A flight attendant who took the job because she loves to “learn about new cultures” has shared what it’s like to work in the skies – and says not to ask the crew for water.
Kristina, 27, from Moscow, Russia, has worked for Aeroflot for six years and claims to have “lots of advice” for passengers.
She posts about her jet-set lifestyle on Instagram, @dementevaakristina, where she has a whopping 12,200 followers.
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Kristina told the Daily Star that she joined the job because her “passion is for travelling”.
She noted: “It’s so interesting to learn about new cultures, [having] open eyes in different countries is a good experience.”
And, her favourite part of the job is “welcoming passengers on board, taking care of passengers, providing any assistance if needed as well as smiling and making passengers smile.”
The air-hostess and influencer has visited 24 countries so far on her travels – and gets recognised for her online presence when working at 36,000ft.
Kristina commented: “Of course I like passengers who recognise me from my Instagram – it’s [my] pleasure.
“I also like those who call me by my name. Who follow the rules of our company and [act] with understanding of our job.”
But, she doesn’t like “destructive” passengers who think they know the job better than she does.
With that in mind, her main recommendation for passengers is never to ask the crew for water.
She explained: “Number one – don’t push the call button for asking for a cup of water because our job is hard!”
We’d recommend heading to the galley to ask instead so long as the seatbelt sign is switched off. But, don’t be surprised if you catch some of the staff flirting while you’re up there.
Kristina noted: “I know many aviation couples in my job! “Honestly it’s romantic job, but I try not to make drama or romance with my colleagues.”
And, when it comes to the work, Kristina certainly knows where, and how, she likes to fly.
She told the Travel team: “I prefer long haul flights, because my favourite plane is Boeing 777.
“Only Boeing has long flights and interesting destinations! But short hours flights I like too if it will be flight to other country because we have free time there – like a Spain or France.
“Actually, Spain is my favourite country – I visited many cities [there].
“I like the climate in Spain, food, culture, wine, sea, Spanish architecture! Also I like the Spanish language.”
And, she prefers to work business class rather than economy too.
Kristina said: “I like working in business class more, because there is a high [level of] service in business class like in the restaurant.
“Also the passengers are good.”
On top of having fun visiting exotic countries and entertaining customers though there is a tricky side to being a flight attendant.
Kristina noted: “Every year we refresh our knowledge. What to do in emergency situations, how extinguish a fire or provide medical assistance. We have to pass a lot of exams.
“It’s hard work, but interesting.”
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