Archive for October, 2012

Flight Attendant Recipes – Kale & Pepper Stir-Fry

I always try to cook up a few meals to bring with me on the road.  It makes eating a less stressful experience, and it saves a lot of money too!  I’m not one for fast food, so it really helps me control the quality of food that I put into myself.  If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years as a flight attendant — the better you eat, the better you’ll feel.

One of my favorite recipes is this simple kale and bell pepper stir fry.  It’s quick and inexpensive to make, and it keeps well in my cooler bag for a day or two.  I find its the perfect little meal for those long 5-leg days when you don’t even have time to step off the plane!

 

Kale & Pepper Stir Fry

1 bell pepper, sliced
2 tsp. ginger, grated
½ tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp. canola il
1 bunch torn kale
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Cook pepper, ginger, and salt in canola il until tender.  Add kale and soy sauce, tossing occasionally until tender.  Mix in sesame oil and sesame seeds.

 

Do you have any favorite quick recipes for taking food on the road? I’d love for you to share them!

 

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Favorite Apps For Traveling – Gate Guru

 


As evident with my earlier post about Postagram, I LOVE apps meant for traveling and sharing travels! One of my favorite apps is an app called Gate Guru, which really comes in handy as a crew member.

 

 

Gate Guru can automatically detect which airport you are in (or you can choose off the list), and can tell you the names and locations of every restaurant, shop, and other service available in an airport. It is perfect for long delays or long sits in unfamiliar airports. Rather than settle into the nearest Chilis, you can check the list to find out if your favorite airport restaurant has a location where you are, and it will tell you exactly where to go. This has come in handy dozens upon dozens of times with me and my crews — the pilots always ask me what app I’m using when I tell them about the better food court in the other terminal.

Gate Guru is available for both Android and iPhone

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Flight Attendant Seniority

Once you become a flight attendant, everything will be based on seniority. The line you hold, the base you hold, the vacation week you hold.. Seniority is everything!

Seniority is first determined when you start training. Every airline seems to have it’s own method — at mine, seniority in my class was done by age so the oldest person in the class was the most senior, with the youngest being the most junior. Once you finish training and are officially hired, the entire class seniority list is added to the company seniority list, at the bottom as you are the newest employees. But seniority doesn’t stop there!

When you are a new-hire, unless they are assigning the entire class to one particular base, your seniority will determine where you will be based. Everything is granted in seniority order, so you may not hold the base you want right out of training. You can apply for a transfer though, and once your seniority is good enough to hold the base you want, then you can transfer. Seniority and whether or not you can hold at a line can drastically differ from base to base. At my airline, I’m almost a senior mama in my base, but if I were to transfer to one of our other bases I would be on reserve for years!

Seniority is also important when it comes to things like line bidding and vacation bidding. The more senior you are, the better your line will be. When it comes to vacation, if you’re the most junior person in your base you will wind up with the worst weeks off. But the good news is that due to things like attrition and hiring, your seniority can do nothing but improve! When I started with my company I was not far from the very bottom, and my company seniority was around 1200 out of about 1220 flight attendants. After just two and a half years, I’m around 800 out of about 1300 flight attendants.

How much your seniority can change in a few shorts years is very dependent on the airline. Working for a major, there will not be much movement. I have friends at a major that said over the past two years, they’ve only changed by about 50 numbers (out of over 8,000 flight attendants), but working for a regional it can change very quickly!

Have any questions about seniority? Be sure to ask!

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Eating on the Road – Breakfast


As I mentioned in a previous post, one thing I always make sure to do when I’m leaving on a trip is fill up my cooler bag.  Bringing my own snacks and meals along on trips helps me maintain a healthier diet, and if you do it right you’ll save a considerable amount of money as well.  If you don’t watch yourself, you can easily spend $60 or more on a single four-day trip.  Eating out for four days really adds up!

I make sure to bring a good balance of breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks so that I can avoid eating out as much as possible.  I tend to bring a lot of breakfast foods though, as breakfast foods are tasty just about any time of day!

 

My shopping list for breakfast foods include:

  • instant oatmeal
  • applesauce or fruit cups
  • granola bars
  • dried fruit and nuts
  • bread, peanut butter and/or Nutella,  jelly
  • instant coffee, green tea, hot chocolate mix

My number one breakfast meal is to make up a packet of instant oatmeal in one of the coffee cups on the plane, add some dried fruit and nuts, and let that all sit together for a few minutes.  It makes a great little breakfast that is easy to eat during the flight, and as long as you don’t get the super sugary oatmeal, it’s relatively good for you as well.  I also eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — these are great when you have the morning off at the hotel but there is no free breakfast.  Sometimes I will stop and buy a banana from one of the airport shops and turn that into a peanut butter and banana sandwich as well.

I find these are all great options as oatmeal or peanut butter and jelly is great any time of day!

What are some of your favorite easy breakfast foods to eat on the road?

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Postcards from the Road


One thing that I started doing soon after I landed my job as a flight attendant was that I started sending postcards to family members and friends.  Most of my family and friends don’t travel much, so it has been fun over the years to send little notes from the road.

Once I became a lineholder I sort of fell out of doing it, as I was working a lot more and having much shorter overnights.  I know my grandma especially missed the post cards, so a few months ago I set out to try to find myself a solution.  And I found a great one!

Postagram, an app available for iOS and Android is a neat little app where you can take any picture that you have stored on your phone and turn it into a post card.  Each card costs $.99, and they tend to ship same day or next day when you create them.  The app is very easy to use, simply select the picture you want to use, type up a little note in the textbox, input the address and away it goes.  It stores your credit card information so you don’t have to keep putting it in, which is great for sending postcards while you’re walking through the terminal or getting ready for bed.  It seems like they arrive quickly, as my grandparents have received the ones I’ve sent within just a few days.

I really like this app because it’s so simple to use and the card quality is great!  It sends a post-card sized glossy card of what you created, and the picture itself can be punched out with the message on the back of the punched out picture.  The app will work over wifi, so you can send postcards from anywhere in the world, with any picture you can take, for just $.99!  I definitely recommend this as a must-have app if you want to share your travels with your family and friends.

Postagram is free for download on both iOS and Android.

  **I’m not affiliated with Postagram in any way, I just really love the app**

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