Here’s an odd story that I cannot quite figure out. It happened on my recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Chicago and involved a flight attendant who apparently decided she no longer wished to work after showing up for work, but then stuck around for a little while.
American Airlines Flight Attendant Changes Her Mind, Decides To Walk Off My Flight
My flight was delayed in boarding. While the gate agent at LAX only announced it was due to a crew staffing issue, I overheard her complaining to her colleague that a flight attendant had checked in, boarded the plane, then decided she did not want to work. A reserve crew member was called and would be arriving shortly (it took closer to 30 minutes).
Finally, we boarded once the reserve flight attendant arrived. Onboard, a smiling flight attendant welcomed me onboard. Don’t begrudge me for saying this was a very beautiful woman who easily could have been a runway fashion model. I sat down in my seat. She continued to welcome people onboard.
But when boarding finished, she gathered her things, said goodbye to two flight attendants, and left.
It was her.
And I was confused.
- Why did she stick around once the reserve flight attendant arrived?
- What happened to make her decide not to work? A pilot who got cheeky? A flight attendant she did not get along with it? Maybe a family emergency?
- Did she get a call to go model or act? (Before you dismiss that, I know far too many people who moved to LA for that very reason to dismiss that theory)
- Are there penalties for cancelling work at the last minute?
Clearly, she wasn’t sick. Nope, she was all smiles.
So I turn to you. What do you think happened?
What makes this situation noteworthy, to me, is that the flight attendant decided to stick around and assist in boarding before departing. Has this happened to any of you? Why would a flight attendant simply decide to stop working but stick around and keep working?
Note: The image above is just a stock image, she did not look exactly like that.