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Broken Wings: A Flight Attendant's Journey (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nattanya Andersen

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Following an in-flight engine explosion, senior flight attendant Nattanya Andersen was diagnosed by the airline's medical team with a lasting condition of post-traumatic stress disorder. Previously story-free, Nattanya's resulting health problems started to emerge and her career had to come to a halt. The corporate denial of Nattanya's problems led her to fight back. "Broken Wings" is the gripping account of the struggle with her employer, as well as the net of entangled difficulties woven by the entire airline industry with the help and obstacles of multi-government bureaucracies and so-called unions, all shamelessly manouvering to maximize profits (which are, most times, a minuscule financial gain per passenger, but since airlines have nearly five billion clients per year…).

The book grows to reveal the true and troubling general health issues afflicting professionals in the air. The airline industry is hoping that these rarely adressed insider's revelations injuring employees will not circulate among its paying customers (mainly frequent flying passengers!), as they are equally affected: the damaging consequences of insufficient air quantity and rarified oxygen, polluted (some times neuro-toxic) air quality, radiation exposure and other high-altitude consequences, turbulence effects, ensuing air rage, alcoholism, … a host of other dangers, problems and symptoms all affecting long-term and short-term health. This is a comprehensive account of health hazards from flying in the 21st century.

As pages turn, one dicovers the compelling drama, but – refreshingly – this courageous tale is not told from a powerless victim's position but with the use of ballance and humor for truth and justice. The passionate and caring soul of the author brings us to hope that, at some point, corporations will switch from a context of denial to a desire of monitoring and improving their employees' and customers' health and well-being. Finally available in the digital format, "Broken Wings" is a unique, fascinating, eye-opening must-read that will deeply touch all travel professionals and passengers.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 500 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 316 pages
  • Editeur : Avia Publishing / Nattanya Andersen; Édition : 1 (1 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00E7ZXTYS
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Amazon.com: 4.3 étoiles sur 5  38 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Something for Everyone 6 juin 2001
Par Daria Lockwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Except if purchased over the 'net, this book is not available in Australia. This is a definite shame, as Ms Andersen's story is one that needs to be told. I was lucky enough to be given a copy, and I found it absolutely gripping. If you're like me, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what this book is -not-....
This isn't just a book about the airline industry - don't make that mistake. It's much, much more. And it's not just dry facts and figures. Ms Andersen gives the reader a deep and clear glimpse into her soul as she chronicles her life leading up to the accident which changed her life, and her struggle with the union and her employers after the event.
It's also not a 'poor me' story. Throughout, the author is honest about her own mistakes and misjudgments, and her sincerity and honesty shine through clearly.
To me, this is a story about fear, betrayal and the phoenix-like rebirth of a soul. Ms Andersen emerges as a complete - albeit scarred - person from a situation which came close to breaking her. Even if you have no interest in the airline industry (although the statistics are quite amazing!) you will find Ms Andersen's story utterly compelling.
I would consider this to be a 'must read' book. Beware, though - once you get into this book, you won't rest until you've finished it!
16 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Globe reviewed it, I read it. So must you! 13 septembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Reading Broken Wings was an eye-opening experience. I was delighted to learn that a flight attendant had written a book, from a Globe and Mail review.
It's been a long time since "Cabin Pressure". But this is not as humorous. It deals with issues pertaining to our health and well being. Nattanya Andersen's (author) passion for flying reminded me about why I set out in pursuit of a flight attendant career. After nine years of flying, Nattanya has rejuvenated some of those long forgotten feelings I had within.
The issues of Air Rage, Aircraft Cabin Air Quality and other dangers involved in a flying career are all addressed in this "eye-opener" of a book. Until now, I hadn't thought of the long term effects of breathing recycled air in a confined environment 1200 hours per annum; now I know why I sometimes feel light headed while on duty. I also learned how reducing the intake of fresh outside air saves airlines mass amounts of money in fuel. A must-read for all flight attendants and for those considering a career in this field.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible 13 juillet 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Long duty hours, aircraft snags, delays, weather, generate pressure on aircrew. Compounded pressures can create a domino effect, resulting in an accident. And there are people who have been put into positions of pressure where they have to worry about such things. Clearly, clearly, profits are fine. Profits to the exclusion of all else are not. These aspects of flying are talked about in Broken Wings.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riviting story and filling the need for life as a Flight Att 30 juillet 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I found I could relate to much of the airline life and stories, since some have also happened me. It must have been a cleansing for the author to write her book and finally arrive to a happier stage of her life. Good luck with your future writing. Flight Attendant Vancouver B. C.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Selling garbage 31 décembre 2009
Par Robert J. Boser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I have to agree with all of the other negative reviews. Why there have been any positive reviews at all, is beyond my comprehension.

The book contains a collection of garbage statements, not to mention piles of irrational conclusions, that could have been formulated only with the guidance of an Ouija Board.

For instance, she claims "air rage" incidents by airline passengers, are the result of greedy and deficient environmental control systems (ECS) on modern airliners. Not enough oxygen, according to her Ouija psychological analysis. Airlines deliberately try to reduce the "oxygen supply" to the passengers because it saves them money, by reducing fuel consumption.

In elaborating on that alleged cause of nutty passenger behavior, she claims that "pilots, by government regulation, have their own, entirely separate, oxygen supply system providing them with copious amounts of 100% pure oxygen. Passengers and cabin crew receive up to 53% recycled air in varying amounts, depending on where they sit or labor, the aircraft type, and engine speed."

Apparently that was not enough evidence of her abomnible ignorance. She went on with: "To save fuel, many airplanes take advantage of jet streams. When this happens, the cabin air intake is lower; the air circulation rate is slower; and oxygen deprivation occurs." And then, this incredible statement: "In other words, on-board cabin air deficiency causes permanent brain damage."

I will not call her a liar, because the possibility exists that she was so ignorant on that subject, that she actually believed she was telling the truth. To fairly label her as a liar, we have to reasonably believe she knew those statements had no basis in reality, when she wrote them. I prefer to judge her as an incredibly ignorant person, whose book is all but worthless.

The truth is that pilots and passengers receive the same supplied cabin air and that the natural supply of available oxygen in that air, is more than adequate for the needs of all passengers and crew. The air quality in airliners is at least equal to, and in many cases, superior to the supply in many office buildings around the world. And, flying in or out of the jet stream has nothing to do with the amount of available oxygen in the air, which is supplied by the plane's ECS.

Don't waste your money on this book unless you have a need to collect garbage.
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