Jeff - Working in the airline industry, from my experience has always been held in very high regard and has also been very competitive to get those coveted positions. Where did your interest in becoming a Flight Attendant come from?
George - My interest in becoming a Flight Attendant sparked at a young age. I remember my mom taking me to the airport overlook, a place where you can watch airplanes take off and land. I always found airplanes to be fascinating and loved every time I got to see them. I used to have a toy collection of airplanes that I would play with when I was a kid. I always had a fear of heights and flying on an airplane. This made me put being a Flight Attendant on hold until I signed up for a study abroad class in College. My first plane ride was taken on May 9th, 2016 from Charlotte North Carolina to Toronto Canada on a CRJ 200. I remember feeling overwhelmed and scared to fly. I cried during takeoff but once airborne that’s when the passion to be a Flight Attendant sparked. I loved every second of the flight and watched the Flight Attendant do service and all from my seat. After that moment and flying four times I knew I wanted to pursue becoming a Flight Attendant. I have kept track of every flight I have flown on since and the total is now at 571 flights taken. To be someone that was once afraid to fly, I find it to be amazing. My passion for aviation has grown so much, I look to Flight Attendants as my heroes every day. They mean a lot to me and to carry that title myself means the world to me. I also would like to say, after my first training with my first regional airline in the fall of 2017 I got to fly over my house I used to live in 10 years ago. I remember looking up while outside and thinking someday I will fly over this very same spot. I did that, I flew over that same spot and looked out the window and said, “I did it! I made a dream and vision come alive.”
Jeff - When you did decide to pursue a career as a Flight Attendant, what were the first steps you took?
George - The first steps I took when I pursued the Flight Attendant position was research and find what airlines were hiring at the time. After I completed my research I was so motivated I decided to apply to all of them. I didn’t care at the time about the pay. I just wanted to fly and make a dream come alive. I applied to over 9 Airlines and only got accepted to one in the Fall of 2017. It was a regional airline that flew for United Express and American Eagle.