Cruising Attitude

Cruising Attitude

Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet

Book - 2012 | First edition.
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Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider's account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in "Crew Gardens" Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of "Galley Gossip," a weekly column for AOL's award-winning travel website Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant's jump seat.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780061986468
Branch Call Number: 387.742 POO
Characteristics: 262 pages :,portrait ;,21 cm

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ksoles Sep 05, 2014

Columnist, blogger and flight attendant with 15 years in a flammable polyester uniform under her belt, Heather Poole has plenty to divulge in her memoir of the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the "friendly" skies. After reading Poole's account of receiving training in grooming, emergency evacuation procedures and carrying crystal Champagne flutes, most travellers will gain enough empathy to up their in-flight politeness. And that's without even considering the crazy passengers that plague flight attendants every day.

Poole's stories range from the trivial to the unbelievable but, though at times it feels disjointed, "Cruising Attitude" provides an enthralling, eye-opening peek into the life of a professional flyer. Poole introduces the jerks, like the one who yells at her repeatedly to wipe down his crotch. She presents the insane, like the woman who tried to hand over her crying baby for the duration of an eight-hour flight. And she exposes the creeps, like the cab driver, mailman and priest who hit her up for Buddy passes.

Earning $18,000 a year minus $2000 for uniforms, Poole started out sharing a house in Queens and accepting dinner dates from strangers to keep from starving. Her stories of strange men do come dangerously close to resembling a bad Sex in the City episode but Poole redeems herself when providing etiquette tips, gossiping about celebrity passengers and generally giving the public a rare look behind the galley curtain.

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Staggerwing
Mar 15, 2014

Readers will find this interesting, amusing, and at times boring. Flight attendants; past and present will totally relate to Heather Poole's experience as a flight attendant. Sitting reserve as a flight attendant is one of the most miserable things a person can do. Commuting adds to the misery. Who would I highly recommend this book to? ANYONE thinking of becoming a flight attendant...regardless of your age. She explains in detail the flight attendant training center and it is 100% accurate. Crashpad life...100% correct, again. Hotel living again, 100%. It may seem to the reader that she is exaggerating, but she isn't. Being a flight attendant is not a glamorous job as many think it might be. Sleep is always lacking and many times you are stuck with nothing to eat...unless you still have granola bars in your bag. Which become so sickening it's hard to even look at their wrapper. Hopefully, all readers will learn from her book the minute details that are involved in the job and how to be more respectful and appreciative of the position. And, next time you fly...take a few bananas or something sealed in a package...like those little bags of carrots and hand them to the flight attendant when you board. They will be appreciated and eaten! And bring smiles to the crew...and they will remember you! From the writing side of book...it needed proofreading and editing. Otherwise, her story will hold your attention. It's an easy read.

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Keogh
May 21, 2013

I picked this up on a whim, and found myself enjoying it. The author has been in the industry for years, and brings a sense of humor and a deft touch to her writing. She gives us the insider's point of view to the aviation industry, playing around with the flight attendant stereotype, and tells stories from that point of view that entertain and make us see things differently. It's a light read, but a pleasant one.

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mlpeacock1227
Aug 05, 2012

I picked this book up because I wanted a fun, easy beach read. This book proved to be exactly that. I have always had a curiosity about what it is like to be a flight attendant. This book shares it all! Crazy passengers, juicy facts about pilots, and the not so glamorous side of air travel. It was a quick read, but I was definitely captivated on each page!

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