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Flight Attendant Memories

Peggy worked for Braniff International as a flight attendant during the airline's exponential growth in the 1970s.

Rookie flight attendants in Hawaii

Rookie flight attendants in Hawaii

Working as a Flight Attendant: Braniff International Airlines

In the seventies, Braniff International Airlines was hiring extensively while they awaited approval for expanded travel routes and new destinations. With that many new hires coming out of flight attendant training school, graduates were usually assigned a stand-by reserve schedule meaning they could be called to work for a flight with as little as one hour's notice.

There was little chance for rookies to win a flight schedule with scheduled routine destinations. As reserves, trips were assigned to cover for flight attendants that called in sick or missed a connection due to mechanical delays. When Scheduling called, it could mean a flight to Omaha, Detroit, Kansas City, or a series of cities. For the lucky ones, it could be a work assignment for an eight-hour flight to Hawaii with a cozy layover on the tropical beach.

My diploma and the graduation photo of our class

My diploma and the graduation photo of our class

Like expectant mothers, we lived with a packed suitcase by the door in order to head out on short notice.

My First Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required international flight announcements to be made in two languages which meant international flights were mostly assigned to bi-lingual Flight Attendants. I was surprised early one morning when the phone rang, and a too-cheerful voice said, “Get your suntan lotion and swimsuit packed; you’re heading to Acapulco.” That flight was my first flight to Mexico.

Boeing 727-027,  c/n 19501/453

Boeing 727-027, c/n 19501/453

Travel Assignments

As flight attendants, our travel assignments were based directly on our seniority with the company. Sometimes, seniority on flights was determined by a person's birth date, which could put that crew member in charge. On one flight to Detroit, all of us were rookies with less than six weeks on the job.

With a crew of five on board a 727 series jet, two crew members worked first-class while the other three worked coach. One would work the galley, one would run meal trays, and the third would serve beverages. Although we covered each other in these jobs, the senior crew member assigned the duties for the flight.

Flight Attendants with seniority might win an ideal schedule like the Dallas-to-Hawaii trip, an eight hours flight there and back. That meant four trips a month would meet their minimum base hours to work each month.

Postcard from the 70s

Postcard from the 70s

Living With a Packed Suitcase

Rookies like me would end up with a monthly schedule of nine specific days off scattered throughout the month. On the other days of the month, we were on twenty-four-hour calls and had to be ready to take off at any time, although we might not be called out at all. Most of the time, we'd get at least a few hours' notice of an upcoming trip or sometimes even an assignment for the next day. It was nice to get away from the landline phone (there were no cell phones) for a few hours without worrying. Like expectant mothers, we lived with a packed suitcase by the door in order to head out on short notice.

The Probation Period

Flight attendants were allowed to lease pagers at our own expense; however, we were cautioned that if we missed a scheduling call, it could mean suspension. During the first ninety days of probation, this was a huge risk if we ventured out of the pager's coverage area. Most flight attendants couldn't afford a pager on the base salary we earned.

At the aft hatch on board a charter flight from Hawaii to Chicago

At the aft hatch on board a charter flight from Hawaii to Chicago

Kansas City Meal Runs

One of my first assignments after training was to work a Kansas City Meal Run. This was a grueling series of commuter flights where hot meals were served during the one-hour and ten minutes flight duration. Usually, the planes were completely full of commuters and business travelers.

Working Hard Behind the Scenes

We didn't use the rolling service carts seen on planes today. Our PSK (passenger service kits) remained locked in the storage section of the galley. We literally ran the meal trays up the aisles, stacking them several deep in our arms to make fewer trips. We would collect the trays while serving second coffees.

Three flight attendants worked the coach section: one worked in the galley, pulling entrees out of the ovens and setting up meal trays; another would run meal trays to passengers while the third served cold and hot beverages. The other two flight attendants on board worked First Class.

After serving a series of two or three-meal flights, the crew was literally out of breath, awaiting the onslaught of passengers for the next flight segment.

