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Thursday, 29 March 2007

Life as a Young and New Flight Steward continues...

The job of a flight steward (sometimes known as flight attendant) had its advantages and disadvantages. It was the same for the girls except they did not stay on long. They had one 5 year contract and it was non renewable. Later on, in the late 1970s the stewardess's contract was renewable for another 5 years. By the 1980s,a flight stewardess with SIA could work up to 15 years. The flight steward retirement age was 45 and with good work and medical records, could work up to age 50 and later to 55.
So you can see from the above,the flight stewardesses did not stay on long. They would leave after the first or second contract to start a new career or family.
A new steward like me when I first started off, had been bullied by the senior crew. It was a norm then. We had to stomach all the cursing and swearing. One of my contemporaries had a coupe plate thrown at him.Another,was kicked in his butt by a chief steward for not chilling the fresh fruits in the first class section (today,he is the owner of some movie link company and drives around in a Jag)A junior stewardess was slapped on her face by another senior girl for being slow in her work. Yet another one had her ear pulled.
When we complained to the office, we were told to quit if we can't tolerate such things. Today,SIA would not condone these rough tactics and would take actions against such senior crew. It's the soft approach that SIA cabin crew advocate, like reporting and counselling the junior crew.
Well,in spite of all the rough treatments,I persevered. Some gave up and threw in the towel by resigning.
One good thing about these senior crew was that most of them would treat you better and as buddies,once you were able to accept their ways. From then on, you would be able to enjoy your work.
Personally,I think those tough treatments were good. They made "steel" out of us and we could weather rougher storms ahead in life.
Today,the crew are more pampered and protected. Some even had the audacity to fix up the senior crew. They are less disciplined in almost every aspect. For example, in those days,you would hardly find male SIA cabin crew without their uniform jackets on. Today, it's not uncommon to see them walking around the airport areas without their jackets. Some even "sling" their jackets over their shoulders like cowboys.....to be continued.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

what has happened is that we have grown up and opened our eyes.no longer can you all tell us an orange is blue and we have to accept it.hurrah for the new crew!!

Anonymous said...

BT, Cheap iron thinks it is needlessly tortured in the furnace. Stainless steel looks back and knows better.

BL

Anonymous said...

Well said BL and coming from a wiseman like U,I tend to believe.
BT

Anonymous said...

Aiya, so nice of you. Hehehe...
BL

Anonymous said...

no wonder the service on SQ had been dropping.It's the "no longer we can accept that orange is blue" mentality that crew today just perform as what their duties entails.There is no more passion and pride in deliverence of service.It's about their rights & customers ols dont pray2 & ask more.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, it was bad (at least for me). I had to persevere with great hatred. How sad..and guess what? I quit and life is all peachy again.

Anonymous said...

Life is peachy again? Good for you.
BT

Anonymous said...

Seriously, I think that if you know your work, no one will fault u.

Even if the seniors did back then its all for the juniors good...

Will yr mum scold you if u are lazy ?

It obvious even as a passenger these days, I can sense that its just the notion that the crew goes thru. No passion and drive.Sad case tsk tsk