A day off is such a delight after this “work” thing. I am tired and sore, but so happy that I’m doing this job. I’ve started to get somewhere with my relationships with my crew (being a woman, being white, not being a Muslim, not speaking the language ~ it’s been a bit uphill) and we’re having some fun together, sharing a few laughs even. Working seriously hard seems to have gained some respect.

I have two things I would like to share with travelers, given my newly-acquired wisdom from this week.

1) Your baggage WILL be thrown. Deal with it. There is no fricking way we can move 600 bags in the space of a few minutes if we’re being delicate. I try to toss them relatively gently. That’s the best I can do for you. Those of you who pack your bags so they require a “Heavy” sticker? I don’t necessarily afford you that same courtesy.

2) If you like your pet, don’t ship it. Just don’t. They do not look like they are having a good time. I try to say hello in a friendly voice when I’m moving the crates, but really? No. If you like your animal, don’t do that to them.

Just spent an awesome day with Brock running errands. I had forgotten the part about when you’re working a schedule and actually have to plan your life around that kind of thing.

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  1. Jamie
    November 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    I do the wand thing too, Rob ~ we do all of it. Refill the water, move the huge containers with loaders & marshall the airplanes in and out, including pushing them back. My favorite part is waving the captain down the runway!

  2. rob
    November 18, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    Awww! I thought you directed the planes with those bat thingies, hence the premium comment :o(( Mind you if I ever loose my luggage Im sure that I will regard your job in another light :o))Great that you are doing it, take care and don`t hurt your back! remember “a bad back is for life!” and it just isn`t worh it.