Monday, March 12, 2012
Cruising Attitude...Review and Giveaway
Flying the not-so-friendly skies…
In her more than fifteen years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. She’s witnessed all manner of bad behavior at 35,000 feet and knows what it takes for a traveler to become the most hated passenger onboard. She’s slept in flight attendant crashpads in “Crew Gardens,” Queens—sharing small bedrooms crammed with bunk beds with a parade of attractive women who come and go at all hours, prompting suspicious neighbors to jump to the very worst conclusions. She’s watched passengers and coworkers alike escorted off the planes by police. She can tell you why it’s a bad idea to fall for a pilot but can be a very good one (in her case) to date a business-class passenger. Heather knows everything about flying in a post-9/11 world—and she knows what goes on behind the scenes, things the passengers would never dream.
Heather’s true stories in Cruising Attitude are surprising, hilarious, sometimes outrageously incredible—the very juiciest of “galley gossip” delightfully intermingled with the eye-opening, unforgettable chronicle of her fascinating life in the sky.
Heather Poole's book is delightfully funny. Some of her experiences and anecdotes seem too outrageous to be true, but I'm sure they are. I am so often surprised at the behavior of my fellow humans and the way we treat those who are providing services to us. I was also surprised at the level of training that flight attendants must go through. To say it was extensive and exhausting shouldn't surprise me, but did.
I'm a fairly casual flyer. I don't fly on a regular basis, but I've flown internationally as well as within the states. I fly with my children, who are well behaved, who handle their own luggage and keep themselves quietly entertained on flights and who are always, and I mean, always, complimented by the flight crew and have been from their first flights. In my flight experience, I can't say that I've witnessed anything from fellow passengers or flight attendants that was memorably difficult, although I've had to endure rowdy children and parents who do not do anything to control, calm or care for them and I've run into the occasional, indifferent and patronizing flight attendant. I do remember one flight, years ago, that had an unplanned stop in Pueblo, Colorado because of mechanical difficulties and it turned into an 8 hour stopover, but passengers and crew handled it well as we all hung out in a small airport waiting room. I will say that my worst flight experience came on Air France (SFO to Paris). Snooty attendants, rude passengers, a "non-smoking" flight that meant smoking sections you had to walk through to get to the lavatory and then, once you got to the lavatory, the floor was sticky. I've never been so happy to get off a flight in my life, although the Paris Airport wasn't much better.
While I found some of the technical details and explanations hard to follow, I just skipped over those paragraphs. I also came away with the thought that, why would anyone want to be a flight attendant? The perks just don't seem to outweigh the grief, but these are also careers that no one will ever call predictable and once you gain some seniority, those perks do seem to get better. I will also never board another flight without looking at the situation with new, enlightened eyes.
At once entertaining and engaging, this is a light, easy read and one that will have you laughing out loud. The behind the scenes look at life in the friendly skies is enlightening and unexpected. There is mild profanity and use of the F word.
Trish at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Heather Poole here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.
Tuesday, March 6th: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, March 7th: Brandi Reads
Thursday, March 8th: Seaside Book Nook
Monday, March 12th: 2 Kids and Tire Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 13th: Walking With Nora
Wednesday, March 14th: BookNAround
Thursday, March 15th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, March 20th: Book Dilettante
Wednesday, March 21st: Helen’s book Blog
Friday, March 30th: Book Club Classics!
Because I think many of you will enjoy Cruising Attitude, thanks to the publisher, I'm offering a giveaway.
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