The Pucci uniform was a wool tunic and pants with a bodysuit made from polyester knit.

The Pucci uniform was a wool tunic and pants with a bodysuit made from polyester knit.

Iced Glasses and Hotel Rooms

The gate agent would give a passenger report to the Senior flight attendant before passenger boarding started. This would give an exact number of how many passengers to expect on the flight. The Senior FA would assign duty stations to the rest of the crew and pass along this information.

After a particularly grueling meal segment, the assigned senior on board told the rookie crew in coach that in the next flight segment, we'd have a fully loaded plane. Groaning inwardly while smiling, then exchanging meaningful looks with one another, the three of us began icing dozens of glasses in preparation. This task was done prior to takeoff to get a head start on the beverage service, which started after the plane leveled off.

In reality, only a sprinkling of passengers actually got on board. The two seniors working the front thought it was a hoot watching our hustle. You know, rookies! It was a variation on the rites of passage for newbies. We all had a good laugh many years later.

The Gamble of a Shared Room

But worse than the practical jokes or standing up for fourteen hours of duty, a flight attendant might get stuck in a hotel room with the same practical joker they'd been flying with all day. The airline assigned shared hotel rooms to flight attendants in an effort to reduce overhead costs. Depending on the numbers and genders of the crew, the odd person out might be assigned a room to themselves, which was always a hope, but not often the reality as seniors got room choice, of course.

Weight table for female flight attendants, 1976

Weight table for female flight attendants, 1976

The Mexico Layover: A Rite of Passage

Our flight arrived hours after dark, and by the time our crew got through customs and took the shuttle to the hotel, it was quite late. Despite the hour, I wanted to see a few of the sights before taking off early the next morning.

The luxurious hotel was situated only a short distance from the ocean, but I was cautioned that walking on the beach at night was definitely not safe, so I scrapped the idea. Shops were closed for the evening as well, so I tried to convince my bilingual crewmate to join me at the hotel lounge.

“I’ve already seen the lounge,” she told me irritably.

She was one of those flight attendants who never brought street clothes on layovers, using them as her excuse to stay in the hotel room. We were forbidden to drink while wearing our uniforms. I loaned her some of my clothes to convince her to join me at the piano bar and help keep me out of trouble since I didn't speak the language.

With a little more persuasion, she agreed, and we shared a lovely evening filled with good conversation and music, becoming friends of a sort. It turned out our friendship was of a temporary nature which ended at the door to our hotel room. At that point, she insisted I hand over my alarm clock, which she promptly hid in the depths of her suitcase. She explained, "The noise bothers me."

By then, it was extremely late, and I just wanted to get some sleep—but that was nearly impossible. I kept waking up to check my watch with my handy flight attendant's flashlight. I wondered whether she'd get me up on time or not. She was true to her word when morning arrived, and I lost sleep over nothing.

As I look back on those little pranks and jokes, they were all done in good fun with no harm intended; they served as the rites of passage for the new job.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2010 Peg Cole


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Pamela99, Thanks so much for sharing this and for taking time to stop by and leave a comment. I appreciate you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Hello ChitrangadaSharan, Thank you so much for reading this article and for the thoughtful comment. Your cousin has a current picture of the way things are. I imagine quite a lot has changed over the years.

I was quite surprised to see this hub on the front page today. I guess it proves there is no time limit on the award. :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Dear Old Albion, Not all work...we had some fun, too. There are times we had the whole plane laughing and playing along with our antics. I'll have to write about those flights. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Hello Charito1962, I'm happy that you found this interesting and that it shed some light on the work requirements for this job. Thank you so much for telling me.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Hello VenkatacharinM, Nice of you to take time to visit and read this one. Thank you so much.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Thank you for coming back by, Flourish. Smiles.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Hi Faith, With your kind nature and sweet personality, you would have made a wonderful flight attendant. It is something that I'm glad I did for a while and enjoyed. Those were the days...Yes, things have changed considerably since that time. Glad you enjoyed the video. I was pleased to hear from the creator of the Braniff one on line and know that she saw it posted. That was even before my days in the sky. Thanks again for the visit and kind words.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Stephanie Henkel, I'm glad you stopped in to check this out. Thank you so much for your interest.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2015:

Mikeydcarroll67, Thanks for dropping in to read this article and for your insightful comment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2015:

I always thought of an airline stewardess as such a wonder job. I really enjoyed this interesting hub, with all the true details of this job. Awesome hub, and I will be sharing it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2015:

Congratulations for the HOTD!

