Column Linda Luftikuss - Flight attendant

Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

Linda Luftikuss
19.07.2019
4 minutes

When I tell a new group of people that I work as a flight attendant, I often hear the same reaction: “Oh, how great! That was always my dream job!” It amazes me again and again how you can attract all the attention in one sentence and fill the evening program for the next 45 minutes as a solo entertainer. Of course, many questions about the job are often asked, so I thought I’d answer the most frequently asked questions in two parts. It’s a mixture of personal and practical questions and I hope you enjoy the answers. Click here for part 1.

6. What can I do about my fear of flying?

Dizziness, damp hands, palpitations or nausea: About 15 percent of all people suffer from fear of flying, the so-called aviophobia. At least another 20 percent feel very unwell on board. Nobody is alone with fear of flying. There are a few tricks that can be used directly to help you quickly:

  1. Wear clothes that don’t constrict. Because it’s more difficult to relax in tight clothing (even if relaxing is already a struggle or not possible anyway).
  2. Ask questions and talk to us or our colleagues in the cockpit. Most people don’t know how flying works. We can answer many questions, for example about sounds. Those who understand flying better have more trust in the technology and crews. And don’t worry, fear of flying doesn’t have to be embarrassing.
  3. Choosing the right seat. Those who are afraid of flying often suffer from claustrophobia as well. A seat in the aisle creates at least a little more far-sightedness and air forwards. It is also advisable to choose a place that is in the front part of the cabin. In turbulence there is much less shaking than in the rear part of the cabin.

More tips and tricks to overcome fear of flying in our article.

7. Why do the sun visors have to be open?

The sun visors must be open during take-off and landing because we as flight attendants are dependent on your help in a potential emergency. After checking and tidying up the cabin, we also sit down. Then we don’t see everything that happens outside. If the engines catch fire, the passengers may see this beforehand and sound the alarm. 

8. Where are we right now?

This question is often asked when we fly over a landscape somewhere in Europe. The fields are golden yellow, the trees green, a river flows through the landscape. It looks like everywhere. So here is my favourite answer: we fly above the earth. 

9. Why are there ashtrays in airplanes?

Smoking during a flight has been prohibited for more than twenty years. Nevertheless, there are still visual and acoustic hints. And ashtrays are still installed. This is because it is prescribed by the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA. The fact that there are still ashtrays in non-visible parts of the cabin, for example in the toilet, is a safety aspect. Despite the existing ban on smoking and various instructions on how to do this, it cannot, unfortunately, be completely ruled out that there may be passengers who do not understand why they cannot smoke. With the existing ashtray, the worst of the worst can at least be disposed of properly. Nevertheless, you should not smoke in the plane and get caught. This leads to a report.

10. How do you manage to get up at four in the morning and go to work?

Sometimes I ask myself the same question. Meanwhile, I have become accustomed to rituals that make going to bed and getting up early easier. I try to be home early the day before and lie down around 7 pm. It helps me to imagine that I am just taking an extended nap. Fortunately, I have shutters in my apartment, they make everything dark. And I don’t make appointments anymore, don’t answer my phone or do sports. Anything that helps me get down is welcome. So I read or watch a series. The main thing is to lie down and rest your body a little. 

There are two more questions that are often asked, but I would like to devote more time to them in the next episodes: What causes delays and what happens during turbulences? 

So let’s go to the next flight!

Always happy landings,

Yours, Linda Luftikuss

by Linda Luftikuss

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