Cabin crew confessions: Life at 30,000ft

While you're sitting back, sipping on a cold drink and enjoying your flight, a team of dedicated flight attendants are busy making sure everything runs like clockwork. But when your office is over five miles in the air - anything can happen. We caught up with seasoned air stewardess Angelica Hedlund to find out some of the secrets of the skies.

What’s the best thing about being a flight attendant?

I get to travel and meet amazing people from all around the world. I always go that extra step to discover local culture, food, and customs.

I get to discover places that I would probably never go to if it wasn’t for this job.

What's the craziest experience you’ve had while on duty?

The craziest thing was during my second month of flying. I walked into the cabin and saw an old lady vomiting in her coffee cup.

I immediately helped her and wiped away the fluids, she asked me to take away the cup and put it in the toilet, so I did. Then I gave her some hot towels to clean up.

After a while she came to the galley asking me where I put the cup that she threw up in, I told her, “I flushed it already, why?”

“Because I think I left my teeth in it,” she said and opened her mouth. Her upper teeth were gone.
All of us in the crew were so shocked, but we told her we‘d try and get the engineers to look for the missing teeth. Eventually, she said it was okay, and she’d just order a new set, but it was so crazy.

I was new in the company and felt like I’d chosen a career where anything could happen.

There’s a rumour that flight attendants have a boyfriend in every city, is that true?

Ha-ha no, it's not true.

What’s the worst question someone’s asked you during a trip?

“Am I allowed to smoke on here?”

How does your training prepare you for awkward situations?

It prepares you very well. We get eight weeks of intensive training in aircraft simulators, but at the same time, it’s very different onboard. You never know what’s going to happen.

Do you like the uniform?

Yes, I love it. Especially when we walk into airports. I sometimes feel like a celebrity because everybody is watching us. Some of them even approach us to take a selfie.

Everybody knows that cabin crew has a secret language – can you teach us some of it?

Ha-ha, maybe. “Hot guy in front of L4 alpha seat” means “There’s a hot guy in front of the fourth door on the left-hand side the window seat.” And that’s all you’re getting.

Be honest, how long does it take you to get ready before a flight?

One hour for makeup and 30 minutes for hair.

How do you stay alert on a long-haul flight?

By drinking coffee – even though I hate the stuff.

Give me one word that describes what it’s like being a flight attendant


What’s been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

When I graduated from training college. My family came over, and I went up on stage in front of 120 people with my name and the Swedish flag behind. I realised then that I’d made it in my dream role and was about to take to the skies.

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