Might be boring for you, I don't know, but I can't leave my apartment until the bank people come and I've only just got internet after a few months of living here. So of coarse, first priority- reddit! Anyway, a little background: I'm american, though that's a rare thing for Emirates Cabin crew (apparently of 16,000 crew, there's only a few hundred Americans). Ill be honest and tell y'all I've only been with the company for a few months. The training is ridiculously intense for anyone who's interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2aQGiq3B5Q

edit: i loved this, but im exhuasted and i have a flight at 755 am tommorow to AMM, which means i need to wake up at 4 am. So I'll have a look again when I get home tommorow, around 5pm Dubai time.

Ask away!

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rasputin77774 karma

I've flown Emirates a few times. Got upgraded to business, which was incredible. The vintage champagne, beds (of course) and other amenities were great, but I thought it was really cool that the staff addresses us by our names. It was a small thing that felt really cool.
And of course your cool caps and sashes. :)

EKstandards77 karma

Keep being nice to us and we'll treat you like a king!!! (or queen)

miloais38 karma

How long do you plan to work as a flight attendant? Do you plan on a career in the airline industry?

EKstandards50 karma

I want to work as a flight attendant as long as I can. However I don't want it to be a lifetime job as I'd like to have a normal social life and family at some point. This job can get really, really, lonely sometimes. Also, flying is apparently really bas for your health. I've heard we're not legal to testify in courts after 1 year because our memory gets so bad, nor can we donate our organs.

perche44 karma

I've heard we're not legal to testify in courts after 1 year because our memory gets so bad, nor can we donate our organs.

That sounds unlikely. Maybe a flight attendants urban legend?

EKstandards23 karma

Its possible, but I would be lying if I was going to say My memory's gotten fuzzy. This might come from weird sleep scheduales, lack of sleep, lots of drinking, and not even knowing what day it is though.

glacierfreeze70 karma

It's definitely your lifestyle (drinking, sleep schedule etc.) that's affecting your memory... Flying doesn't do that. Also, the organ donation thing and courtroom thing are not true. Source: I'm an airline pilot and I've been flying for 15 years.

EKstandards16 karma

I hope so. Who are you working for- and do you feel any ill effects on your own health?

dmoczy28 karma

US naval pilot here, what you heard is a myth. They're crazy overprotective about all aviator's/nfo's/aircrew's health here and trust me, if being at altitude (in a plane) was bad for your health we'd hear about it incessantly

Edit: spelling. Also I'm an organ donor and have never heard of someone having that status denied or rejected

EKstandards9 karma

thats really good to hear =)

miloais6 karma

Wow, I didn't know that.

Do you think you'll still be doing this after you get married? I would find it really difficult to be away from my wife fo long periods. What would you like to do after leaving the industry?

EKstandards2 karma

Well, my boo's in NY right now, so we're spending WAY more time away from eachother then we would be if I'd move to NY and be an FA for an american carrier there. Personally I think it'll be good for our relationship. I get restless a lot and very easily- I think I used to drive him a little crazy with the fact that I had to be OUT and MOVING all the time. Maybe I'll work groundstaff all the time. I have no idea. Any suggestions for a lost soul like me?

mre57651 karma

Where did you hear all this?

If an FA's memory suffers after a year of flying, then given FA's are, "primarily here for your safety" don't you think there would be no older FAs?

EKstandards1 karma

I don't think you are an grammar expert.

mre57651 karma

I don't think you are an grammar expert.

Lol. Apparently all that flying has affected your brain.

Always love it when a troll criticizes grammar and then commits the same sin.

EKstandards1 karma

Ok, will message the mods now with my emirates ID. If someone tells me how? Honestly this is my first time posting to reddit.

EKstandards26 karma

Note- roomie's now signed onto my account to help with questions. She's also early 20's but from UK, and been working for the company just as long as me. So if the responses suddenly sound super brit, that's why.

cuntbag031524 karma

Thanks for the AMA. Have you flown on the A380? If you have then how do you feel something of that magnitude in the air? With the amount of passengers one carries is the advent of getting into the mile high club more likely? Have you stopped anybody during or before the deed?

EKstandards55 karma

We're all assigned to different aircrafts. I fly the a380 and the boeing 777. I've kind of gotten used to and probably don't appreciate it as much as I could. Though sometimes when we pull away from it on the crew bus I look up at it and just think, Shit, how does that fucking FLY? haha.

