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Friday, 29 March 2013

Long weekend but cabin crew........

Cabin crew toils away at odd hour of the days. They flew long hours,often averaging 70 to 80 hours a month. They slot on festive holidays like Christmas, New Years,Chinese New Year, Muslim Hari Raya, weekends etc etc. Besides, whether they like it or not, most if not all work on their birthdays.

Some airlines pay their flight attendants special payments if their flights fall on festive holidays and their birthdays.

While we are out celebrating the Easter holidays starting today, we should spare a thought for the crew who are either in the air right now or sleeping in the overseas hotels. Most have minimum stay overseas. It is not like it used to be when they had longer stay at overseas stations. Longer stay means more take home pay and longer rest for the tired legs and bodies.

Do you know that:

Active flight attendants had a lower rate of induced abortions than former flight attendants, but the spontaneous abortion rate was similar between the two groups. Active flight attendants reported more menstrual irregularities, which are a risk factor for infertility.

According to a study there are five major problems faced by the cabin crew:
Stress (88.85%) Back pain (72.65%) Loss of memory (67.47%) Headaches (58.42%) Loss of hearing (51.37%)
88.85% of FAs have reported feeling stressed `often' or `sometimes'. Many felt that if the work environment were more employee-friendly their stress level might come down.

For female flight attendants, sexual harassment by passengers takes a toll - affecting how they view their own health.
Harassed attendants are three times more likely to rate their own health as poor, new research shows. Many have been seriously depressed; some have considered suicide.

Pilots and flight attendants on many airline routes are exposed to more radiation than most workers in nuclear power plants, new Government studies show.

Of course the lists of health hazards for flight attendants do not stop here. Do a search on the internet and you will know what I mean.

Airlines managements and the travelling public should spare a thought for the FAs.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its part & parcel of the job. I missed my late father's passing away while on CC duty overseas. By the time I got back he was gone. Its one of the biggest regrets not having the chance to say goodbye.

Daddy said...

Yes Anonymous u are right. I am sorry to hear about your situation. My 2 children were born when I was away. The office don't even allow me to pax home on that 2 occasions.
I supposed SIA is paying for their sins now.

Anonymous said...

SIA is a good company but it is the management in cc who are the culprits.

Anonymous said...

To my ex-girl friend- CCY, please take care!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes sometimes don't just change the shirt ! Change the WHOLE wardrobe !

Anonymous said...

It is still not too late to save the airline if you transfer all those inefficient,arrogant and unfriendly Ass managers to other divisions (if they are still wanted)! Bring in the intelligent and qualified ones.
PLEASE SAVE OUR NATIONAL PRIDE !

Anonymous said...

The situation is bad bad bad now isn't it! It's sad to see all the hardwork of the senior crews who worked so hard to fly the SQ flag up high and proud, unchallenged for years down the drain! Are we still Superior Quality?

Anonymous said...

Some crew earned as much as $8000/ working as little as 80hrs per month(esp those who are in 345). Why do we pity them.

I regretted quitting the job. The remuneration and productivity just does not tally compared to other organisations.

Now I get half for twice the amount of work I put in. The lunch in HKG and dinner at cheesecake factory in SFO all within the same day. Can you beat all that.

Don't listen to lies around us. It is a gd job and gd company. I have to quit to work in Singapore and take care of my little ones.

Given a choice, I'd remain single and fly to be a CSS or IFS.

Anonymous said...

Some crew earned as much as $8000/ working as little as 80hrs per month(esp those who are in 345). Why do we pity them.

I regretted quitting the job. The remuneration and productivity just does not tally compared to other organisations.

Now I get half for twice the amount of work I put in. The lunch in HKG and dinner at cheesecake factory in SFO all within the same day. Can you beat all that.

Don't listen to lies around us. It is a gd job and gd company. I have to quit to work in Singapore and take care of my little ones.

Given a choice, I'd remain single and fly to be a CSS or IFS.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Some crew earned as much as $8000/ working as little as 80hrs per month(esp those who are in 345). Why do we pity them...... U can still come back as a "Flying Mother" and FYI there will be no longer anymore A345 from Oct.