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10 Tips From Travel Experts, Flight Attendants, and Other Frequent Fliers

Don’t forget these travel tips as your pack for your next business trip.

For those of us who travel for work, we’ve come to expect that certain things are bound to go wrong from flight delays to long airport security lines and luggage mishaps.

To prepare for this article, I spoke to several expert travelers who clock in at least 25,000 miles or more each year for tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable.

On my last flight, I asked my flight attendants who didn’t want to be named if they had any tips.

Let’s just say, they had lots of suggestions for fliers including:

1. Have all your travel items in hand.

Make sure you have all of your items like your headphone and magazines in hand so you aren’t holding up the boarding process.

2. Don’t check your luggage.

Flight attendants also recommend not paying to check a carry-on, but instead to wait until you can check it at the gate. This way, you know your luggage will make it to your final destination.

3. Something will always go wrong.

Flight attendants also said that many people need to prepare for something to go wrong because it almost always does.

4. Give yourself time.

Fliers are more in control than they think, like leaving themselves at least an hour and a half to get to the next gate if you are taking a connecting flight.

5. Goodies for the flight attendants.

“Bring something for the flight attendants–chocolate, a snack, anything small and nice, just to say thank you,” said Lowell M. Aplebaum, Executive Consultant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

6. Don’t miss your connections.

Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency in Reston, VA said, “Many of us road warriors don’t talk to seat-mates. We haul out our laptop, book, work, or noise reduction headphones. I say, “Keep your antenna up for a warm smile.”

“If your instincts tell you this is an intriguing person, ask a simple question like, “Heading home or on business?” Their response (both the content and tone) will let you know if this is a conversation worth continuing.”

“I’ve met astronauts, inventors and fascinating individuals as a result of reaching out when the vibes are right,” she added.

7. App to relax.

The Brainwave app by Banzai for noise reduction, stress relief and better sleep on planes is something Brian Carter, CEO of the Brian Carter Group in Charleston, SC, swears by.

He also recommends, “not to unpack at the hotel, until you’ve checked out everything in the room.”

8. Join the club.

One piece of advice by frequent fliers is to invest the money for the club lounge membership. The bonus is it is also a tax deduction.

“Keep the phone numbers of any “loyalty desks” programmed in your contacts,” Lawrence Leonard, Executive Director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association.

“If seriously delayed or canceled, call the desk immediately, don’t go stand in line,” he said.

Other advice that I heard was to use the same hotel chain to build up loyalty points, Marriott and Hilton and W Hotels seem to be among the favorites.The same goes for picking one airline to accumulate miles and rewards.

Luggage favorites include brands like TravelPro and Tumi and travelers recommend getting bright colored luggage that won’t get lost in the sea of black suitcases.

9. Pre-Check yourself.

Getting Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check was the number one tip to get through security the fastest.

The time to get to the airport seems to be a topic of great debate with some saying they always catch the first flight to avoid delays.

Garrison Wynn of Wynn Solutions in Houston, TX, says, “I travel many more than 30,000 miles per year and catching flights after 3:00 pm makes a huge difference. The airport literally has half the people in it then it does at 9am.

Fewer delays, airport employees in better moods and more willing to help, weather is more likely to clear up and you have a better shot at upgrades,” he said.

‎Carla Balakgie the Chief Executive Officer of the National Automatic Merchandising Association said, “If you are going on an international flight buy what you need at your destination, instead of taking everything with you.”

10. Roll with It.

“Roll everything.” And, she encourages female executives to “bring solid color clothes and pack a few scarves – they are interchangeable and can make your outfit look more polished,” she added.

For international travelers, do the research and understand how to communicate and persuade effectively across different cultures. The Hofstede Model is a tool many entrepreneurs use to keep abreast of cultural expectations.

5 Travel Hacks You Didn’t Know About, Right From The Mouth Of Flight Attendants

From getting to the airport on time, to making sure you don’t have liquids over two ounces, to the great unknown of who will be sitting next to you on the plane, flying is not always the most luxurious experience (unless, of course, you’re flying in a private jet or first class). But you may not even have to upgrade in order to get a more comfortable experience, according to theseflight attendants of Reddit who’ve revealed secret perks most passengers don’t know about. Now I almost wish I had a flight scheduled sometime in the near future, so I could try one or all of these out. Almost, but not quite.