Your hub is an interesting read and I enjoyed it. I have always believed that the job of the flight attendant is a glamorous one. One of my cousin sister is in this profession. But listening to her stories it seems that along with glamour and excitement, there are some difficulties as well.

Thanks for sharing your interesting and engrossing story.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on July 19, 2015:

Hi Peg. A really interesting hub. All work and a little play then. Busy but great times and memories for you. Tip top.


Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on July 19, 2015:

Hello, Ms. Peg! Thank you for sharing your experiences as a flight attendant. How exciting this job must have been for you! Now I know that it's not as easy as I used to imagine. Congrats for being HOTD!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on July 19, 2015:

Interesting hub. Came to know some new things here. Thanks for sharing. And, congrats for being selected as Hub of the Day.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 19, 2015:

I'm back to say congratulations on HOTD! I recall this hub well.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 19, 2015:

Congratulations on your HOTD! Great hub from four years ago, dear Peg. Wow, loved your photos and that video too. Boy, things sure have changed since then.

I loved reading all about your adventures. I am 5'8" and back in the day would have met the weight requirements no problem LOL ... I wished I had done it for a few years just when I was really young.

God bless you

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hi EBSisters, Really, too hard? Thankfully, there are many who enjoy this job, even love it. I guess it depends on the person and what you're willing to do to earn a living. Thanks for coming by. I appreciate your frankness.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hi Ktrapp, I would imagine that the same sort of pranks go on today as they did back then. It was all in good fun, although, at the time it might not have been as funny as I'm remembering it. You know, these rose colored glasses take the edge off things.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 19, 2015:

Congratulations on your HOTD! I have always been curious about a flight attendant's life, and really enjoyed reading about your experiences.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Sharkye11, You certainly have faced some challenges as a Nurse Aide. I admire the professionalism that is required under some of the circumstances that you have to handle. Yes, I can see the similarity to life and death situations, weird hours and all varieties of people with which to interact. Thank you for your thoughtful comment and visit.

mikeydcarroll67 on July 19, 2015:

Seems like it was an interesting experience for you! Flight attendants are the few people on the flight to be nice to.

EBsisters on July 19, 2015:

Working as a flight attendant is so enjoyable because you can go all around the world. But at the same time, it is too hard.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 19, 2015:

I totally forgot about Braniff until I saw your Hub. It never occurred to me that there were rites of passage pranks for flight attendants - I wonder if that is still how it is. Great Hub and great photos; congratulations on Hub of the day!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on July 19, 2015:

Goodness! Sounds crazy, but I can see the fun too. The on-call hours, weird schedules, strange co-workers...kind of like the life we lived as nursing home aides. I imagine it was much more tedious in the cramped confines of a plane though!

I don't fly , but if I ever do, I will remember this and be extra nice to the attendants. Enjoyable hub, and congrats on your HOTD!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hi Word55,

Thank you! It came as a major surprise to me when I signed in today. Yes, I haven't been around as much lately due to personal issues. It's good to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones here. Thanks so much for coming by and for the sweet comment.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on July 19, 2015:

Hi Peg, Congrats on having HOTD! Very interesting. Every job has its advantages and disadvantages. I always saw the advantages of a flight attendant. I knew a young lady FA. It has to be more interesting than most jobs for women. I hadn't seen you in a while then all of a sudden you pop up here. Good to see you. Come around more often. Loved the hub!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Au Fait,

It does sound as if the extra board on Greyhound had its similar disadvantages to the worker. I lived in Grapevine at the time I worked for Braniff and commuted with a one hour window from the time we received notice to flight departure at times. With the Dallas traffic, it was always a challenge.

