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An Open Letter From A Flight Attendant Regarding Coronavirus

These are unprecedented times, not only for our aviation industry but for the whole world.

Never before have we faced an emergency as serious as the Corona Virus and it’s an incredibly worrying and un-nerving time for everyone.

One of my lovely dollies contacted me recently to vent some of her thoughts and concerns and here are her words.

“To the wonderful flying public.

I am an anonymous hostie and I’ve got a few things that I’d like to say...

The world has gone mad. Stock piling food, hoarding loo-rolls, hand sanitisers and paracetamol. But we haven’t had time to go and buy these things, because we’ve been too busy trying to get everyone home.

We have been told that we need to refrain from touching, breathing and being near each other. But we are still locked in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers. We still hold the hands of the nervous flyers, give first aid to the sick and possibly even save someone’s life.

Apparently being in a uniform meant that I had a crystal ball to know which country was going to fall to this virus next; what’s going to happen with flights if the places you are travelling to goes in to lock-down; will you get your money back if you cancel future flights and so on, and so on, and so on. When we don’t predict right or don’t tell you what you want to hear you take your frustrations out on us.

Now, I love my job. I really do. But I’m coming to work, plastering on my lipstick and my toothiest smile. The ‘Keep calm and carry on’ attitude is alive and strong with all of us in the aviation industry, but we REALLY could do with a little kindness, please.

February’s ‘Be Kind’ message needs to come back ASAP. The reality of this situation is dawning on us more and more each day, with job losses, unpaid leave and changes to our terms and conditions we’ve never seen before and to be honest, we’re all worried sick.

We’ve been giving up our days off and leave to get you home; putting our loved ones at risk, ourselves at risk. All in the name of helping.

Now please don’t think this is a rant, because it really is not. I love what I do, we all love what we do. The public, sometimes, aren’t very kind to us and we could do with a little bit of kindness. That’s all we need, and you’ll be amazed at the effect it has.

Stay Strong, my sky family.

We got this.”

© Anonymous crew member for by Dan Air.

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