Are Flight Attendants Significantly Underpaid?

Flight Attendants Significantly Underpaid

Ask the 226 passengers on the Ural Airlines flight this week that had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield. Ask them if they think that their crew are paid enough.

All 234 passengers and crew ultimately survived.

“… at a time when many airlines are making record profits, it doesn’t seem fitting that many flight attendants are going on strikes or are living on food stamps.”


Flight Attendants Significantly Underpaid

In the last few years passenger loads are increasing as evident in our regularly full cabins and oil prices remain stable.

Airlines are making record profits. So why aren’t we, the airline employees, still not seeing any benefit increases?

“Cabin crew deal with a lot, and I mean a lot. Airports and airplanes seem to bring out the very worst in people… people often act irrationally when they travel, to put it very politely.”


“When there is a delay, it’s of course the flight attendants fault. TV screen broken, flight attendants fault. Ran out of your meal choice? Of course, you guessed it, that must have been the flight attendants fault as well.”


Many major airlines have mistreated crew for years.

“Hours in the air have increased, layover time decreased, and largely salaries have stayed relatively stagnant.”

“Would you be happy flying 6 short haul sectors in a day. Screaming children, multiple rude passengers, and an employer that puts shareholders over employees?”


Nobody would.

So to answer that premise question: that’s a resounding YES!

Read also: 3 Ridiculous Myths About Flight Attendants

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[Source: Forbes]