Passengers could easily fuck in the bathroom. To be honest, that's the last thing we're worried about. Sex away. As long as you don't get hurt/drunk/disturb other passengers, then really whatever.

cuntbag03159 karma

Loved the 777 first class since I was a kid. Don't think I'll ever get the chance to fly in a 380 but at least I've flown in a C-5. Wow need to move to UAE as a /r/askreddit thread a while ago showed many of the american airliners flight attendants tend to stop you from having fun. Do you aircraft have those duty-free stations/bars that Airbus advertised or did Emirates not go with it and just maximized seating?

EKstandards25 karma

No we have the bar. I think it's hilarious. It's for business class/first class customers and does look like a proper. Now in economy we're meant to make a "social area" out of the galley, too. We pull out these little tables and put out fruit and drinks. No one ever uses it though. =(

cuntbag03158 karma

Does it look like this? What's the biggest mistake you've done while working? or Worst thing you've done/seen since the A380/B777s are for intercontinental flights so your bound to see someone do something?

EKstandards26 karma

lol yes!!! I love the fish eye to make it look better!! so funny!!

Biggest mistake while working?.. spilling an entire meal on a really cranky passenger. it was one of my first flights. i remember so well becuase i was going to bombay and the guy was giving me a really hard time already and made me really nervous. I had to deliver a special meal to him (asian veggie, or something) and i tripped and it went ALL OVER him. I was so embarressed at the time, but now It makes me laugh. (he kinda deserved it)

Worst thing I've seen someone do? Moscow flight, a passenger kept grabbing the girls and trying to get them to sit in his lap. He was also grabbing their faces to make them kiss him.

cuntbag03153 karma

Wow...any intervention?

EKstandards10 karma

We have a formal warning we're required to state in these situations. If they don't listen, we take courses on self-defense and how to restrain people.

hazlos17 karma

I've flown a lot in my career and IMO, Emirates has been the best airline I have ever flown on when it comes to all aspects of travel. No real questions here, just a HUGE thank you for making mine and everyone else's travel much less painful.


EKstandards7 karma

Thanks for being a nice passenger.

vishal210011 karma

Hi this is right up my street

im 16 years old at the moment and want to become an air host for the travelling experiecnes - what could i do right now to make myself a better applicant for the job

how would one pursue this type of job and is it worth all the traiing for the sights you see

how much do you get paid

how many days of per week

and im guessing this is transatlantic?


EKstandards17 karma

Can i ask what country you're in? If it's US, its REALLY tough right now to get a job with a US carrier. I'd say get a job doing groundstaff first and try to make good relationships/connections with your bosses and bosses bosses.

vishal21004 karma

im an indian 16 year old male living in the uk

EKstandards17 karma

UK things are a bit different. Could ask my roommate when she's back. In any case, just try to break into the industry in any way you can at first- get your foot in the door, and don't give up!!! I went on about a million interviews before I got accepted here.

EKstandards20 karma

My roommate says you're very young, finish school. I don't know how the school system works in your crazy country, but I agree!

miloais9 karma

Are there at all any female Emirati flight attendants? Which country do most EA flight attendants come from?

EKstandards17 karma

I have not met one single Emirati flight attendant. I've only met one Emirati who's worked for the company, and he was a guy. you dont really meet a lot of emiratis in the country at all as the whole city is ex-pats.

as far as where we mostly come from, thats kind of a difficult question to answer. The company's biggest thing is trying to be "cosmopolitian", so they recruit from EVERYWHERE. I'd say the two biggest nationalities (from what I've seen) is Egypt and UK. But like I said, we come from EVERYWHERE.

miloais6 karma

Seeing how you and your co workers come from all over the globe, is there a lot of camaraderie between flight attendants? Are there cliques? I've heard flight attendants can be a promiscuous bunch. Whats the hooking up situation like?

EKstandards19 karma

We do kinda all tend to hang out with eachother, I think especially becuase they give us accomadation. Where I live is wayyy out in the desert (we have a crazy sandstorm going on right now actually) and so we only get to really interact and socialize with eachother.

as for promiscuity, um. depends who you are. wher eI live is known, apparently, for orgies and "sex parties"... but i've never been to one myself. I know the guys get laid a fair amount becuase as far as crew grow, its usually 1 man in about 20 ladies. I'm engaged to a cutie back in New york, though, so thus far I've resisted. ;)

karmacy9 karma

I fly Emirates all the time if I can help it. I even have your meal service times memorized as well as when you take up headphones and blankets and plan my movies around it. I think I've tried every dish on the menu too. Emirates is definitely the best way to travel internationally. And you girls are all so attractive jeez. I wonder how that interview goes. "looks like you are attractive, you're hired!" lol.

My question is, how many alcoholic drinks per person are allowed on a trip, 6?