Probably the most shocking travel hack I ever learned is that you are allowed to carry mini bottles of liquor onto a plane (as long as you’re of the legal drinking age, obviously). I may never put it to use because getting drunk on a plane sounds like you’re just asking for the worst hangover ever, but it’s still good to know. Another semi-useful liquid-related travel hack: you may be able to bring frozen liquid in your carry on, apparently, as long as it’s literally frozen solid. Not sure I would want all that ice melting all over my stuff at the gate, but if anybody can confirm this actually works, I would love to know.

Here are my 5 favorite travel hacks from the Reddit thread, which you can read in its entirety here.

1. One way to beat the competitor’s prices

Okay, so this one isn’t from a flight attendant per se, but I still find it funny even though I’m not sure I would recommend it — pissing off the crew probably isn’t the best way to start out your journey. But, I mean, do they really expect us to pretend like we never fly any other airlines?

2. Some in-flight fanciness

I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT AIRLINE THIS IS. What fancy-pants airline has the capability to steam milk, let alone carry actual milk? Whichever one you are, I will hunt you down, I will find you, and I will drink your gourmet coffee.

3. In case you need wiggle room

Okay, this is game-changing right here. It’s just a hassle to move my soda, perch it precariously on my seat, stash my book somewhere, and put up my tray table every time I have to go to the bathroom. Why did nobody tell me until now that there was an easier way?!4. Seriously, everybody should do this

Can confirm, I gate check all the time — that way I don’t have to struggle with lifting my heavy bag into the overhead bin. I also don’t have to worry I’ll forget my stuff on the plane. It’s a win-win. Seriously, I don’t understand why more people don’t volunteer to do this.

5. Not a hack but definitely something we should all do anyway

Truth be told, there probably aren’t many “magic secrets” to flying (and I assume one of the reasons this thread was rife with more Mile High Club jokes than actual tips), because the flight attendants’ job is to get you from point A to point B safely, not to give you a bunch of free stuff.

When an airplane is going down, what does the cockpit or flight attendants tell the passengers?

By Dan Pepper– US Airways Flight 1549 successfully ditched in the Hudson River in New York City on January 15, 2009 with no fatalities. US Airways crash investigation gives an account of what was said in the passenger cabin:

For Darren Beck, Flight 1549 was supposed to be yet another mundane return flight back to his home in Charlotte. Beck, 37, a senior vice president of marketing forLendingTree, had finished up a few days of meetings with advertising partners. With his frequent-flier miles, he was upgraded to first class, where he was thumbing through a copy of Fast Company magazine.
The ascent was smooth and steady, he said, until the explosion on the left side of the plane. He looked out his window and saw trouble with an engine.
“I could see the fan blades were still turning, but they were obviously damaged,” he said. “It sounded like something was off balance in a washing machine — every time they turned around something went thump, thump, thump.”
The pilot made a left turn and Beck figured they were headed back to LaGuardia. He could only see out the side of the plane — not the front — and he had no idea that the Airbus A320 would soon land in the icy Hudson River.
His only clue came a few moments before impact.
“The two stewardesses, who were strapped in the front of the plane, started chanting in unison, ‘Keep your head down, brace for impact. Keep your head down, brace for impact.’ They kept repeating it over and over. I don’t know if they ever stopped.
“That made me a little more nervous. I could see out the window the water getting closer and closer — and I soon realized we were going in.”

By Nuralia Mazlan – Not me, but am only retelling the tale of my colleague who was once involved in some sort of crash when the back landing gear failed.

The captain briefed the crews before hand and give them time and expectations what could go wrong once he try to attempt the landing.

As this is prepared crash and they had about half an hour before ATC clear them to land (ATC was informed of the technical problems on board and have cleared a runway along with providing airport/medic aids standby just in case things escalated), the crews asked the passengers to take a moment to read the safety leaflet thoroughly. They instruct the passengers on how to do brace position, and what to do once the signal to evacuate is given. Everyone on board were dead silent and you can see fear in their eyes (the back landing gear has failed and the front landing gear catches fire before that).

That was the first time my friend were really scared for her life. As soon as the captain comes on PA and alerted the crews by saying “attention attendants at station”, the crews started shouting their brace command (brace,brace, heads down, heads down). As the aircraft goes through the impact (it skidded off the runway), you can hear passengers screaming and shouting out of fear.

Finally it comes to a complete stop, and the crews open the door in armed mode and slide were deployed. They were all safe but the aircraft’s belly (fuselage) were scraped badly. You can smell the burn smell in the aircraft. As this is a boeing 737-800 where the slide deployed manually (you have to really push the door out to inflate the slide when the girt bar is hooked, unlike airbus where when the door is open in armed mode, pneumatic power will assist in door opening) passengers were pushing the crews to open the door immediately.

