LIFE

What Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying

Hey beautiful babes! As you know (or may not know) I work as a Flight Attendant for a major airline in Dallas. I was training the Flight Attendant’s for a little over a year and I LOVED it. Now that I’m back to work flying full time though, I wanted to share a few tips, tricks, do’s, and dont’s when traveling in the friendly skies. I think even if you don’t fly often, it’s important to be properly educated and prepared so we all can have a great flying experience! Let’s find out what Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying.

 

Here we go!

1. DO purchase snacks inside of security if you know it’s going to be a long flight. Some airlines have great food choices, others unfortunately don’t, so come prepared! Almonds, bananas, oranges, Chex mix, and binto boxes are my go-to choices! Most airports have little snack stores or even full blown restaurants. Grub away!

2. We all have to go, and when you’re on a four hour flight, you more than likely will have to use the lavatory at some point. While the airlines try their best to keep these clean for the paying passengers, they usually don’t deep clean them everyday. GROSS. So, bring some hand sanitizer, sani-wipes, and please for the love of all that is sanitary…WEAR SHOES! Yes. This happens.

3. For the mother’s out there, y’all rock. Traveling with children is probably way harder than it looks, so props to you! I understand you may need to change your baby’s blowout in a jiffy, but please DON’T use the tray tables. Even if you have a changing pad, people eat off of these things. There are changing tables on most if not all aircraft. DO ask a Flight Attendant to direct you toward one, bring those handy sani-wipes, and go to work, mama.

PRO TIP: Ask the Flight Attendant for a garbage bag to dispose of the diaper in. The lavatory trash cans don’t get changed as often as you think and we would totally appreciate it if you put the poopy diaper somewhere where we can’t all smell it. For everyone else, maybe bring some Lysol wipes for those trays. 😉

4. I’m always SO cold when I fly as a passenger. So I try to wear some comfy workout clothes, sneakers, and I bring a small blanket.

PRO TIP: Sit towards the back of the aircraft and middle if you like being a bit more chilly. It’s Antarctic up in there. Everyone else, go towards the front, it’s a bit warmer!

5. DO get to the airport about 2 hours before your flight DEPARTS. This will give you plenty of time to check bags if you need, get through security, get something to eat, and board without rushing through. If you’re late due to traffic or poor planning, please DON’T take it out on the workers trying to help you.

6. If you choose to sit in the very front row without a seat in front of you, your bags will have to go up in the overhead bins. DO plan for that if you’re itching for the leg room or to zoom off the plane! We totally get it, but just please cooperate with the rules of the bulkhead. DON’T get upset when the Flight Attendant’s ask you to put it up. I promise you, we are NOT singling you out nor are we trying to pick on you. Flight Attendants want you to know and understand that it’s just a Federal Aviation Regulation and we are just doing our jobs. 😘

7. DO press your call light button if you need anything during the flight (after we have taken off and it’s safe for us to get up.) DON’T press your call light button while on an active taxi way just to get a Coke. PLEASE.

8. DO press your call light button at any time during the flight if you experience a medical emergency. We are highly trained and will be there to help you immediately.

9. DO make sure to have eaten something before you fly and drink plenty of water during the flight. Being 40,000 feet in the air does some funky stuff to our bodies and if you are slightly dehydrated or malnourished when you take off, you’ll be at risk of possibly passing out or worse during the flight…which flight attendants want you to know…we don’t want.

10. DON’T under any circumstances tug on our clothes or poke us just to get a refill or for us to take your trash. We don’t touch you, please don’t touch us. It’s not a petting zoo. UNLESS it’s an emergency of course. We are there to help!