Also, what can we do to make your job easier, tell me the worst part about each flight and the worst things people can do, so I can make sure not to be that person. Tell me the small things we can do to make your day better.

EKstandards24 karma

Ohhh it's nice to hear that you like it/ =) Customers who are nice/happy in general are just already the best. When/where are you flying next??? Maybe someone I know is your FA!

There's no limit to alcohol technically. We're just meant to keep an eye os passengers and make sure they don't get too wasted. We've learned restraint techniques to drunk/crazy pax. ;) But as long as you don't plan on being a jerk, go ahead and drink up! personally I encourage alcohol because it chills people out.

annoying things.. I'm asking my friends now for some input.

OMG!!! My friend just said one thats so true. Be neat with your meal trays, and dontstack up all the things in a big pile fro when we clear it, we know you think youre helping, but it makes it longer/ more annoying to clean.

If you want something to drink or eat, just come into the galley, instead of hitting the call bell. It's not only easier for us, we also like it when peole chill with us. Really. Especially on longer flights. Come on in, grab some wine, and chat and eat! It's so lovely when passengers treat us like we're people and ask us questions about our jobs and lives. We'll do the same. Promise.

DubaiCM18 karma

If you want something to drink or eat, just come into the galley, instead of hitting the call bell.

I fly with Emirates all the time and I didn't even know that was allowed, let alone encouraged! TIL.

EKstandards18 karma

So encouraged!!!! Please come say hi!

Jackyyy8 karma

I didnt take your airline, but I just wanted to share this.

I recently flew with my 1.5 year old for the first time on a 14 hour flight from Tokyo. Since he didn't really want to sleep, I spent the better part of the flight walking around the plane back and forth. Probably the biggest factor in keeping me sane was the attendants in the galley chatting me up. So for any others out there, including yourself, thank you for doing this as it greatly helps pass my time as well as yours. :)

EKstandards5 karma

ahh thanks!! cuties with babies like yours are def favs!!

VirtuousVice2 karma

I can't find myself to believe you are telling the truth right now.

As a service industry guy, I know the details of our jobs are significantly different, but I didnt realize our preferences on guests would be so different.

EKstandards7 karma

Maybe I'm a weirdo. I get bored on flights and I genuinly like helping mommas with babies. You can always tell how happy it makes them.

mirrorball118 karma

So you're an American, how did you apply? Since you said there is only a few hundred Americans, is it because they tend not to hire them? I am an American female, 23 and very interested in Emirates. Can you speak other languages? I've been living abroad (Russia and The Netherlands) for two years and hope that gives me a Cosmopolitan edge. How long was the process from application to hire? What are the accommodations they give you like?

EKstandards14 karma

I went to an open day. There were about 160 people there, and we had a 3 day long interview, after each of which they would send some of us home, ask some of us to come back. I can't speak any other languages, but it does help! The process can be quite long. I had my open day in mayb, got a call mid-june saying i got the job, but then didn't come over here until october.

I like the accomadtions becuase compared to anything I had in NYC its really big and luxurious. Some people complain about my particular accomadation thought becuase we're outside dubai and kinda just in the middle of the desert. Its free housing, though. Its all about perspective, I guess.

mirrorball111 karma

How often do they have these open days, and in what cities?

EKstandards2 karma

google emirates open days- theyre fairly often, and in cities all over the world. Not many in the US though, if thats where you're coming from. I was lucky.

thesleepypeacock8 karma

Oooh Emirates. I like Emirates. You guys give us cool bags and stuff. Way better than Qatar. We were flying on Qatar and the flight attendant forgot to clean out my bro's puke bag, and it was filled with puke, which spilled all over him and his bag on the flight.

EKstandards15 karma


GreatScout8 karma

I'll be on Emirates 215 DXB/LAX tomorrow morning! Monday 4 Feb. Been in Dubai for ArabHealth show and a few meetings here and in Kuwait. I think I'll be in 35D. Hope to see you!

EKstandards11 karma

hhaha I fly to AMM, jordan tommorow. My roommate just came back from the kuwait flight. I wish I knew someone who was flying with you, I'd tell them to treat ya extra nice!

GreatScout6 karma

Thanks! But no worries, always treated nice on the EK flights. It would be the first time I'd met a fellow redditor besides my niece though! Enjoy Amman, get to Petra if you have a day free, it's pretty cool.

By the way, I've been in aeromedicine for many years, and though there is some discussion of the effects of increased cosmic radiation over many years, the jury is still out on what that might mean. No restrictions on testifying that I know of. Enjoy.

