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Around the World in a Bad Mood : Confessions of a Flight Attendant

By (author) Rene Foss

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This hilarious book confronts every aspect of a flight attendants absurd worldfrom the endless array of passenger demands, to the secret language of flight attendants, and a unique version of the Safety Demo Shuffle. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare yourself for a side-splitting perspective on the trials and tribulations of air travel.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • 01 Apr 2002
  • Hyperion
  • New York
  • English
  • 0786890118
  • 9780786890118
  • 183,583

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Humorous (and not so humorous) sketches about the life of a flight attendant, a follow-up to the author's musical revue of the same title. Exposes by members of the service professions, from doctors and waiters to cab drivers and cops, are a publishing mainstay. Sixteen-year veteran flight attendant Foss knows the genre's requirements: (1) insider accounts of training, working, and scandal within the profession; (2) funny stories about encounters with the public. The author is at her best, however, when not trying so hard to be amusing. It's a jolt to learn that flight-attendant training shares much of the discipline and brutality of boot camp. Despite impressive perks (free air-travel anytime), the work itself is grueling; meanwhile, though, readers will enjoy the author's nuts-and-bolts description of her duties. Meal service up narrow aisles is a complex, by-the-numbers team effort quickly thrown into chaos when too many passengers decide to go to the bathroom. And a delightful chapter describes the attendant's interminable chore of collecting trash. Inevitably, the jokes and attempts at humor miss as often as they hit, though there are plenty of zingers ("How does a flight attendant say 'Fuck you' to a passenger? 'I'll be right back' "), and the rules for passengers are worth memorizing ("Never poke a flight attendant"). Anecdotes about passengers from hell are a staple, and many are amusing. Unwanted, though, are the lyrics and sketches from Foss's revue; they were probably entertaining when performed but shouldn't have been included here. It was also misguided to add a final chapter describing her in-the-air experiences on September 11, no matter how de rigueur it seems for writers these days. Not quite as funny as it should be, but the behind-the-scenes peek at the flight attendant's life makes it mostly worthwhile. (Kirkus Reviews)

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