11. DO use headphones if you choose to watch or listen to any media on your phones or iPads. This is just to be courteous to the passengers around you who may not want to listen to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Baby Shark over and over. 🙂

12. DON’T down four Jack and Coke’s in the airport and try to stumble your way onto the plane. If we suspect someone may appear to be intoxicated, we can refuse boarding due to foreseeable issues at 40,000 feet. If you choose to order some drinks on the flight, DO understand that we are not just a free for all flying bar. There are rules. We will limit alcohol intake and can “cut you off” if we feel it is unsafe to continue serving you. Think about it, no one wants to be stuck in a metal tube, zooming through the sky with someone who may be unstable for a long period of time. Don’t get us wrong though, we want you to enjoy yourself and have a great time, just please be aware of this.

13. DON’T under any circumstances consume your own liquor on the plane. Once again, we have rules and we can only allow you to consume alcohol we provide you from the time you board until the time you deplane. You are absolutely allowed to bring mini bottles of alcohol onto the plane with you if they are under the 3.4 oz liquid limit. However, please don’t drink it on the plane. People get those confused.

14. DO understand that when the forward lavatory is occupied, we can’t have ANYONE standing or waiting by it. This is due to heightened security measures and I promise, we are NOT just trying to pick on you. Once again, we are here primarily for your safety. It applies to everyone.

15. DO enjoy yourselves! I work for a great airline that encourages fun and love around every corner and we want YOU to experience the best flight of your life. Share with the flight attendants where you’re traveling to and why. Let us know what we can do to help you on the flight. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or life event or mourning someone you lost. We are here to help make your experience more enjoyable and an unforgettable one. Although we are primarily there for your safety, flight attendants want you to know that YOU matter and we really do care! 

LIFE

Overview of North Shore Oahu, Hawai’i Trip

If you’ve ever been to the Hawaiian islands, you know how breathtaking the ocean and mountain views are, how AMAZING and fresh the seafood is, and how gorgeous the beaches are! Michael and I recently took a trip to the North Shore of Oahu and had the most incredible time together! I wanted to share the best places to grub, the MUST SEES and MUST DOS while you’re there, what beaches to bum at, and much more! Ready? Let’s go!

 

STAY

We chose to rent an Air bnb in Laie, Oahu and we are so glad we did! The host was wonderful and gave us tips on where to go, what to do, and even offered us a few surf boards to use. (UM YES PLEASE!) Not to mention, right down the street from the house was a private beach that had private access. Michael decided to go snorkeling there the last morning of our trip and said it was the best snorkeling he had seen so far! If you want more information on where we stayed, DM me on Instagram (brea.mcewen) or email me at info@powderandpress.com to get the location!

GRUB

The North Shore, Oahu is definitely where people live the simple life. There’s not 5 start restaurants everywhere you turn nor is there even a WalMart or Target close by. And the locals and myself personally LIKE it that way. So, if you’re not scared to eat from food trucks or holes in the walls, this place is for you sister.

PUPUKEA GRILL

Have you ever had a Poke Bowl? I’m sure. But you’ve never had one from Pūpūkea Grill. And if you don’t know what Poke is, it’s raw tuna fish seasoned all sorts of ways. Literally it’s the most delicious piece of heaven in a bowl I’ve ever tasted. I’m craving one right now and might have to convince my hubby to take me there again in a few months. It’s THAT good. Order this with a Lemon or Mint flavored Yerba Mate for a nice refreshing and refueling meal. Located across the street from Pūpūkea Beach Park and Shark’s Cove, you won’t want to miss this gem!

PAPA OLE’S

Who goes to Hawaii without ordering some Banana Pancakes? Like Jack Johnson says, “there ain’t no need to go outside” when it’s raining and you just need some grub! Head over to Papa Ole’s for a super good and super unhealthy breakfast. Located in the middle of a grocery store parking lot, this little hole in the wall doesn’t look like much, but boy does it hit the spot. Order a 2 Stack Banana Pancake meal and a side of spam for a truly authentic Hawaiian experience. 🤙🏼

SEVEN BROTHERS

Alright I’m pretty sure this is a chain that started in Utah but dude it’s sooo good. It’s kind of hidden behind a shave ice place in the middle of a dirt lot filled with a ton of other food trucks, but I’m so happy we found this place! While you eat, I hope you don’t mind cats or chickens, because these cuties are everywhere! Order the Ahi Steak and the Coconut Shrimp for a filling and mouthwatering dinner for two and enjoy the sunset togedda.

