So You Want To Fly Private? THE RULES by Shannon McDermott

So You Want To Fly Private? THE RULES by Shannon McDermott
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Non-Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Ever had a sh***y job with problematic co-workers and even worse customers? If you just said “YES” out loud in the bookstore, and people are now staring at you, this book is most definitely for you! Inspired by the Great Resignation, So You Want To Fly Private? THE RULES, is a collection of true, darkly comedic stories as told by CFAs (Corporate Flight Attendants) in the private aviation industry.

Jenny Jetway, your favorite renegade CFA, walks you through true accounts of what it’s like to work as a CFA in private aviation, an industry that hasn’t progressed much since the 1970s. From Sugar Babies and wild Karens to toxic, misogynist bosses who don’t understand the meaning of consent, So You Want To Fly Private: THE RULES paints a messy picture of a famously secretive industry using the same uncensored rhetoric found in venting sessions with co-workers over happy hour drinks at the bar.

Through a a set of 10 rules, curated in mind for the curious travel enthusiast, So You Want To Fly Private? THE RULES is guaranteed to be a hilarious, thrilling, yet quick read that can be accomplished over the course of a flight or an airport layover.

The hospitality industry isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Anyone who has worked in any sort of customer service position knows how unpredictable people can be. From keeping inebriated people distracted to preventing rowdy preschoolers from coloring on the walls of a private plane, being a corporate flight attendant requires quick response times and plenty of patience. The anecdotes about the many humorous things her clients did when they thought no one was paying attention made it impossible for me to stop reading.

It would have been nice to have more stories about her coworkers. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones that showed how she dealt with situations where the pilot was asking her to do one thing for safety reasons, but her clients wanted to do something that contradicted those orders and may endanger themselves or those around them. I also found myself wondering what her relationships were like with the other corporate flight attendants. A couple of them were mentioned, but this seemed to be something that could have been given more attention in order to give a well-rounded view of what this job is really like. This is a minor criticism of something I otherwise enjoyed quite a bit.

I loved the author’s dry sense of humor. Her job wasn’t always an easy one, but she found the funny side of all sorts of frustrating, silly, and odd situations. I chuckled as she described the basic common courtesies she hoped her clients would extend to her and how often the people she looked after weren’t willing to mind their manners or follow simple safety rules. It can be difficult to work under such conditions, so having the right attitude about the hard days is important. There is definitely something to be said for people who are able to do this as well as she does!

So You Want To Fly Private? THE RULES was an eye-opening read.

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