Suffice to say it was chaotic.


By Amar Rama –

As a flight attendant, we are trained to let passengers know if we know there will be an emergency landing.
This is how what we would do if the airplane were to “crash”:
Depending on how much time we have, we will then prepare the cabin to minimize stuff flying around and possibly injuring people or blocking potential exits and then passengers on how they can best protect themselves and on how they will be evacuating (if life vests are needed we’ll have you put them on to prepare but instruct you not to inflate it until you are out of the aircraft.) We try to then seat passengers with their children if they are separated and personally go over safety instructions with special needs passengers or children traveling alone. We also let them know what to do in the event we become incapacitated and unable to assist in the evacuation. Then we find able bodied passengers and ask for their assistance in pulling passengers off the slide once we evacuate and or assisting us. Finally as we prepare to land, as we are sitting in our jumpseat we do a mental review of all safety procedures.
Once we make contact with the ground we will start shouting commands for passengers to brace and protect their heads. This will go on until we see every head is down. Then it depends on the situation and if there is a need to evacuate.
Should we evacuate we will assess the exit to deem if it’s safe to exit from that door (we don’t want to open a door if there’s a blazing fire right outside of it). Then we will begin shouting evacuation commands. We try to keep an eye on the doors and if one exit is too congested we’ll redirect passengers to another more open exit. Also we watch for people trying to take anything off with them and we can snatch it out of their hands because at this point I don’t care if they’re carrying gold bricks in their luggage, that slide is our only way out and if it pops for any reason we are s**t out of luck.
During training we are taught that we are in charge of the evacuation and to be assertive. This is pretty crucial since sometimes people will try to do what they think is best but will end up making the situation worse for themselves or others.
For example the water landing on the Hudson River. Flight attendants know which doors can or cannot be used during what type of evacuation depending on the aircraft. A passenger panicked and went to the rear of the aircraft and opened the emergency door. This is a door that has auto assist meaning once he pulled the handle the door automatically opens in the armed mode and there’s no way of closing it back up. The flight attendants tried to stop him and close the door but it was too late. Water is now gushing into the cabin filling the aircraft even more quickly.
We know for that aircraft you never open the rear door if the aircraft lands in water (landing on land is okay, but never water because that particular aircraft lands at a slight angle in water).
After the evacuation, we scan our area to make sure no one is left behind and then we exit.
I’ve never had a “crash landing” but I have experienced an emergency landing. We were already at a very low altitude when we were made aware of an issue. There wasn’t a lot of time because we were already close to landing. Once my crew and I were notified that one of our aircraft doors was indicating that it was open. We immediately started moving and telling passengers to move away from the door, thankfully they were all very quiet and cooperative. A lot of passengers seemed confused but no one was asking “what’s going on? Or seemed in a frenzy saving us all precious minutes. They all followed instructions and we were able to safely move everyone quickly away from the door with moments to spare. Thankfully after we landed the door remained closed. Firetrucks were following our plane as we taxied to a jetbridge.
I’m not sure about every airline, but at my airline we are instructed to tell you what we know unless time constraints prevents us from doing so since there’s really no point spending time explaining exactly what’s wrong with the aircraft and why we have to do an emergency landing when that time could be spent on preparing everyone on what they can do during the emergency.

Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants? An Airline Pilot Answers

Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants An Airline Pilot AnswersBy – Paul Thompson:- My friend Mike* is a First Officer at a regional airline here in the U.S. He’s graciously agreed to answer some questions exclusively for Flight Club about being a pilot, as well as addressing some of the rumors that we hear as travelers about everything from sex to slowing your plane down on purpose.

Is it true that regional pilots intentionally fly slower to make more money, since you’re paid hourly?

Yes and no. We fly slower than we could be, but the little bit of extra money it makes us is an unintended consequence.

Over the last few years the speed at which we fly in cruise has been dialed way back in the interest of saving fuel. When fuel was cheap, nobody thought much of getting into cruise, setting the thrust levers at max, and getting where you’re going as quick as possible. As fuel costs started to increase, airlines started turning over every rock in search of fuel savings. Basic aerodynamics teaches us that the faster you go, the higher the amount of drag exists on the airframe. In fact, doubling the speed at which you’re flying actually will quadruple the amount of drag felt by the airplane. Long story short, flight planners realized that by going fast everywhere everyone was burning a ton more fuel only to arrive there a couple of minutes early. Especially on the shorter stage lengths that regional airlines tend to fly, you’re really not increasing your flight time by more than a couple minutes, yet you can save hundreds of pounds of fuel. If we’re on time or early, I like to fly at the speed that saves us the most amount of fuel. It is also a lot more advantageous to fly your planned speed so that the fuel burn that was calculated for our flight plan is accurate.