We also worked holidays, birthdays and everyday as scheduled. I remember working on my twenty-seventh birthday, standing on my feet for fourteen hours, then celebrating afterward at a local hangout with friends.

Whether on the ground or in the air, these types of schedules leave little time for family and personal plans. Thank you for sharing a related story about another transportation type job.

All the best,


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Thelma Alberts,

I held many, many jobs during my forty plus years of work experience, but this job had to be among the most memorable. Strange as it may seem, I flew to more places on business trips than I did with the airlines.

Thank you for the kind words, the votes and the shares.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hi Mary615,

Too short? That's too bad. I was at the low end of the acceptable height requirement and made it by only half an inch. It is something I always wanted to do and I was fortunate to have that chance.

Thank you for coming by today and for the great comment.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 19, 2015:

The extra board for Greyhound is even worse. On call 24/7 with no foreseeable change for many years. 24/7 includes holidays, birthdays, and everyday. No exceptions.

Back in 2006 Greyhound was pulling people off their regular routes who had been with the company for over 20 years and putting them on the extra board. They were closing bus stations and ending many routes. New hires had all but no chance of ever being assigned a regular route.

On the extra board a person had 2 hours from the time they received the call to duty until they had to clock in. Even though I lived only 40 miles from Greyhound headquarters in Dallas, I never could make the trip in the allotted time because of traffic. I did drive it on my personal time once on a Saturday morning in 35 minutes, but during all the times I was in training, from the time I got into my car until I parked and got out at Greyhound it was always at east 2.5 hours.

People on the extra board never knew where they would be going or how long they'd be gone. Pretty much impossible to have any semblance of a life, much less a normal life. Tolerable if one could depend on a getting a regular route/schedule after a year or two, but I was told it would be at least 17 years before that might happen. Far too long to live that lifestyle IMHO. In the end after all the training, I declined the job.

Congratulations on HOTD!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Aesta1, It's been so many years since I flew for the airlines that I'm not sure if any of this is current information. I'm glad you stopped in and thanks for leaving a comment.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Heidithorne, Thank you for your courtesy to those in this profession. It's a demanding job that draws a lot of blame for things not within the flight attendant's control - flight delays, mechanical issues like air conditioning malfunctions, bad quality of food, prices for liquor, no leg room and more. You are a sweetheart! Nice to see you here today.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Sunshine625, I wonder if the height and weight restrictions are allowed these days. Back then, they justified it with passenger safety concerns and fitness or ability to respond and react in a flight emergency. You would have made a fantastic flight attendant with your bubbly personality.

Thank you for sharing this on Hot Hubber and Facebook. You are tops!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 19, 2015:

Congratulations on the HOTD! I think you had a very exciting job in your life. Seeing other countries and meeting a lot of interesting people is great. Voted this up and awesome.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 19, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD! I wanted to be a flight attendant many years ago, but I was too short! I did have a friend who was one for many years, and just loved it.

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hello Kimberleyclarke, Nice of you to drop in and and read these old memories. It was a fun time and something I'd always wanted to do. I'm glad to have experienced this when I did, back in the seventies.

Thanks for your visit.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Hi Kristen Howe, thank you for stopping in today. Sorry your mother couldn't try this out since she had the desire. I flew with some tall flight attendants and it seemed to be an advantage when helping the passengers load the overhead bins. I was on the low end of the height requirements. Cheers and thanks again.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2015:

We fly quite often so this is really good information. Congrats on your HOTD.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Nadine, how wonderful that you were able to take advantage of the family flying benefits. Traveling to London and New Zealand must have been great! Yes, the job is rather demanding in terms of hours on your feet and being away from home. It's nice your daughter had a chance to enjoy the experience.

