Insufferable passengers, rigorous training, and a turbulent life, Heather Poole recounts her years as a flight attendant. The Paperback of the Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at Feet by Heather Poole at Barnes.

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She joked that the planes were literally held together with duct tape on seats, in the galley, etc.

Heather Poole provides the real deal, the inside scoop on the glamorous flight attendant life style. This is light and funny and reads more like a novel or a memoir than like serious non-fiction.

My favorite was the term “air mattress,” which refers to “Cockpit Connies” who have been issuing an excessive number of boarding passes. Especially if you are flying often, or even just once or twice. Overall Yeah it’s a good read. I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in the topic going into it, but the author’s charismatic writing and narrative style quickly got me hooked.

She shares some celebrity encounters without mentioning the names of just how some use their status and some are strictly just like us as passengers.

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

I felt like I got to know her as a person through her stories about life as a flight attendant and I saw the job in a way I hadn’t seen it before. The first step was flight attendant school, or as Poole called it ‘Barbie Boot Camp’, which lasted for two months. Heather Poole tells you what her life is like as a flight attendant. I had been looking forward to it so much that I packed it in my hospital bag just in case I had a moment or two to peek.

I learned many interesting facts about flight attendants. Just like the man sitting in 22B. Heather Poole walked the mean aisles of our mostly national airways for fifteen years and has some tales to tell. I hate travelling, so being a flight attendant has never appealed to me, but I was really impressed by what a good glimpse of the life I got from the book. Though it’s a memoir, it’s well done. So, Robert Redford is mentioned by name, along with how pleasant and unassuming he was during his flight.


Poole does a great job of working in stories about crazy passengers and other flight attendants without giving too much away: Is it posted on my website? Yeather author had spent decades as a stewardess and recounts a vast amount of stories—anything from the army-style training that flight attendants have to go through, to airplane near-accidents, the pitfalls of dealing with creepy passengers, and airline lawsuits.

I even complimented the ;oole on a very smooth landing because I learned that this is a meaningful compliment. I think there are quite a few details we, as passengers, never consider when flying and that’s just how hard of a job, flight attendants actually have. She goes off on a lot of tangents. That has to be a fairy tale come true for a blog writer. But there is enough material in the unpleasantness these men and women have to cope with that she offers an eye-opening view into what it means to actually be a flight attendant.

If you’re a frequent flyer or are just interested in what it takes to be a flight attendant, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. It’s not because passengers get thirsty, or need to be reminded to fasten our seatbelts.

MY BOOK: Cruising Attitude – Heather Poole

She writes in a breezy, easy-to-read style, and does try to keep it light. Mar 20, A. She also offers slight views on her co-workers, ranging from disappointment to admiration.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Sep 06, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: Heqther book is also interesting for anyone who ever flew on an airplane and wondered about the behind-the-scenes life of the staff. It felt like I ehather sitting across from someone who was talking to me about being a flight attendant, but the conversation was so boring that you couldn’t even pay attention, instead thinking of laundry that needs to be done, or remembering that you need to call your parents back.

MY BOOK: Cruising Attitude

In the book, Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole, a reader is taken on a behind the scenes tour of I’m sure most of you have flown before and have had the opportunity at sometime to interact with a flight attendant. Every Flight Attendant should carry this book and give it to the irate passengers on their planes. Heather, I retired from a major airline inafter 20 years of service. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


I watched passenger interactions as I read, noting how poorly passengers behaved towards the flight attendants and fellow passengers. It is very involved, and the first time Heather was called to work on reserve, she messed it up and almost got fired, as she was on probation and could be fired for any small infraction.

All in all it was long and drawn out and not what I was hoping to read. This was a fun peek into the world of flight attendants. Mar 07, Kathleen Kat Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 10, Trichelle De La Cueva rated it it was ok. Apr 03, Diane rated it really liked it. I give it two stars because there were moments in the beginning that kept me interested and the author is funny, although she strung her boyfriend along, thus forcing him to break up with her instead of her doing it herself, which irked me.

How come psychics never tell people that they are petty thieves, can be mean-spirited and think that people should sit quietly and give Hostesses of the Skies all the respect that such an elevated profession deserves? To be sure, there are some of those moments. They are literally so underpaid even tights to wear with their uniforms are a major consideration. Preview — Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole.

Poole has a nice easy tone, and she seems like someone who would be fun to hang out with. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me?

She tries to drop bits of gossip about “celebrities in first class” but the shocking attigude aren’t shocking and the descriptions are so insanely vague that it all rings