Good-bye to an Era
Just a quick post - returned today from Florida. My last free flight....my flight benefits have ended...I'm no longer an airline employee.
It makes me sad just to write it...people use to say to me, "oh Virginia Gal, you love to work for the airlines just because of the free flight benefits," and while I can't say having free flights is not attractive now I know it was more than that.
There is an expression in the industry for those of us who, despite its horrible ups and downs, complete lack of loyalty to employees and job security, adore being able to say, "yes I work for an airline" - people say we have jet fuel in our blood. I think they are right. I get a thrill just as I approach the airport, that smell of jet fuel so strong, walking down the jetway to the plane, I am just happy. The adrenline rush as the plane speeds up and takes off, the amazing miracle of flight. The whole ballet involved with commercial air travel fascinates me.
Over the summer I was at Dulles Airport (in DC) late one night - near midnight - it was just me and the employees and I had this overwhelming sense of calm wash over me. That is where I want to be.
This probably makes no sense, but I'm a little sad today, knowing, for now anyway, I'm no longer part of that world.