The one thing every flight attendant dreads

2014-03-03 11:13
Cape Town - Annoying passengers, flight delays and the possibility of dealing with an air disaster on a daily basis - yes - these are just some of the issues all flight attendants have to deal with. 

Sarah Steegar, a flight attendant with a major US carrier for the past 15 years, admits that while she doesn't like to make any blanket statements for her profession, she can attest with a degree of certainty that one word strikes fear into the heart of veteran and newbie flight attendants alike.

Requalification! reports it is a time of year that all flight attendants have to face - two to three days of training based on changes to airline’s safety, medical and security procedures. Then they're tested on it.

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Requal as its often referred to, usually takes place where the flight attendant underwent their training and initiation into the industry.

Known also as a “Barbie Boot Camp”, these training centres are no joke. This is where prospective flight attendants spent about two months of their lives, waking up at 04:00 only to retire closer to 20:00 that evening, undergoing rigorous training and disaster assimilation.

Steegar says for a flight attendant, your original training centre always smells like surveillance and instantly triggers a gag reflex associate with Post Traumatic Stress disorder, only in this instance the T stands for training.

And while the retraining is governed by strict attendance time-frames, flight attendants have no choice but to go as their qualifications will expire, rendering them incapable of working, if they don't.

While it's harrowing for the flight attendants, as passengers it's good to know that these skills are updated on an annual basis.

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