What you don’t see on a flight

Monday, 04 December 2017, 08:36:22 PM. RECKON you’ve got what it takes to be a flight attendant?

Behind the scenes with the cabin crew on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to LA. Picture: Virgin Atlantic

RECKON you’ve got what it takes to be a flight attendant?

Virgin Atlantic crew have filmed one of their standard days and it looks exhausting.

The staff were manning a Dreamliner flight from London to Los Angeles from start to finish.

Cameras follow Emma Ashley, 25, and her colleagues from their 8am start at Heathrow in October, The Sun reports.

After arriving at Terminal 3, the whole team are briefed before boarding the plane, a Boeing 787-9 G-VDIA.

The pre-flight briefing. Picture: Virgin Atlantic Source: YouTube

This is where they are told about any safety updates as well as special passengers who might be on the flight.

During the 10-hour and 28-minute flight, the five-person crew in charge of the economy cabin serve 233 customers.

From the moment the wheels leave the ground, the crew face a relentless serving cycle of snacks, drinks, hot meals, coffee and tea, then another meal and hot drinks.

The crew are nearly always on their feet — even when they grab a snack in the galley during a quiet moment.

The crew get meals ready in the galley. Picture: Virgin Atlantic Source: YouTube

But each member of staff does get some down time on such a long shift, by heading up to the cabin crew sleeping quarters for a quick snooze.

Last month, flight attendant and aviation blogger Amanda Pleva stripped the glamour off the job to show wannabe crew members what the job is really like.

In a blog post on Flyertalk, she revealed some of the tougher aspects of the job.

The crew grab a quick opportunity for their own meal. Picture: Virgin Atlantic Source: YouTube

For instance, the job is so demanding that flight attendants get used to oddities like standing up to eat — and even start doing it at home.

“At work, we tend to hide in the corner of the galley and shovel food in our faces out of passenger view and in between services,” she said.

“You will start doing the same at home, facing the kitchen wall eating your dinner in 10 seconds flat.”

Cabin crew member Emma kicks back with a book in the crew’s sleeping quarters. Picture: Virgin Atlantic Source: YouTube

Amanda also described the difficulty of working an overnight flight and trying to stay awake.

“You’ll be pulling all-nighters on the red-eyes, watching people sleep and reading the same issue of People magazine over and over again as your eyelids get heavier and you long for the comfort of your bed,” she revealed.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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