On top of cost savings, arriving to your destination with more fuel gives you more options if you can’t get straight into the airport. The fuel saved by flying more economically can mean the difference of one more turn in a hold vs. having to head to an alternate airport.

There are times when it makes sense to go fast though. Most of us fly frequently as passengers, we understand the need to arrive to your destination on time. On top of that, regional airlines are compensated for each flight they operate for their mainline partner, plus bonuses for completion factor and on time performance. If we are running a few minutes behind schedule, it makes sense to go fast to try to get back on time. Even just a few minutes can make the difference between someone making their connection vs having to spend the night in the airport.

I have flown with a few people who do fly slow everywhere they go because they think they’re padding their paychecks. But they tend to be the extreme minority…and to be honest, you can add more to the flight time by taxiing slow or taking the second turnoff on the runway instead of the first.

Do main-line pilots treat you with equal respect as peers (since they likely started as a regional pilot too) or do they look down on you?

One of the best thing about this industry is the camaraderie. One of the absolute best perks of the job is that almost any airline pilot in the country can go to the airport and ride for free/cheap on the jumpseat of almost any other US airline. This certainly increases your exposure to pilots who work at other airlines. This is a very unique industry that nobody will understand unless they’ve been there. One of my coworkers likened it to the life of a carnie. We’re in a different city every night and we give people rides.

As a result, most of us look out for each other, even if they work for a competing company. Unfortunately aviation is not immune from the general guideline that 10% of the people on this planet are idiots. One day after giving a 737 pilot a ride home to HSV [Huntsville, Alabama], he stopped me on the jetway and told me that he hoped I would become unemployed by next year. Some people are just unhappy in life and feel the need to take it out on others. But all in all, we get along. Look at two pilots as they pass one another in the terminal. Usually we’ll exchange a nod. Its not a greeting, so much as it is a shared understanding of how crazy this job can be sometimes…basically a “yeah….me too.”

Do pilots hook up with flight attendants as often as people think?

I can honestly say that if this has happened on any crew I have been a part of, it has been very well disguised. I can’t think of a single time in which I’ve noticed anyone in my crew head back to a hotel room together. There are some couples that are dating and bid to fly together, but I’ve never seen a random hookup.

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen a passenger do on one of your flights?

People are usually pretty behaved on flights, its in the terminal where you see the real crazy stuff. But as for stuff that happens on a regular basis, I’d have to say passengers conduct relating to their carry on bags that is the most facepalm worthy. I understand that everyone loves their things, but in most cases it physically will not fit in our overhead bin. Even if it does, when the flight attendant says you need to leave it on the jetway, she isn’t just being mean. For weight and balance reasons the FAA is the one that dictates what can and cannot be brought into the cabin. She’s just doing her job. Of all the flights I’ve ridden on where I have gate checked my bag, I have run into exactly two problems, both caused by a crew tag with confusing instructions. Take your valuables out, put a tag on it, and I promise it will be waiting for you when you get to your destination. Now go sit down, there are 40 people behind you waiting to board.

Do you have a favorite plane to fly as a pilot? What makes it your favorite?

Every pilot has a favorite airplane. For some its the airplane that has the best takeoff and climb performance, for some its just air conditioning that works and left over first class meals. In their simplest form, airplanes are tools. What I’m looking to accomplish will decide which plane I would consider a favorite.

DA20 Katana pic by Alec Wilson on Flickr.
DA20 Katana pic by Alec Wilson on Flickr.

If I was going up in a general aviation airplane just to fly for pleasure, I’d probably pick the Diamond DA20 Katana. It’s light, it’s maneuverable, and it has a very large windshield through which I can admire the view.

Cirrus SR-20 pic by Alec Wilson on Flickr
Cirrus SR-20 pic by Alec Wilson on Flickr

If I’m flying GA but actually looking to get somewhere, I’d say my favorite is the Cirrus SR-20. That airplane is the only GA aircraft I’ve ever sat in that I’ve actually found comfortable. Combine that comfort with lots of workload reducing tools and a significant amount of speed, you have the perfect cross country machine.

