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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Grateful for the help.

Not along ago, I was at a housing estate doing some heartland shopping when I met an ex stewardess called Susanna  (not her real name). At first, she looked familiar to me but as she approached closer I realised Sue must have been a stewardess with SQ.
Sue gave me a big sweet smile and asked me whether I could remember her. I said "yes" though I was still unsure about her eg. her name and when was the last time I flew with her.
" I was the girl who was supposed to be sacked because of a report from an IFS....remember Sir? ".  "You save me and I am always grateful to you."  Oh "ya" came my reply," now I remember you".
We chatted for a while along the pavement leading to the shop that I wanted to visit.  Sue told me she had almost completed her 2nd contract with SQ and is now married.
Going back about 10 years, Sue was a newbie stewardess. She was a gorgeous looking girl of about 20 back then (she is still good looking). When she was on probation, an IFS who was her crew in charge tried to get her a sack. He put in a nasty report about Sue and wanted the manager get rid of Sue. That IFS was one of the manager's favourites because of his involvement and assistance in the office activities ( in short he was a balls carrier). The real story why the IFS didn't like Sue was because he hinted to Sue on one of their flights that he was interested in her. However, Sue didn't pay much attention to him and it hurt his ego. From that day, he was all out to get Sue a sack. He was a senior crew and held the key to Sue's survival in the airline.
When the matter was brought to my attention, I spoke to the manager and persuaded him not to sack Sue. I told him the IFS had a bad reputation and had victimised other junior crew before. I was involved in Sue's case because I was her ward leader.
After some investigation, the manager believed half of the IFS's story. He made the decision to extend Sue's probationary period for 6 months instead of sacking her, much to our relief.
That was probably the reason Sue never forget me.

16 comments:

Edmond said...

You have lived what the Bible verse said:
Ecclesiastes 11:1
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

Anonymous said...

BT,from your stories in this blog seems like you are well connected with the manangement? And whenever someone is victimised,you somehow are able to have a say in the matter and let the management know about the truth. How did you manage to do that? The victims must have felt a relief to have sought for your help. You're like a hero to them isn't it?

Boh Tong said...

Thanks Edmond.

To annonymous: I have all the facts so if the managers don't do anything to help then I will approach the Big Boss and the managers will be in a bad light.

Stories From The Air said...

BT one of the early pioneers leh.

Anonymous said...

But BT, one thing I dont understand is that how issit that you can approach the big boss? You must hold a certain rank in the airline right? Im not very sure if a crew can go so high in ranking? Pardon me but what does CCE means? As your blog states you're an ex-CCE .

boh tong said...

CCE stands for Cabin Crew Executive which is the lowest rank in the management hierarchy. Anyone of us could approach the big boss which was the SVP if we have a problem.
Yes a crew could also be promoted to be a CCE but it's rare these days.

Anonymous said...

BT,you're one of the pioneers and I bet you must have heard seen and know a lot about the airline. The good and the bad of being a crew yea? Unless you have a passion to serve,you'll do your job well and carry the SIA name but seems like nowadays the standard has dropped? I would definitly go for someone mature,older and wiser to be in this service industry. What is your take?

Boh Tong said...

U r absolutely rite! No passion = poor service. Can't blame the crew cos management is thinking of cutting cost all the time and it affects the crew's morale. Besides, we do not have caring management staff like we used to. They punish the crew for the slightest mistake.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how would SIA be in years to come. Gone are the days where you see professional warm and sincere crews serving on the plane. I've always think that the pioneer batches are the best and I could not comprehend why SIA would choose girls who are 'Ah lian' like. Dont you think so BT?

boh tong said...

If the airline wants to get good quality girls it must pay well. The pioneers were very well paid around 1k a month. 1k was a lot of money in the old days. U could have a bowl of wanton mee for 20 to 30 cts., a landed property eg a house with 3 bedrooms and a garden of 2,000 sq ft cost ard 15 to 20k. I bought my first car, a mini morris which cost S $5,468 and a wolks cost 6k.Bus fare cost max 25 cts from 1 end to the other end.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that the airline pays well during those days. BT, would you,someone who has been through with SIA almost half of your life encourage/advise someone to take up this job? Say...if your daughter wants to be a cabin crew,would you encourage her? What kind of advice would you offer?

boh tong said...

I would neither encourage or discourage my daughter to be a stewardess. Of course if she only has an O level or A level it's better she join the airline than work elsewhere cos the pay in the airline is better.

BT's fake daughter said...

Luckily BT nebber encourage daughter to join cabin crew. He knows how tough life can be there. One generation there is good enough, the next generation should surpass the previous generation.

BT's fake son said...

So BT, what about if your son wanted to join cabin crew, would you encourage or discourage?

BT's fake adopted daughter said...

Wah BT..... suddenly you got so many fake children!

boh tong said...

ya lor suddenly i got many fake children. Ya i donated my sperm to the sperm bank,that's why lor.
At one time my son wanted to join cabin crew but for a year or two. I discouraged him cos i told him this is not a play play job.But if he wanted to be a cc for the long term i would encourage him. Later after graduation he joined SATS as an A/O mah.