GIOVANNI’S SHRIMP

On our last night in Oahu, we decided to meet up with some family at a well known food truck called Giovanni’s. Nestled near like 20 other food trucks, this one stands out with all of the signatures written on the face of the truck and the bold lettering. They have a simple menu, ITS ALL SHRIMP BRAH. And it’s oh so good. I got the lemon butter shrimp which was magnifico. My hubby got the spicy shrimp and I’m pretty sure he is STILL recovering from it. We love spicy foods but BEWARE this stuff is flaming hot. 🔥

PLAY

First things first, there is SO much to do in Hawaii. Surfing, snorkeling, beach hopping, hiking, eating, just straight up adventuring. And A TON more. I want to share with you guys the best beaches we went to and which beaches honestly to AVOID, the best hiking spots, and more!

BONZAI PIPELINE

A local beach located in the heart of North Shore, you’ll find surfers and plenty of waves here. Known for its massive swells that come through in the winter time, Bonzai is a great place to watch the surfers ride the waves, sun bathe on the soft sand, or take a stroll along the water’s edge. Beware of the 10 foot crashing waves though, they can get up to 20 feet in the summer and swimmers aren’t usually found frolicking here…unless you’re like iron man and can hold your breath for 3 minutes.

WAIMEA BAY

This gorgeous sandy beach is one that both locals and tourists alike enjoy. Here, you’ll find bodysurfers, swimmers, beach bums, rock climbers, and thrill seekers. Located on the edge of the beach lies a large rock that only the bravest of heart dare to climb. Lol no I’m kidding it’s not that crazy but so much fun! Climb to the top of this 25 foot boulder and JUMP! Michael and I did it and had a blast! Just be careful of high tide, large swells, or you know people just chillin at the bottom. 🤙🏼

P.S. SORRY! No pictures on this one, we decided to leave our phones in the car and enjoy this one together.

PILLBOX HIKE

There are countless spots to hike on the beautiful North Shore, Oahu, but Pillbox rounds them out to my top 5. Located across from Lanikai, this hike isn’t for just anyone. It was surprisingly steep and muddy at times, so be careful. Michael and I enjoyed the challenge and when we reached the top, we took in a picture perfect panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Try saying that five times fast.

P.S. I wore these adorable leggings on the hike and they were so comfortable and breathable. Also, it has pockets. BONUS!

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER

Visiting this incredible place was definitely a highlight to this trip. Being that Michael served his mission in Samoa, he was so excited to show me all about the Samoan and Polynesian cultures. We purchased the “Ambassador” package and got to tour the six Polynesian islands throughout the center. It was remarkable to see all of the different traditions and practices each island displayed. New Zealand was my favorite!

Throughout our tour, Michael actually ran into three different people from his mission, over nine years ago. It was such a tender mercy and a beautiful reunion. I highly recommend touring the PCC at least once. The proceeds of your purchases go toward supporting the students of BYU Hawai’i. BONUS!

At the end of the night, we were treated to HA Breath of Life show and a scrumptious crab leg and steak dinner. I think we paid about $300 for all of this for two people and it was worth it! Plus your park admissions last for 3 days! So if you don’t get to see everything in one day, you can come back!

Be mindful that they are closed on Sundays!*

The Island of FIJI! ^^

Loving this time together!

The island of Samoa showing us how to properly climb a coconut tree! SO COOL!

 

There you have it loves! We had a blast touring the North Shore, Oahu and we never wanted to leave! All in all, enjoy your time and have a blast but PLEASE respect the island and the culture, respect the beaches and pick up your trash if you have any, and always try to use reef safe sunscreen !

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