But for most pilots, their all time favorite airplane to fly will be a jet. So far in my career I’ve only flown one, the Canadair Regional Jet. Performance wise the CRJ is actually a rather anemic jet, yet it still stands head and shoulders above any other plane I’ve flown. I think what I love about it the most is that the things you can do in a jet are really impressive. The increased technology and training we get to see at an airline allows you to fly in some pretty challenging conditions. Doing laps around the pattern in a Katana is fun, but breaking out at 100ft above the ground on a Cat 2 ILS is a pretty awesome experience.

How about as a passenger, what’s your favorite plane & why?

You can’t beat the 747. The A380 may be bigger and a more comfortable ride, but the 747 was the first big passenger aircraft… and is much better looking. One of my favorite aviation memories is being able to ride in the upper deck of a Northwest Airlines 747-200. Between the business class service I was fortunate enough to enjoy and the fact that there were only twelve seats up there, you felt like you were on your very own private jet. It was easy to forget that there were 300+ poor bastards crammed in like sardines down below. Combine comfort with the sheer beauty and size of it, the 747 has to be my favorite airplane to fly on as a passenger. I hope that someday I’ll be able to make it my favorite to fly as a pilot as well.

Top photo: Virgin America flight attendants. [Getty Images]

Via –jalopnik

Flight attendants reveal 9 ‘behind the scenes’ secrets – which most passengers don’t know about

Flying has never been easier – but make sure you pay attention to these lot before you take your next flight

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Once upon a time, jetting off on an airplane used to be the preserve of the super-wealthy.

Nowadays, thanks to relatively recent rise of budget airlines, increasingly competitive airfares and more flight paths, experiencing an overseas holiday has never been easier.

As a result, many of us probably think we know exactly what to do at check-in , as well as what to expect at 35,000 feet.

But as with any work environment, there’s a lot more going on behind the sceneswhich we don’t know about.

Flight attendants and airline employees shared some fascinating insights on Quora , revealing plenty of things most airline passengers are unaware of.

A mixture of the gross and the enlightening, they’ll (hopefully) change the way you fly. At the very least, you’ll certainly think twice before putting on a pair of headphones.

1. Music to the ear

Watching a film, listening to some music or simply drowning out the noise around you may seem like a great way of passing the time, but maybe ask for some new headphones before you tune out.

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Those headphones may not be that ‘boxfresh’

Apparently, many “airlines who provide headphones hardly or even NEVER bother to replace the foamy-like ear parts.

“So please ALWAYS tear them once you use them just to make sure that they will replace them.”

And the same applies to any pillows or blankets you’ve been handed for the flight. Ask for a new set if you can.

2. Working hours

“We are not paid during boarding or until the door to the aircraft is shut. This means it’s mandatory to show up to work about two hours early but not be paid for it.”

3. Thirsty?

Another flight attendant pitied anyone having a water-based drink.

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Two words: ‘Galley Springs’

“The water from the plane is disgusting. I feel truly sorry for our coffee and hot water drinkers. That water is in a tank under the plane and I’ve never seen that tank be cleaned out.”

Another one even revealed the plane water was referred to as “Galley Springs”.

Delightful.

4. Toilet break

No one likes the toilets on planes. The constricted space, the unflattering lighting. But even flight attendants avoid them if possible.

One fight attendant admitted, “To be honest I only use the lavatories on the airplane if I need to wash my hands or if I absolutely have to go to the bathroom.

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Cabin toilet in modern airplane

“If it’s a short flight and I can leave the plane, I’m definitely waiting until I can use the bathroom in the airport.”

And Kelly Goodnuff added, “[…] Just how dirty the floor is. We think it’s disgusting when you do not wear shoes in to the toilet.”

5. Kindness pays

Being a good Samaritan and swapping seats can result in some VIP treatment according to Fatihah Sudewo.

“If you’re one of those who have a big heart in giving up your seat for whatever reason without making a scene, we treat you ‘special’.

“We would give you two bread rolls instead of one, a whole can of soda instead of rationing it, basically we would compensate you for your kindness.”

No mention of an upgrade to first class though.

6. DON’T ask us to help in the following scenarios

An anonymous user revealed the following: “We have to be diplomatic in situations to avoid discrimination lawsuits.

“For example, that man that’s overweight and spilling into your seat on a full flight? I can’t tell him to suck in his gut or ask a thin person to switch with you.

