23
May
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KLM

For as long as there have been airlines, there have been flight attendants. And for as long as there have been flight attendants, there have been uniforms. We see them in all colours and all shapes, long, short, black and blue. Some sober, others very colourful. The KLM uniform is known all over the world… read more »

18
May
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Running late

Waking up this morning, my heart is in my throat. I hear a phone ring and, panic-stricken, try to remember what day it is. By the time I find my phone, it has stopped ringing: a missed private call. In the meantime I discover that it’s Wednesday. But what does Wednesday mean if you’re a… read more »

11
May
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I was beginning to feel distinctly queasy towards the end of the journey

Our stopover in Mexico City had been excellent. The less excellent part of it started in the crew-bus from the hotel to the airport. We wondered where (and whether!) the driver had ever got his licence. I’ve never experienced such bad driving in my life. For the entire trip he would pull up, slow down… read more »

04
May
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Home-away-from-home

Being a rather homey kind of person, a lot of my friends have never understood my choice of career. They know I love to be on familiar territory, so that everything that represents ‘me’ is near. They wonder how I survive travelling from one end of the world to the other and staying in foreign… read more »

27
Apr
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Would you like the vegetarian chicken?

Waking up in the morning, there’s always something wandering about in my head. Usually it’s a line from a song. But frequently it’s a line from the flight safety video on board. While I gently return to the bright new world, a voice in my head might tell me: “Put the back of your seat… read more »

20
Apr
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First introduction

If there’s one thing that still amazes me after working as a flight attendant for so many years, it’s how we manage to build a team during each and every flight. Mind you, most of us have never met before. We usually meet for the first time around an hour before departure. While introducing ourselves,… read more »

13
Apr
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Airport hustle and bustle

The atmosphere at airports has always thrilled me – all those people coming and going, for all sorts of reasons. I try to imagine what it was like in ancient times: the same hustle and bustle must have been noticeable then at places where horses and carts came and went, and at the harbours where… read more »