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Cruising Attitude : Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet
by Heather Poole

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Flying the not-so-friendly skies...

In her more than fifteen years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. She's witnessed all manner of bad behavior at 35,000 feet and knows what it takes for a traveler to become the most hated passenger onboard.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Flying the not-so-friendly skies...

In her more than fifteen years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. She's witnessed all manner of bad behavior at 35,000 feet and knows what it takes for a traveler to become the most hated passenger onboard. She's slept in flight attendant crashpads in "Crew Gardens," Queens--sharing small bedrooms crammed with bunk beds with a parade of attractive women who come and go at all hours, prompting suspicious neighbors to jump to the very worst conclusions. She's watched passengers and coworkers alike escorted off the planes by police. She can tell you why it's a bad idea to fall for a pilot but can be a very good one (in her case) to date a business-class passenger. Heather knows everything about flying in a post-9/11 world--and she knows what goes on behind the scenes, things the passengers would never dream.

Heather's true stories in Cruising Attitude are surprising, hilarious, sometimes outrageously incredible--the very juiciest of "galley gossip" delightfully intermingled with the eye-opening, unforgettable chronicle of her fascinating life in the sky.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061986468
  • ISBN-10: 0061986461
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 262


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Transportation > Aviation - Commercial
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-12-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Much more goes into being a flight attendant than most people think and Poole, a flight attendant and popular blogger, gives readers the hilarious nitty-gritty details of a life spent in the sky. Starting out at the now defunct charter airline Sun Jet after college, Poole never considered being a flight attendant as a career option. But at her mother’s urging, she applied to a major airline, was hired, and has worked steadily ever since, surviving the rigorous training camp run with military precision (one false step could send you packing) and soon found herself at her first cabin service. Equally fascinating are Poole’s tales of what happens in the hours between flights, particularly in the cramped apartments known as “crash pads” that are more akin to dormitories than real living spaces, where the houses’ rosters are constantly in flux. Based out of New York, Poole describes a series of hilariously unappealing “pads” in Queens—chosen because of its proximity to JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports—and her fellow flight attendants, not to mention their often unscrupulous landlords. The snapshots of testy—or downright bizarre—travelers’ exploits ring particularly true because Poole doesn’t inundate the reader with so many that they all blur together. Whether you’re a frequent or once-a-year flier, there’s something for everyone in this witty tell-all. (Mar.)

 
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