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Uniformity [May. 4th, 2004|05:57 pm]
susan smitten

I've decided that I <3 flying. My sixth flight was Manila, Philippines, with a 26 hour layover. Naturally, the layover was great. Good shopping, good food and drink, and great people. (Yeah! Filipinos kick a**!) As for the flights... 8 hours per sector. We had two smokers in the lavs, at least five pukers, severe unanticipated turbulence, meal shortages, and a medical case. Yet I enjoyed it immensely. I realized what a fantastic job, and an easy one, this is turning out to be.

I have 14 days off in May. That's half the month, isn't it? My layovers will be Birmingham/Stratford, Munich, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, London, and New York City. Each between 24 and 30 hours, except for Hong Kong, where I'll stay for over 50 hours. Can you believe it? Are you looking for Emirates' online application form yet?

Walking through the airport in Manila, a group of about 10 older women hollered at us, "What airline? What airline?!" They were probably interested in our uniform, which the crew hates, but the rest of the world seems to really admire.

With Nissrine and mist of the morning

Maricel, Mai, Chu_hi, Nadia, Megan, Shauna, Janice, Sunthari, and Zerlina

Rohit, Essan, Samuele, and Shady

These people are my Ab Initio, not my Manila crew. But speaking of Manila, last night we had a sort of Manila reunion; five of us met in Eliza's apartment for drinks. Eliza's Filipino, and so are Maricel and Mai in the second photo. When out on the town in the evening, and while shopping the following day, it occured to me that the selection process at a Manila hiring seminar must be really tough.

My first layover was in Glasgow (photos coming soon) and it was great. Had a nice meal with both pilots and a few senior cabin crew members, and watched 50 First Dates with Rashid, the America-loving Emirati pilot, and we threw a small mutual-admiration party for each other's homelands.

Speaking of homelands... JUNE 1, 2004, IS THE DATE OF EMIRATES' INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK TO DUBAI. Non-stop, baby. And guess who will be operating it!!!!

Friends in the USA, have you been hearing anything about Emirates or Dubai, building up to the dawn of Emirates flying to the States? What kind of publicity have you seen?

[User Picture]From: indybuda
2004-05-04 08:30 am (UTC)
I have seen zero publicity. And I've been shopping airfares of late as well.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, where are you going?
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[User Picture]From: indybuda
2004-05-07 02:46 pm (UTC)
Nowhere exciting. I'm moving back to Texas this Summer, so I've been investigating lots of fairs for when I fly down to line up work and a place to live. I'd have expected to run across something though.
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[User Picture]From: indybuda
2004-05-07 02:46 pm (UTC)
fares dammit.
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From: a_o_i
2004-05-04 08:35 am (UTC)
The uniforms look so classy! I am envious of you and your jet setting life.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm not trying to make anyone envious.. but thanks!
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From: istara
2004-05-04 09:48 am (UTC)
You look great in your uniform. The trousers are SO much better than the skirts. There's something really old fashioned about the skirts - I'm reminded of the Queen in her ghastly clothes receiving a bunch of flowers or something. Plus presumably you don't have the hassle of tights to worry about? (Or wandering-hands Saudi pervs...?!)

By the way: what is standard procedure when someone is caught smoking in-flight? How do you know/how can you tell - and do you confront them? I am sure some guy was smoking in the last flight I was on - he was in the bathroom for AAAAAAAAAAGES.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:38 am (UTC)
I like the trousers better, too. No tights hassles, no wondering if anyone is looking up my skirt...

If someone is smoking in flight, we just remind them that it's dangerous. We don't get to yell at them or tie them up or anything. But it's really hard to tell who's doing it. Sometimes the smoke detector doesn't go off, we just notice the smell after the fact.
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[User Picture]From: po0rnima
2004-05-04 10:00 am (UTC)
woo glasgow.

did you manage to catch any of the music? triptych's on full swing, and this is my favorite time of year in scotland!

anyways, can't wait for the pictures.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:40 am (UTC)
I didn't catch any music! But you're right about it being a great time of year. You're in Scotland, aren't you? Maybe we can get together sometime, there or in Dubai.
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[User Picture]From: indianasweetie
2004-05-04 08:33 pm (UTC)
personally, i'd hate the uniroms... light colors and lots of stains. Eek! But, they look nice enough.

I'm in the industry and haven't noticed anything about new service. Doesn't mean there isn't, I just haven't heard anything.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:42 am (UTC)
The girls who've flown for other airlines hate the uniforms the most. The skirts are baggy, the trousers are pleated, and the jackets are huuuge. Nothing fits right....

Got any pictures of you in yours? =D
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2004-05-06 08:24 pm (UTC)
Of course, delicate and beautiful as ever, and travelling the world!

After you've travelled a bit more, maybe you should see if you can sell your photo journal to National Geographic?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-05-07 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the compliments, dear. =) Actually, between the two of us, Don is the better photographer. He has so many photos I keep urging him to post...
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2004-05-07 02:50 pm (UTC)
Gallery is a very useful program. You point it to a folder full of photos and it does all the work for you.

I'd offer up space on my server if you want it. I make no guarantees of service levels, but I'm doing OK so far. :)
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[User Picture]From: violetveil
2004-05-08 05:29 am (UTC)
Those uniforms looks great.

How can you have meal shortages???

How many countries have you visit already?? Or which countries didn't you visit?
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[User Picture]From: toshimitsu0812
2004-05-22 06:54 am (UTC)
Hi, Susan. This is Toshimitsu. How's everything? How do you like working as a flight attendant? I started a blog a month ago, and I hope if you don't mind putting your blog on one of my friends' lists. By the way, I heard that Jason and Simon e-mailed Don a few times but they hadn't heard anything from him. So, will you let Don know that they want to hear from him?
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-06-11 02:02 am (UTC)

where is Don?

What a beautiful pictures are they!
If you happen to fly to Osaka,let me know susan.
I am still working hard at Wheelers

katsu yamamoto
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From: yukosugareh
2004-06-12 09:13 pm (UTC)
Susan! I'm waiting for the result of 2nd interview of JAL now! I hope I can pass and I can see your somewhere in the some airport!
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