Many a time we would hear of female trainees falling head over heels in love with their male instructors. I called it infatuation or puppy's love.
The age gap between the trainer and the female trainee would be around 10 years. It wasn't a big age gap compared to the time when I left.
The period just before I left the airline, the average age gap between a trainer and his female trainee was about 30 years. Old enough to be her father. So these days you don't hear trainees falling in love or infatuated with their trainers.
In my early years as an instructor to the young girls,I had gone through that experience of trainees getting infatuated with me. I had to counsel them because some of these girls openly expressed their feelings.
Of course, there were also rogue trainers among us who exploited the situation.
One of my own colleagues even made his trainee pregnant. How many of such cases I could not really tell because things were being hushed up or swept under the carpet.
For most of us trainers, we lived by our professional ethics. We did not "dirty our own backyards". As one of my joker ex-colleagues put it " we plucked the best durains
and someone else eat them".
There was one girl in my class who was openly infatuated with me. She would leave little notes on my desk during my absence,telling me how she felt towards me.It was a opened secret because everyone in the class knew about it.
Another one was about a trainee who always asked me for private lessons because she said could "not cope".
Yet another one told me about her past love affairs with married men and how she enjoyed her time with them. It was a big hint for me to make a move.
Yes, admittedly there were many more cases.
Temptation was great but we had to remain strong because we simply couldn't exploit the situation and take full advantage of these young and innocent girls.
I always told them that one of these days when they grew up a little,they would felt embarrassed when we met.
Well, some of them after flying for a while and on meeting me, would confessed that it "was a silly school girl fantasy" to be so called in love with me. We would then laugh it off as matured man and woman.
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