Thank you for taking time to comment and for sharing your flying adventures.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2015:

Jay, thank you for visiting and for taking time to comment. I was shocked to find the email this morning letting me know. I appreciate your remarks.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 19, 2015:

Love the blast from the past! I have a friend who is currently a flight attendant and it is a tough gig. It's why I always try to be kind to these folks. Thanks for sharing your story with us and congrats on Hub of the Day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 19, 2015:

Oh my, I would have been to short by 1" and overweight by 10 lbs to be a flight attendant and I am considered a small person! I am sure you have many more stories to share, these stories were great memories. Thank you for sharing!

Kimberley Clarke from England on July 19, 2015:

Thank you so much for sharing all of this, it was a fascinating read. You clearly have fond memories of your jet set career!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 19, 2015:

Peg, congrats on HOTD! Thanks for sharing your story on your experience on being a flight attendant. It was really interesting to know. My mother wanted to be one at some point. But due to height requirements since she was tall, she couldn't be one. Voted up!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on July 19, 2015:

First of all congratulations on this post been chosen the hub of the day. I loved reading your post because my daughter had been a fight attendant for United Airlines and as her mother I traveled as a standby passenger from London to New York and London to Washington on her birthday. I also got to see my grandson in New Zealand on his first birthday because of her perk. (I only had to pay for my trip from Cape Town to London) She left United when she fell pregnant and it was just after the 911 drama. I'm glad she stopped. It was not a healthy job for her, but I will always be grateful for the travels I was able to do for free on a standby ticked being her mother.

Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on July 19, 2015:

Good article. I wonder why it took four years for it to be featured as Hub of the Day.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2011:

Liola Lee - Thanks so much! I was MUCH younger then and could go days without sleep and did. When we flew to Hawaii from Dallas it was much earlier there and still daylight. So our crew stayed up and went sightseeing after being up about 20 hrs. I really didn't want to waste a moment sleeping while in Hawaii.

The dolphin picture was taken at Sea World in Orlando. We were part of the initial Dolphin Interaction pilot program when they tested it out. Great memories!

Liola Lee on July 18, 2011:

I have every admiration for the girls/guys that work the skies. Always smiling and appearing so composed. How you managed to work a flight with so little sleep is amazing. And how thoughtless of someone to do that. But that said, it gave you a good story to tell : )

ps. I love the picture of you with a dolphin!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 05, 2011:

There are practical jokers in every crowd. She was really ok for the most part. And she did wake me up in time, thank goodness.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on March 04, 2011:

Thanks Peg for another great story. I don't like that your roomie took your alarm clock.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 25, 2011:

Hello WillStarr, Thank you very much. So glad you stopped in. Nice to meet you here on HubPages.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 24, 2011:

Good stuff Peg, and very well written. I found myself totally engrossed in your story.

Voted up and awesome

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 09, 2010:

Hi mulberry, It wasn't so bad really. We didn't fly 24 hours, just had to wait around for a phone call. Maximum duty was 14 hours in the air. We had to be allowed at least 8 hours sleep if we were on assignment.

Christine Mulberry on December 08, 2010:

Yikes, on call 24 hours a day, 21 days a month? I would have lasted 2 years at the most.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 30, 2010:

The perks were really great. Wish I had stayed longer and used them. Flying for free is great - and I enjoyed visiting far away friends back then. Not sure what is included anymore with all the changes. It's been so long ago! When I traveled as a project manager more recently I earned frequent flyer miles that could be used as hotel discounts or free flights.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2010:

So you were a flight attendant! Bet you have many more interesting stories to tell. I always thought that the perks of being a flight attendant were the best...getting to fly free and including family members to anywhere in the world. We know a couple that use those perks to lay on the beach in Hawaii every year as one of their vacations. I guess hotel discounts are included in those perks?

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2010:

Hello there James,

Sorry for the delay in response- went to Sin City for a couple of days :--| Wow, flying has changed sooooo much in the years since I worked in the industry. I shall have to write a hub about the recent experience.