Edit: iPhone autospell

EKstandards3 karma

Thanks. Slightly comforting. But lets be real. I'm not going to stop being a FA anyway, cosmic radiation or no.

keep_the_karma7 karma

Middle Eastern airlines are notorious for treating travelers from South Asia shabbily, is that true of Emirates as well? Putting it bluntly, is brown treated differently from white?

EKstandards6 karma

Nah, we're from everywhere. Unless one person is singularily rascist, I dont think there's a particular group we don't like.

mannequinsmile7 karma

I've always thought that being a flight attendant must be super boring, because flights are often super boring. Do the longer flights go pretty quick or do they drag on? What prep do you have to do before/after a flight? How long is your total shift? Thanks for doing an AMA :)

EKstandards17 karma

No way. Crazy shit happens almost inevitably every flight! Like when I was coming back from Kuala Lumpor, this woman with Diabeties who spoke no English forgot her medicine in the hold. We had to open our emergency medical kit and give her insulin ourselves.

To prep before the flight, you need to study. We have kinda intense safety briefings before every flight, and if you answer questions incorrectly, you could be offloaded. Also, you need to look PERFECT before the flight. They do random grooming inspections. I've gotten writting up before for having incorrect hair color, for having a rip in my stockings, ect.

My totaly shift depends on the flight time. We need to arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure. We leave the aircrazt probably just a half hour after pax have disembarked. Takes me some time to get home though because I live in the middle of the desert, unfortunatly.

t_maia6 karma

How much time do you spend in Dubai? With your line of work you probably are away alot of the time. How often do you get to stay overnight in other cities? Any particular places you like travelling to?

How do you like Dubai? I think it must be quite a change compared to the US. Did you know what to expect? What were the pleasant and unpleasant surprises?

Sorry for asking so much, but I am really interested in life in Dubai. Wish I could move there myself. :)

EKstandards22 karma

I spend actually a lot of time in Dubai. Flight attendants have so much time off!!! because of legalities with rest time and stuff, I have more time off that I have ever had with any other job. For instance, this week I happen to have 3 days off, one turn around flight from which I'll be back home by 4 in the evening, and then about 2 more days off. Basically a vacation.

We get to stay over night a lot. for instance, this month I will be staying in Malaysia, I just got back from Manchester, I'll be staying 3 days in Toronto, and I have one New York Layover. Oh, and I london. Actually, my roster is kinda boring this month. Usually we have more exciting stuff. Last month I was gone for 6 days doing a Sydney-Auckland flight. I got to spend 2 days in sydney and one in NZ.

How do I like dubai.... ohhhhh boy. Ok. this is going to be lond. Dubai is fine. It just... doesnt have a culture. If you come here, you're going to feel kind of empty. I think that was the biggest unpleasant suprise for me. If you read online, there is this impression of a muslim/arabic culture. Which I guess there is. Sort of. If you count the fact that they have a call to prayer in the mall here. Beyond that, the culture isn't much more then pretty women and money.

Also, they make the city seem much bigger in photos and on tourist sites. Guys- dubai is SMALL. I run into people all the time when I'm out because Expats all go to the same place. There's no proper pubs, either, for the most part. Just clubs and places to go out and eat. Most of the city is under (stopped) construction. When you drive around, you see one or two clumps of finished (and admittedly, gorgeous) skyscrapers, followed by a bigger clump of half-finished construction.

DubaiCM14 karma

Dubai is fine. It just... doesn't have a culture.

Dubai does have culture, you just need to know where to look! Here are some of my suggestions:

There are even more suggestions in the FAQ at /r/dubai. I agree that Dubai is less cultural than, say, London or Paris but there is stuff out there.

EKstandards17 karma

Thanks man, I'll take a look. but I still stand by the fact that most of the other places are a lot richer in life and culture.

miloais5 karma

What do you usually do when you stay overnight in a country? I can't imagine there's a lot of time for sightseeing.

EKstandards7 karma

You make time. 24 hours is a lot of time if youre willing to be a little tired. But sleep is for the dead, right? So people do lots of things. One of my friends on a layover in south africa just did a "walk with the lions". he got to feed/pet/chill with them. I was so jealous! usually we get to the hotel, grab our allowance, change, and go out.

miloais7 karma

Cool. What has been your best experience during an overnight?

EKstandards15 karma

OK. I guess I could come up with some of the stuff I've seen and mroe exotic places I've been. BUT. As dumb as this sounds, one of the coolest experiences this job has afforded me was to meet a friend- someone i met when I was just 15 (ten years ago now!) online. I never, ever thought when I was some dumb 15 year old I would meet this person in real life. I was just young and the internet was still kinda new and shiny to me (I think i MAY have still had dial up through my library) and this guy form the UK seems exotic and far away. Last week, i landed in his city, shook his hand, and had a beer with him.

miloais5 karma

Awesome! I always wondered what happened to my internet penpals back during the dial up days. I'm sure most of them have turned out to be a bunch of freaks!

