Posts Tagged With: Flight Attendant

September 11th.

I still remember the shocked feeling I had 16 years ago today when my English teacher wheeled in a television for my class to watch as the second plane crashed into the World Trade Centre.  The feelings of confusion as to why someone would deliberately harm so many innocent people mixed with the sadness for all those who were killed.

Fast forward 16 years and I still sit here with those same feelings, but one now stands out above the rest – the feeling of what those flight crew members must have been thinking in those final minutes before their plane crashed. Becoming a flight attendant added another level to my feeling of loss surrounding September 11th.

Over the past year, I have been completely obsessed with the musical “Come From Away,” and especially with the character of Beverley Bass, the first female American Airlines captain in history. She was one of the pilots who found themselves landing in Gander, Newfoundland after the American airspace was closed following the attacks on September 11th, 2001.  She sings about her love of aviation, working her way up as a female in a male-dominated profession, and how she felt that day learning that someone took the thing she loved most and turned it into a weapon:

“When suddenly someone on air to air traffic says
At 8:46 there’s been a terrorist action”
And the one thing I loved more than anything was used as the bomb
Suddenly I’m in a hotel
Suddenly something has died
Suddenly there’s something in between me and the sky”

Me and the Sky- Jen Colella, Come From Away (short version)

That feeling of having something you love being used in such a horrific way brings me to tears every time I listen to this song.

The musical is based on true accounts of the days that followed September 11th, when 38 planes bound for the United States were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland.

There is also a book, “The Day the World Came to Town- 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland”, that shares stories from passengers, crew and the townspeople who generously dropped everything and opened their doors to the “plane people” who arrived in their small town.

fullsizeoutput_bd4On a flight this summer, I found myself stopping in Gander. Looking out at the small airport, it was hard to imagine 38 planes and 6,595 passengers and crew members arriving here, in a town with around 10,000 living in it. fullsizeoutput_bd5

‘You are here at the start of a moment on the edge of the world where the river meets the sea. Here on the edge of the Atlantic on an island in between there and here’

In a time of terror around the world, these Newfoundlanders did everything they could to make their unexpected guests feel safe. Both the musical and the book share stories of love, compassion and the unselfish desire to help those in need.

 

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Flights

Or those who work them!

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New Year, New Career!

Often, the biggest problem with having a travel addiction is figuring out how to fund it. This is why my goal for 2012 was to find a job that would pay me to get out of here, instead of the other way around.  I didn’t care what the job was as long as I’d be able to fly away, while paying off my student debt and maxed-out Visa at the same time.

So as 2012 continued to slip away, I began to think more seriously about what my new job could be: tour guide, travel agent, pilot, flight attendant, cruise ship worker, circus performer?!?  Flight attending was something I’d thought about since I was a teenager, but it never felt like the right time.  However, with the end of 2012 looming, I decided it was now or never. I’d heard about Canjet from an old high school friend who was currently working seasonally for the company. After hearing more about the job, I gave her my resume and waited with my fingers crossed for a phone call.  That call came at the end of August while I was on the beach in Croatia. I had an interview shortly after, and by the beginning of October, I had a new job! Continue reading

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