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May 15, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Would-be flight attendants are thinking again after a former Singapore Airlines attendant published revealing details of her travails and anguish with the airline on her blog.

The woman’s blog post, in which she identifies herself just as ‘Hilary’, has become a popular read in Singapore. You can read it here:

Hilary, photo taken in 2012

Hilary, photo taken in 2012

Hilary says the constant stress of the job had her in tears before flights.

“I cried because I dreaded going to work,” she wrote. “I dreaded the work itself- the nonstop labour intensive work where you literally walk to London.”

“Even 3 weeks prior to quitting, I was so filled with relief and happiness when I finally submitted my resignation letter.

“Ok it’s not a BAD job. There are always two sides to something.”

Hilary says that on the surface it seems “so glamorous and fun to be a crew, you get to shop in Paris, go to USA, have breakfast in Tokyo and lunch in LA”. But the work is tough, she writes.

“You are not only a waitress in the air, but also a safety officer, baggage porter, bar tender, toilet cleaner, policeman, babysitter, maid etc. The list goes on. Many girls don’t know this before they join and they’re in for the shock of their lives once they start the job.”

Hilary says passengers harassed her, she found sleep difficult and she missed out on important family events like weddings and funerals because the job had to come before everything.

Hilary claims the airline made her work even when her beloved grandmother lay dying in hospital.

“During the flight, I couldn’t work at all, my heart and mind wasn’t focused that day. I kept thinking of my Granny lying unresponsive in the hospital.”

When her grandmother died she wept alone in her hotel room, she wrote.

Other extracts: “In this job, you cannot argue or explain your actions. For example if your boss asks you ‘why you do this??’ And if you try explaining yourself, it is seen as being argumentative and defensive.”

Hilary said that by leaving the airline she felt she had increased her lifespan by 10 years.

Written by Peter Needham

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