Favorite city? Favorite flight route?

EKstandards16 karma

My favorite city in the world is one emirates doesnt fly to. Most wont agree with me, but I think Budapest, Hungary, is the most beautiful city in the world. mostly becuase of these baths: http://metropartyprague.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Budapest1.jpg

the picture does not do it justice. I went when it was winter. it started snowing and it go to steamy you couldnt see in front of you. just thinking about it now still makes we want to cry. I think it was literally the most beautiful thing I've ever seen/felt, the hot water on my skin and the snowflakes melting on my skin.

t_maia3 karma

Well, I suppose living in Dubai is completely different for an expat than it is for woman from the region, be it the UAE or Saudi.

I've always been really interested in the life of the women in this part of the world. If you find the time, pick up "Girls of Riyadh" by Rajaa Alsanea. It allows an interesting glimpse into this mindset. There is also another autobiographical book about a Moroccan flight attendant working for Emirates and Saudi which I really liked, just cannot remember the title at the moment.

DubaiCM9 karma

Girls of Riyadh is a great book but, despite being neighbours, the way women are treated in Saudi and UAE is utterly different.

EKstandards7 karma

So true. We know lots of FA's for other airlines who are either based in Saudi/ have layovers there. Oh my god. I'm glad to be in dubai. Being a woman here, at least for an expat, is the same as US.

EDIT: By here I mean Dubai. Other parts of the UAE are MUCH more conservative.

BurntJoint1 karma

Last month I was gone for 6 days doing a Sydney-Auckland flight. I got to spend 2 days in sydney and one in NZ.

I work at the Sydney Sofitel Wentworth, which is where most of the EK crew stay on stop overs, I might have even brought you some food.

How do the different hotels compare around the world? Are there any places in particular that you like staying at?

EKstandards2 karma

oh, oh, I like sofitel a lot!!! I liked staying there tons. I could harass the conceirge (is that what you call the people at the front desk?) tons without them making me feel like i was harassing them.

Iron-Charioteer6 karma

There have, in the past, been accusations leveled at Dubai for preserving a legal slave culture, where racism means that a different shade of skin-colour could see you in a subservient, entrapped role for your entire life. In your experience, if any, what is life like for the poor, low-caste resident of Dubai?

EKstandards4 karma

I'm friends with a cab driver here. He's from pakistan. He lives in a 2 bedroom apartment with like 4 other guys. He's also the cheeriest person I know, though. And when you go outside of Dubai you do see accomadations for people like cleaners or people who work for catering. Those places can be really disheartening.

Twistentoo6 karma

I've flown emirates a number of times (US to India), and I like the airline but hate DXB. What's the best thing to do there while waiting for a connection? And, more importantly, where's the best place to eat?

For people who haven't been. It's a modern, clean airport... but the food is sub-par even by airport standards. Oddly, there's also no middle eastern food that I could find. Maybe they think people would prefer to eat at terrible french "cafes".

Thanks in advance!

EKstandards7 karma

hahahah well do you have time to leave the airport? Ironically, we never go into the airport. We take a bus from emirates HQ to the plane ;)

Justbeatit105 karma

How much do you make? If you don't mind me asking.

EKstandards13 karma

4000 dhs a month base salary, 55 dhs an hour, and allowance when we have layovers. free accomadation, and no taxes

TemporaryBoyfriend5 karma

Less a question about being a flight attendant, and more about Dubai in general:

How hard was it to immigrate to Dubai for work? What have been the biggest changes or culture shocks? Name one thing that met your expectations, and one thing that totally blew them out of the water.

Since you're working for a foreign organization, has it made a mess of your taxes?


EKstandards9 karma

No taxes here!! And.. I'm kinda cheating bc My dad's filing for my tax return from what I ahd left over in the US.

It was so easy through this company. If anything, weirdly easy. They gave us no information before we moved here. All we had to do was prove we dont have HIV or AIDS. But beyond that they took care of everything once we were here.

flifcat4 karma

I recently flew Emirates for the first time (MAN-SYD via Dubai return) and was intrigued by the roll-call at the beginning of the languages the crew spoke. All flights featured about 8 languages (including, of course, English and Arabic). In your experience, is Emirates more diverse than most airlines?

(As a linguist, I was fascinated by Serbian and Bosnian being classed as two different languages. It's a classic example of cultural differences making people self-identify as speaking different languages rather than different dialects.)

