Flight attendants say they quit because the job wasn’t all glamour and travel

Many travel-fans have thought about becoming a flight attendant before – after all, you get to travel the world!

There are plenty of things to love about the industry from free flights to tips from passengers.

However, there are also lots of downsides including difficult schedules, disrupted sleep patterns and low pay.

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Previously, we’ve spoken to former flight attendants who quit for a number of reasons, such as Love Island’s Lucinda Strafford who said the job just wasn’t as glamorous as she expected.

Meanwhile, a number of cabin crew said they left the role for higher pay as OnlyFans models – with one claiming she now makes £40k a month.

One curious person on Reddit asked flight attendants last week why they had left the aviation industry.

They asked: “I’m wanting to hear from people that have left the aviation industry, specifically a mainline.

“I know a lot of people left when the pandemic was in full force, but I’m wondering if there are others out there that left for other reasons?

“This is definitely a career that has people sticking around for 30+ years, but I would like to hear the thoughts of those who found it wasn’t for them.”

If you’re thinking about signing up with an airline it could be important information to keep in mind.

Check out their answers below…

Money and family

One person said: “Current FA at a legacy airline and I'm looking for a way out. I’m struggling financially. I left my friends and family behind to chase this dream and I'm so lonely.

“Starting at the beginning of the Covid pandemic, it felt like I witnessed such a decline in the industry. It doesn't feel the same anymore.”

Another noted: “Biggest reason for me is pay. Seeing my coworkers at 5+ year seniority still struggling scares me.

“At their pay rate, I still wouldn't be able to move out, buy a home, or achieve any of my financial goals.”

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A third added: “Waiting 5+ years to be able to make money to be able to pay my bills is insane.

“The fact that having a part time job to make ends meet is so normalized… how the hell are you supposed to work a part time job when you don’t know when you’re working?

“I know the potential to make money is there, but that’s flying high time, and call me crazy, but I want to actually spend time with my husband and animals and be in my home.”

Hard schedules and boredom

One flight attendant added: “Management sucks and I feel like I work so hard, please so many people, only to be treated horribly in a thankless job.

“I have been worked to exhaustion by crew scheduling and thrown trash at by passangers. I don’t deserve that.

“I also feel like the job is very monotonous.”

Another said: “The job is exciting when you first start (potentially) but eventually, I grew tired of the lifestyle (plus the layovers grew shorter and shorter with my old airline, making the job less fun).

“I also agree that this job can make you feel like you're not using your brain if that makes sense.”

Constant delays

Last year, when holidays took off again after years in lockdown the UK experienced an extreme number of delays – and this seems to have taken its toll.

One flight attendant noted: “They all told me delays were rare and irregular ops only occurred during winter months and stormy months in the summer.

“Everyday it’s constant and constant delays!

“But now it’s awful for them, bc this wasn’t how it used to be!

“And customers aren’t like they used to be. Covid brought hostility out of customers.”


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