I hope you remember all those stories you heard from retired airline captains. That would really be fun to read. And I'm sure you have some aviation stories of your own to tell. Thanks so much for stopping by. It's always a pleasure to see you here!

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 18, 2010:

I love your story. I was in aviation for 14 years and my charter jet captains were all retired airline captains (at 60) who had lots of great stories to tell. Thank you for this pleasure.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 17, 2010:

Tonymac04, Hope I didn't burst any bubbles. There were some wonderful people (flight attendants and passengers) who made the trips fun and then there were the burn-outs who despised their jobs. Just like in any industry. :-} Thanks so much for stopping by. Love back to you. Peg

Tony McGregor from South Africa on November 17, 2010:

I really enjoyed this peek behind the regulation smiles! I have often wondered about flight attendants and am grateful for this peek at the real people behind the smiles. Thanks

Love and peace


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 08, 2010:

Lisadpreston - Oh my goodness! A hurricane and a civil war? You need to write a hub on that experience. I don't blame you for your fear of flying.

I never was too afraid of the flights but sometimes the hotels were kinda creepy. Other hotels could be deluxe. Like in Wichita the hotel had bicycles for their guests to use and there was a scenic riding trail where the crew toured by bike on our short layover there. Nice trip. Nice crew.

Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story about flying. So nice to see you here.

Hi Hub_01,I'm glad you stopped in. Hope to see you again soon.

Hey there Skye2day, I love UG's comment too.

We did seem to have more of something those days. The food service was supposed to keep your mind off the trip. And it was a service in those days with second coffees and playing cards and such.

Thanks for thinking of me as a good sport - probably not so much at the time but now that I look back with rose colored glasses, good times. Love back to you, sweetness. xxoo Peg

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on November 08, 2010:

I love what ug commented. It is a choice to give our joy away. Sounds like you had a fun career. Those were the days to fly. It was a fun time food and everything aboard the plane. Now it is not so glamourous and fun to fly. Again it is a choice. Anywhere we go we take us and it is in the attitude that will make or break it for us. If we serve the Lord the light will shine.

You seemed like a good sport during your flight days. Great fun story peg, thank yor sharing. Love n hugs

Hub_01 on November 07, 2010:

nice hub, thanks for your sharing.

lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on November 06, 2010:

I think that being a flight attendent alone is exciting! I always had a fear of flying but on my first trip, out of the country, I had to take about 10 planes that week. I also was in a hurricane and a civil war. Typical me, not planning ahead or researching. Oh the adventures I've had. Now I love to fly, but I'm still scared. Everytime I get on a plane, I just know its going to crash or pivot straight to the ground. I'm a nut for sure. At least a glutton for punishment. Enjoyed your hub.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 06, 2010:

Hi Lynda - The trip was brief, no sight seeing or shopping excursions, but hey! It was Mexico! And I'd never been. As you mentioned on a previous hub, the glamour is missing from jobs that many people consider glamourous.

Most of my trips had short layovers that allowed barely enough time to sleep and get back to the airport for another round. But yes, it was fun!

James - You know the bozos abound in every industry. But for every bozo there is a jewel that makes up for it. Since I flew for only a brief time, and many years have passed since then, I remember all of it fondly.

I love your philosophy - "When one can steal your joy. ."

Thanks Lynda and James for stopping in to read and comment. It's always a pleasure to see you both.

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on November 06, 2010:

What I do know is that dealing with the GP (General Public) takes a mindset some of us don't have. That sometimes includes the bozos we must work with.

Peg, I could see where there would be bright and memorable spots in your career. In the beginning, it was a new horizon. Then, the sun sets and the reality sets in. However, it's still the mindset/ You are either as joyful or mean as you allow yourself to be.

When one can steal your joy or happiness, was it ever yours in the first place?

lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on November 05, 2010:

Sounds like a real let-down. So how was it so memorable -- for the disappointment? Fun. Lynda