17
Aug
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High and mighty

There’s a danger in using too much airline slang when among people who don’t work in the business. I remember occasions, mostly at parties, when I enthusiastically rattled on about my work not noticing that the expressions on the faces of my audience were getting more and more hazy. Next thing people would begin looking… read more »

10
Aug
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First Aid Kit

I finally picked up that Big Red Book to refresh my knowledge of flight safety and security last week. And I passed the exams, as everyone did in my class. These flight safety recurrents, as they are called, take place twice a year and cover many subjects. For example, there is first aid. We’re not… read more »

03
Aug
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The Red Book 2

Whenever you hear KLM cabin crew members refer to the Big Red Book, don’t confuse this with the writings of Chairman Mao. Our Big Red Book is the Flight Safety and Security Manual, which is big and bright red. For two days every year, our knowledge of airline safety and security is tested. The first… read more »

27
Jul
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verhuisdozen

For the time being, I am the proud owner of three ‘homes’. My old house, my new house and my suitcase. I know, I can’t actually live in a suitcase, but it is indeed my miniature home during my days abroad. Looking at it that way, you could say that all airline crew have two… read more »

20
Jul
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Not right now 2

At times I feel truly sorry for the partners of airline crew. I presume I’m not the only one – even though I’ve lived with my partner for years, he must still be surprised by my occasional “Not right now!” on the day of my return. And it could be anything that isn’t possible “right… read more »

13
Jul
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Blueblog.Truant

On cold, windy, rainy days I usually don’t mind leaving Holland. Especially when the flight is to an exotic place. While people struggle to work on their bikes or try not to get wet by huddling together at the bus stop, I am not at all sorry to be leaving. In summer though, at times… read more »

06
Jul
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blog 22 Generalizing 2

To explore the world and to give in to one’s curiosity about other cultures. I assume those are the main reasons why most people travel to foreign countries. I’m pretty sure these are also the main motives behind most of my colleagues applying for the job of cabin attendant. They certainly were for me. Having… read more »