Today’s interview is with one of the coolest commentators I know. Her name is Jessica Kincy, and she’s a polymath who just happens to be a Flight Attendant (FA). She shares the good and the bad of FA Life in this peek behind the curtain. Make sure your seat backs and tray tables are up (oh, yes I did) & enjoy this Black Perspective.
Introducing: Jessica Kincy
SSD: Jumping right in, tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.
JK: I’m a flight attendant. That’s what I do for a living (and somehow it’s become a part of my identity). I’ve always been a creative, adventurous, free-spirited, go-with-the-flow type of person – so this job magnifies that to an extent.
I would describe my job as ever-changing.
This may not make sense… but although day-to-day tasks/responsibilities remain pretty constant, no two days are ever the same. I rarely ever fly with the same crew members, and I definitely don’t see the same passengers twice. Every time I show up to work, I’m working with a different crew and different passengers. And that makes for a changing daily experience.
SSD: Does your job make it hard to build or maintain deep friendships with people outside of your line of work, or does it actually expose you to as many meaningful relationships as you can handle?
JK: My job makes it hard to maintain meaningful friendships ONLY with people that don’t understand that I will NOT be doing all the leg work (traveling) to maintain the friendship just because I don’t have to pay for flights. My time is not free and getting on a plane, after I’ve been at work on a plane for days on end, is not my favorite thing to do. Constant travel takes a lot out of you.
If I’m constantly going to be a part of others’ lives and keeping up with them, without them coming to be a part of my life and the things that I have going on, we grow apart. Also, if I take off a weekend when I could’ve made my rent, that’s no longer “free”. And it’s definitely a lot more in comparison to the $200 plane ticket that they never even bought.
SSD: When you say “constant travel”… How constant are we talkin’?