Blogs by Male Flight Attendants

February 20, 2011

in Non-Story Archives

There are a number of blogs that do a commendable job describing the lifestyles and on-the-job experiences of flight attendants. The vast majority of them are written by women, reflecting the greater preponderance of women in the profession. While male FAs are a decided minority (approximately 26% of FAs in the U.S. are male), at one time virtually all FAs were women (our Glamorous Days of Flying post has links to web pages showing pictures of stewardesses from that era). The gender barrier was broken in the 1960s due to sexual discrimination suits.

Straight Guy in the Queer Skies was created by Brian Easley, a FA (and blogger) since 1998. Easley relishes the uniqueness of his lifestyle, proclaiming “If my luck holds up I’ll never know what the inside of an office building looks like, or what 9-5 feels like.” On his blog Easley shares his insights on hotel rooms, pilots (“Any flight attendant with a penis is a bad flight attendant in their eyes”), passengers, crew juice (alcoholic concoctions shared by flight crew), and the lack of respect shown to male FAs in their uniforms (“it doesn’t make women want to rip off their clothes”). He also divulges what it’s like being in a minority of straight males (“a small fraternity of brothers”), and offers tips on how to hit on passengers.

Up Up & A Gay was created by Bobby Laurie in 2009. Laurie’s postings includes those about passengers (who he often calls “civilians”), crash pads (temporary lodging for flight crews, often supplied with bunk beds), and aggravating call button requests. One of his posts describes his awkwardness dealing with a frisky couple cavorting lasciviously underneath a blanket. Another one recounts his experience managing a passenger who went ballistic after being told that he had to check his carry-on bag. The site also has videos offering travel tips, as well as news articles about airlines and flight attendants. Besides his blog, Laurie is co-host of The Crew Lounge, a weekly podcast (his partner is fellow FA Sara Keagle, founder of The Flying Pinto blog). He also authored the book Planely Speaking (available for sale in our Amazon.com book store).

Both Straight Guy in the Queer Skies and Up Up & A Gay are written in an entertaining manner, and do a great job describing the challenges and thrills that accompany a FA’s peripatetic lifestyle.

Dina February 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Can anyone recommend some good blogs by female FAs? 🙂

Gregg - admin February 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Dina,

I know you're from Australia. Here's a good blog by an Aussie female FA: In Case of Emergency….

I think you'll like this other blog that I follow as well: Another Passport Stamp.

I mentioned this one in the post: The Flying Pinto.

Dina February 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Awesome, thanks! 🙂

Kiri the Can Opener February 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

thanks for the link to the blog – flying (as a passenger anyway) in Oz is a very different experience to flying in the USA. It's great to see this blog from a Downunder point of view.

brianeasley February 23, 2011 at 3:11 am

I recommend http://hpoole.wordpress.com/ for a good female FA blog. Very funny and fresh.

Gregg - admin February 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Great one Brian. Thanks for sharing it!

Amelia Kelly March 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the comments guys! Working on some new content soon…

92548 Storage Units April 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The blog "A Straight Guy in the Queer Skies" looks interesting and worth checking out. I'm curious to know what his tips are on hitting on passengers. (LOL)

Flights for Travel July 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Travel Vietnam July 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

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