How well do you know people? Probably not as well as you think.
I read an interesting article last week that mentioned secrets travelers don’t know about Flight Attendants. I spend a fair amount of time in airports, so I found some of them to be eye-opening, and fairly humorous. Here are just a few from the list:
1) When the plane door is open, we aren’t getting paid. (That explains why Attendants are so adamant about overhead bins and finding a seat quickly. Every minute spent boarding and de-boarding is time off their pay check—they’re paid for “flight hours only”, which begins when the plane pushes back from the gate. So, when they rush you to find a seat, it’s nothing personal—they just want to be paid.)
2) We can be too tall or too short. (This sounds pretty shallow, but in reality, it’s much better than it used to be. During the Pan Am era of the 1960’s, Stewardesses had to be at least 5’2 and weigh no more than 130 pounds. They also had to retire by the age of 32. Today, those restrictions are gone, but female Attendants must still be at least 5’3, and no taller than 6’1.)
3) We hate pouring Diet Coke. (No wonder I always get a roll of the eyes when I ask for my favorite beverage. Diet Coke takes twice as long to serve because the fizzle from the carbonation takes twice as long to settle. Attendants say they can serve three beverages in the amount of time it takes to serve one Diet Coke. This is a significant factor on the short, 45 minute in-state flights.)
I realize these secrets aren’t “Breaking News”, but they do explain why Flight Attendants often seem irritable. In one way or another, it serves as a reminder for the church. How often do we share our struggles, fears, pet-peeves, and disappointments? Church should provide an environment where we feel comfortable to share our unknown secrets. When we do, people understand us better and can relate with us more. Granted, these secrets may not be life-shattering, but it’s comforting when people listen and care.
Find someone to listen to you. Find someone you will listen to. You will be glad that you did.