EKstandards9 karma

Yes, of coarse- their whole aim is to BE diverse. We usually have 8 languages are so spoken on board. ALWAYS at least three- english, arabic, and the native tounge of wherever we're flying.

supremechalupa4 karma

Llama flight attendant?

EKstandards10 karma

Camel flight attendant, bitch!

Saf234 karma

Have you met any celebrities or important persons on any of your flights?

EKstandards16 karma

Well personally, right now I'm only working in Economy. So I don't really get to see any famous celebrities. My roommate got a few pictures with Ronald Inho, though, and apparently the Sheikh flies with us really often on our a380 first class.

weezyq820 karma


EKstandards41 karma


dlman4 karma

Aren't there a metric F-ton of sheikhs?

EKstandards9 karma

I guess, but when you say The Sheikh, you're talking about our big guy or his baby Mo'.

Z33kLT4 karma

Are you a man or a woman? You haven't made it clear.

EKstandards15 karma

Sorry hahaha. yeah I'm a lady!!! 24 years old. They don't hire very many men, and only hire women who are attractive (generally). (god knows how i got hired, ha)

karltgreen7 karma

Do you have any tips for being hired?

My Dad's wife applied and they wanted to bring her in for a kind of training day to see how she was but we already had a holiday booked so she couldn't make it. She will be reapplying this year however

EKstandards8 karma

Be cosmopolitian. they want people more then anything who love people from other cultures.

nsjc3 karma

Flew Emirates SYD-AKL in Y once and due to the ash cloud all the London connecting passengers misconnected, so the flight was empty. As a plane nerd, I was talking with a FA asking a bunch of questions. She tells me "when we land, stay in your seat." I was confused but did it and turns out she was the purser or lead FA and brought me on a personal tour of F and C and gave me a goodie bag. "Take your time, the plane is not going anywhere," was here phrase. Was just me, her and NZ Immigration on the plane. I was in amazement. I wrote EK a letter to compliment her, does anything happen? And thank her again for an amazing experience!

EKstandards6 karma

Yes, it goes in a file for us. You probably helped her out a lot.

freehugs1653 karma

Are you allowed to have pets where you live in Dubai? Would you recommend against it because you are gone so often? I would absolutely LOVE this job but I have a dog

EKstandards7 karma

I had to give up my dog to come here. one of the hardest things I've ever done. There's no WAY you could have a dog here and be able to give it the proper care is deserves. Some people here have cats. They have roommates usually who help take care of them. Personally I still don't think they're getting the attention/ care they deserve.

lolz_umad3 karma

I have a couple college buddies that are 19 and 20, (im 22). We're planning on traveling to europe this summer, probably prague to stay with my brother. We live in the US, what is the general Emirates or airline policy to serving alcohol on international flights?

EKstandards4 karma

18 or older- bring an ID with you. We will ask! Drink up!!

Mortelli3 karma

Ever been in an emergency situation? Also, how does all the travelling affect your social life?(family and friends in America)

EKstandards10 karma

Had one drunk guy on hong kong who told us he was going to get arrested. After we landed, he called the cops who came on board and investigated all of US! The guy refused to leave the aircraft and bascially held it hostage for near three hours. Thought just becuase he had a hong kong passport and was landing home could do whatever he wanted. They ended up arresting him, allsaid and done, thank god.

soylent_absinthe3 karma

I got to fly Emirates airlines a couple of months ago, and it was incredible. I routinely fly United business and first trans-continential, but for various reasons mainly related to Lufthansa being annoying, I could not take a Star Alliance codeshare out of Europe to Dubai, so I took Emirates.

It was incredible - and I was in economy. I actually enjoyed the food on the aircraft more than I enjoyed some of my meals in Dubai. The service I received in economy was superior to what I receive as a full-fare unrestricted business class flyer. You guys are doing it right. I felt like my business was extremely valued by your airline, and I only spent a couple thousand with you. I spent 60K last year with United, and I still get cranky, bitchy FAs in international Business - one actually chewed me out in front of other passengers when I received the wrong meal and ate it anyway (because I honestly don't care, and didn't want to make more work for the FAs) instead of sending it back.

So, what's with the somewhat goofy-looking outfits that the female FAs wear during takeoff/landing? Nobody wear stuff like that in the UAE, and it doesn't seem to have historical significance that I'm aware of.

EKstandards3 karma

I think we wonder ourselves about the uniform. Apparently it's by some shnazzy designer and the Shiekh is really fond of it. Since it's his airline, I guess it's up to him.

i_dont_need_no_sms2 karma

Not specifically a EA question but general question about flying so much - do you often experience turbulence? Are you every worried that anything may happen to the plane? Any plane related emergencies other than unruly guests?