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A flight attendant needs to be careful with what they say

“However, you can, because the worst that can happen is you’ll get a no and maybe a glare.

“If I do, I am risking a possible lawsuit against my airline or at worst, my job.

“With the age of social media, a lot of things get twisted. I never want to be the flight attendant that ‘harassed a mother and her crying baby’ or ‘not let allow a man with a medical condition sleep’ because he snores.

7. Perk of the job

Fatehah also admitted, “Our meals are slightly better than the passenger meals, and even though it depends on the airlines, we also get fresh fruits – like whole fruits and not the cut ones, pickles, bread rolls, desserts, beverages.

“Basically we have at least a trolley dedicated for the crews.”

Can we have some?

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A flight attendant’s meal may be a lot better than yours

8. Getting tipsy

That free booze on the trolley? Go easy on it. According to more than one flight attendant, many passengers don’t realize how much more drunk they get at 35,000 feet, owing to the altitude.

And if you’re getting noticeably drunk or out-of-hand, the flight attendant is responsible for managing the situation.

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It could be down to the altitude

“Sometimes if we think you’ve had too much to drink, we’ll serve you, but not serve the whole mini-bottle of booze,” confesses one user named Ellen. ”

“We may just dip the rim of the glass in enough vodka or gin and fill the rest with mixer.”

9. Missing a flight attendant?

Another anonymous user also explained an important point as follows.

“If your boarding is delayed because they are missing a flight attendant and you see a flight attendant rushing on to the plane, that flight attendant is most likely not the flight attendant that caused the delay.

“At airports we have standby flight attendants (one or two at a time) who are dressed in uniform, bags packed and ready to go if a flight needs them or reserve flight attendants who get short notice to cover a trip when another co-worker cannot make it.”

7 Famous Women You Never Knew Were Flight Attendants

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1. Carole Elizabeth Middleton (née Goldsmith; born 31 January 1955) is a former flight attendant turned businesswoman, and mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her siblings, Philippa “Pippa” Middleton, Charlotte Middleton and James William Middleton.

Middleton`s first grandchild, Prince George of Cambridge is third in the line of succession to the British throne, while Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, her second grandchild is now forth in line to succeed to the British throne.
During her flight attendant career she worked for British Airways, where she met her husband, Michael Francis Middleton.

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2. Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Putina (née Shkrebneva; born 6 January 1958) is a former flight attendant and the ex-wife of the Russian President and former Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. She was educated as a linguist. She graduated from the branch of Spanish language and philology at the Department of Philology of Leningrad State University, but in her early years she worked as a flight attendant for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot.

 

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3. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (born 4 October 1942) is a former Member of the Icelandic Parliament (1978-2013), as well as the longest serving MP in the countries parliament history. She served as Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security for two terms. On 1st of February 2009 she became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government.In her early years, after graduating from the Commercial College of Iceland she worked as a flight attendant with Loftleiðir (a predecessor of Icelandair).

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4. Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath on 23 December 1943) is the spouse of King Carl XVI Gustaf, mother of the heir apparent to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria. In 2011, Silvia became the longest serving queen of Sweden. She is a trained interpreter, speaking 6 languages, and although born in a wealthy family, she used to work as a flight attendant and an interpreter. It was during the 1972 while working as an educational host during the Summer Olympics in Munich that she met her husband, then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf.

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5. Kristen Mary “Kris” Jenner (née Houghton, formerly Kardashian; born November 5, 1955) is an American television personality who rose to fame for starring in the reality television series Keeping up with the Kardashians (2007–present).

Jenner has been married twice, first to lawyer Robert Kardashian and later to television personality and retired Olympic champion Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn). She has four children with Kardashian (Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert) and two with Jenner (Kendall, and Kylie Jenner). She worked as a flight attendant for a year in 1976.

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6. Kate Linder (born November 2, 1947) is an American actress, best known for her role as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, which she has played since 1982. She was born in Pasadena, California. After graduating with a BA in theater arts from San Francisco State University she began working as a flight attendant for Transamerica Airlines. In addition to her work in The Young and Restless, she is also a flight attendant for United Airlines.

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7. Hajah Mariam, the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei. Born Mariam Bell, she was working as a flight attendant with Royal Brunei Airlines when the richest man in the world fell in love with her. Half Bruneian, a quarter Japanese and a quarter English, she captivated him with her exotic looks and slender figure. In 1982 she became the second wife of the Sultan. They had 4 children together, and after 21 years of marriage, they divorced in 2003. Their divorce was one of the most expensive divorces in history.