worlds biggest celebs including Katy Perry and her then beau Russell Brand; dealing with some very interesting passengers and fellow crew members; to the secrets of how long-haul crew deal with the dreaded jet-lag and long hours with a little medicinal help, this book is FULL of the trials and tribulations of a flight attendant.
Sadly, Owens career was marred with a number of medical incidents that soon saw the job he loved in jeopardy. This, coupled with Qantas’ well publicised financial difficulties and the introduction of the Airbus A380, soon began to bring dark clouds over the company. New contracts and over excitable new recruits made the ‘legacy crew’ even more downtrodden and before long it was time for him to hang up his wings.
As Beddall closes the book, his dismay with the company is clear to see. I can sympathise with him, as i’m sure those of us who have been flying for some years can too. Many of us ‘old school’ crew members have watched our terms and conditions and perks of the job be eroded away, as airlines strive to cut costs, sadly at any cost to their crew. We are the faces of an airline, the people who can quite often make or break the decision of a passenger flying with us again. Yet the people sat behind a desk in their windowless offices, seem to only want to make our lives a misery. Sadly there is only so long anyone can take this constant struggle against management, management that are only interested in the pound/dollar signs that constantly cloud their judgement. The company that Owen had worked so hard for and been so proud to represent around the globe simply turned their back on him, just when he needed them the most.
If you are on the hunt for your next good read or a Christmas gift, ‘Confessions Of A Qantas Flight Attendant’ is an honest, frank and hilarious look at life as a flight attendant and I just couldn’t put it down.
If you wish to download to your Kindles, iPad etc or if you’re like me and love a real book then simply click on the following link…..
“This book is for all of the flight attendants the world over, answering those call bells and getting passengers home safely. Cabin crew, prepare for take-off!”
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