EKstandards4 karma

The other day we had severe turbulence for one whole hour, but I was more bored than worried! When there is mild to moderate turbulence we usually just carry on, making sure all passengers are seated with seatbelts, but for more severe bumps we have to be seated and belted ourselves, sometimes we have have to grab the nearest seat and if the flight is full we have to sit on a passenger! I never really get afraid of anything bad happening, just during take off and landing all the emergency routines run through my head, just in case. I guess because we are trained that way.

Sarcolemming2 karma

Just wanted to say you guys have ruined me for every other airline. Your customer service in unparalleled.

EKstandards1 karma

thanks, ill try to keep it up ha

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Yeah we get amazing discounts. I have a card that I use around dubai that gets me up to half off at many bars/ restuarants. We get discounts at plenty of hotels and retuarants outside of dubai, too.

as for compensation, everytime we get to our hotels we're given an "allowance" for that layoever in the currency of the country.

tousie2 karma

What are the people of dubai like? Everyone has tons of money so i guess sometimes that comes with big egos. I would just like to know,might be a insane assumption!

EKstandards5 karma

There's good and bad people like anywhere else. Go out though and you'll mostly see rich men flashing there money around, and girls in short dresses and high heels trying to impress them. I know you see this everywhere, but more then anywhere I've been I notice it here. I know lots of girls who try to meet guys on a night out so they can get them to take them shopping at the malls here.

sfayaz2 karma

read this as llama fight attendant.. so if 'someone' peed on their seat after landing will the seat be washed before the next takeoff?

EKstandards2 karma

Happened to my roommate. As she was collected headphones in business class, she noticed it was totoally wet. Says all they do is take the seat cover off and put a new one one. TIL.

omg_shoeses2 karma

What kind of footwear do you wear? And is it provided by the airline?

EKstandards12 karma

The company provides our footwear, we have red heels for boarding and walking through the airport to look all glam, and then red flats for the rest of the time on board.

tekz1 karma

How about some proof you're actually a flight attendant for Emirates?

EKstandards1 karma

WIll do somethng tommorow, for now i need sleep as I have a flight to AMM in the AM ;)

avisetia1 karma

I like flying in emirates. Flew to London last year. I just love the lime juice you serve as a starter :p

EKstandards1 karma

To londed? Thats weird. Usually we only serve those on India routes that I know of?

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A friend of my sister just started a few months ago too. Do all new people train together? Her name is Cat and she's from the UK.

EKstandards1 karma

Do you know her batch or staff number? message me if you do.

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EKstandards1 karma

What are you doing now? It's never too late =)

Harroputza1 karma

I have flown Auckland to Madrid return twice in the last year. The first time I chose Emirates because it was cheap; the second time I flew Emirates because the first time was so good. Every single one of you was absolutely lovely to me, and you're always immaculately presented, so you can take their thanks from me.

Anyway, I'm about to do the trip again (long story that involves draining my bank account considerably). I figure it's probably worth signing up for your airpoints scheme. Are those two previous flights lost or can I still get them claimed?

Secondly, I feel awkward sometimes asking you guys for things because I feel like I'm treating you like a serf. If you look busy, is it better to wait until I see a not-busy person or ask you and say that there's no hurry?

EKstandards3 karma

Just hit the call bell, that way we can come to you when one of us has a second. That, or some to the galley and ask us in person. When you just flag us down as we're walking past, it can get annoying. But don't worry too much about it. It's what we get paid for, after all.

Jeep_Brah1 karma

Guy or girl ? Why do FA's all like to go to Zinc nightclub ?

EKstandards3 karma

Girl :) I don't like to go to zinc haha, there are much better clubs in Dubai so I don't know why it's so popular with crew. Me and my friends prefer Barasti, Rock Bottom, Crystal etc

soaple1 karma

Is smoking on planes permited?

EKstandards3 karma

Nope. Not at all. I had someone smoking in the toilets on a recent flight and we were not amused! Luckily the smoke alarms didn't go off as we caught them in time, but if they did it we are training to react very quickly to fire situations.

curiocabinet1 karma

What's the story with the hat you guys wear?

EKstandards6 karma

its uncomfortable. end of story.

assumption1 karma

Tell us more about the sex life/dating. I have seen couple of Emirates flight attendants who hand in their numbers to guys.

EKstandards1 karma

Really? we aren't techically allowed to do that. Probably lots of people slag around. This job can get pretty lonely.

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Do you know if it really costs money to drive up to the front gates and see the Burj Al Arab?

EKstandards2 karma

That's what I've heard. Every time someone drive in there's this giant puff of fire from the road on both sides. It's hilarious to watch.

