Review: Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole

17 Mar

Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heather Poole had some great stories, and I’ll never look at flight attendants in quite the same way again.

Description via the Harper Collins website:

Flying the not-so-friendly skies…

In her more than fifteen years as an airline flight attendant, Heather Poole has seen it all. She’s witnessed all manner of bad behavior at 35,000 feet and knows what it takes for a traveler to become the most hated passenger onboard. She’s slept in flight attendant crashpads in “Crew Gardens,” Queens—sharing small bedrooms crammed with bunk beds with a parade of attractive women who come and go at all hours, prompting suspicious neighbors to jump to the very worst conclusions. She’s watched passengers and coworkers alike escorted off the planes by police. She can tell you why it’s a bad idea to fall for a pilot but can be a very good one (in her case) to date a business-class passenger. Heather knows everything about flying in a post-9/11 world—and she knows what goes on behind the scenes, things the passengers would never dream.

This book was a mixture of a behind the scenes look at the logistics of how a flight functions (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing), and personal stories from a young woman who splits her time between flying the world and living in an apartment with many other women.

I admit, I really had never thought about what an airplane looks like from the flight attendants viewpoint– how their schedules and responsibilities work, what the requirements are for life as a flight attendant. It isn’t something that would work for me, but I can see why it would appeal, why some people would put up with the challenges such a life presents.

The funniest bits come from dealing with the challenges of life as a flight attendant, rather than the time spent in flight. Certainly, there were some good in-the-air stories, and the author’s sense of humor permeates the book.

For the first half of the book, I really, really enjoyed hanging out with Heather Poole, and listening to her stories. I thought I’d love to have her work a flight I was on, that I’d enjoy talking to her. She just seemed so friendly!

As the book went on, she got a little cattier, and although I’m certain she would be entirely professional if she worked my flight, I’m far less certain we’d find anything to chat about.

That didn’t make her stories any less entertaining, and I continued to enjoy reading about celebrities, people (particularly pilots) she dated, and other flight attendants.

I’d recommend this as a fun read, with the possibility of learning a little along the way.

I received Cruising Attitude for review from William Morrow Paperbacks.  Thank you!


Posted by on March 17, 2012 in books, reviews


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2 responses to “Review: Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole

  1. TheAttentionSeeker

    March 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I thought it would be funny until my Flight Attendant friends made fun of me for buying it. They said if she is a Flight Attendant she must be extremely junior because most of them are 20 plus years and no one but someone that engrossed in work would go on and on about things they have seen for years. I thought it was cool she wrote the book but these senior gals think she just wants attention and when she goes on TV she doesn’t know what the hell she is talking about. They were vicious calling her a wannabe senior Fligjt attendant living through her 2 years at Sun Jet? They continued Claiming how much fun the industry makes at her especially with the you tube doll.
    I felt sorry for her but I guess she is like that author James Frey that Oprah called duped. Poor thing!


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