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Plan on travelling with Emirates soon out of South Africa. ANy tips for getting an upgrade?

EKstandards1 karma

Get a skywards card.

EDIT: and be nice to the groundstaff.

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Ever hook up with passengers or pilots or other crew?

EKstandards1 karma

I havent been with other crew, but my roommate is dating other crew, and we kinda tend to date eachother a lot, from what I've seen.

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Is there rivalry between you guys, Etihad and Qatar airways? I have to say, Etihad is quite nice, though I admit I haven't flown Emirates in at least 6 years. My girlfriend flew Qatar and said the plane felt a lot newer than Emirates. I guess that's the disadvantage of being first mover in the region. Still shitloads nicer than American carriers.

It's hilarious that there is a Dubai to Abu Dhabi route which takes longer than simply driving.

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Yeah, fuck American carriers. Personally I've never had a good experience on Delta or Jetblue. We don't have a rivalry that I know of. I mean, people from Eithad came and sat in on some our our safety training, so I assume Emirates and Etihad have some kind of an agreement?

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Which cabin do you work in? I fly Business Class a couple of times a year from Manchester to Dubai. When it is boarding time and I'm in my seat having a drink it seems Emirates now don't care about J class passengers and board the rest of the plane through business class cabin instead of using the economy doors. Why is this?

EKstandards1 karma

I work in Econmony, I'm still a baby as far as emirates is concerned. I dont know the boarding procedures, but when I was groundstaff for AF we'd do this sometimes, too. I know it would make business class pax really mad and we'd try to board first class very last.

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Do you have to smile all the time?

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Oh my god, yes. We get "flight reviews" after the flights sometimes that our Cabin Crew managers see and later could effect our getting promotions/ moving around the company to where we want to move. I got a really bad flight review the other day on my flight to munich. I was having a really bad day and just couldn't keep the smile pasted on my face that day. My SFS kept stopping me in the galley and asking me, sarcastically, "Is something wrong, Sabrina? Do you want to talk about it?" When the flight was over he sat me down and told me I was mostly getting 1's (the lowest flight review score) because I didn't smile enough, my nails were chipped, and i had a rip in my stocking. It was my worst reviewed flight yet =(

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When I moved to the UAE from the US, the company I work for flew me and my family business class with Emirates. My daughter was just over a year old with her own business class seat. I overheard a flight attendant referring to me as "the high roller", and I then proceeded to explain that I did not pay for the tickets.

I flew with Air Chance/KLM for a long time, and Emirates is much nicer across the board.

I have a friend who works for Etihad and complains that there is Racism in the promotions. She says that white women are much more likely to get promoted to business class. Is the same true for Emirates?

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I highly doubt it, though to be fair, we dont have very many black people working for us. Plenty of people thoguh from egypt/bangledesh/india/ ect.

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Have you ever done the flight from Rio De Janeiro to Dubai or Dubai to Seoul? If so i might of had you and you guys are pretty awesome. It's a long ass flight though how do you guys approach flights like that? Do you consider it work and just sleep up before hand or do you grab a bit of shut eye on the way?

EKstandards1 karma

I havent had either of those flights. I can't wait to get them. I have had australia, though, and I fly to toronto at the end of the month. I dont know how other people approach it, but I try not to do a lot the day/ night before. Sleep if I can, but usually I can't. We have legal rest on long flights in the Crew Rest Compartment. On the way back from Sydney (15 hours) we had 3.5 hours rest. I don't know that it's possible to sleep much, though.

Unwanted_Commentary1 karma

What are some of the coolest amenities Emirates offers?

EKstandards1 karma

You can pretty much ask for anything. We have an "amenities kit" in the galley. we have EVERYTHING. cards toys baby foruma chocolate toothbrushes...... if you get bored/ need anything, let us know.

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Do you see a lot of Jews or Israelis in your line of work? How would Jews be treated?

EKstandards1 karma

No, none that have ever said to me, "im jewish", I cant imagine they'd be treated well. We have lots of egyptians who work for us for example- many are good friends of mine. The only thing that bother me about themis their blatent hatred of Jews. I told my friend once my grandfather was tachnically jewish and he looked utterly horrified and told me, "please tell me thats not true".

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Hi, do you happen to know a guy name Arsalan? he's a friend of mine working the same job.

EKstandards3 karma

there's 16,000 of us!!!! hahahaha I dont think i know him, no.

just_a_panda_dawg-1 karma

Any snakes?

EKstandards1 karma

did you see the story with the snake on the plane at quantas?

DoctorHeadshot-10 karma

I was fisted once

EKstandards17 karma

good for you buddy