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Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tale of Sex, Rage and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet (Anglais) Relié – janvier 2002

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Book by Elliott Hester

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HASH(0x99f09978) étoiles sur 5 This Book is Hilarious 24 juillet 2003
Par Michael T. Rognlien - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I bought this book on a layover in Phoenix and didn't put it down until I was finished. As a very frequent business and personal traveler, I've seen many of the "nightmare" passengers described with such wit and humor by Mr. Hester.
It's always amazing to me how flight attendants are frequently treated like sub-humans by passengers, and how many people seem to lose all sense of tact and personal dignity once their boarding pass is taken. Having witnessed air rage, carry-on's the size of Texas, drunks, brawls and a million other human failings, reading Mr. Hester's flight attendant perspective confirmed what I've always suspected - they deal with a LOT, they're in a thankless position, and they're never appreciated until some heavy turbulence hits.
HIGHLY recommended, whether you're a frequent traveler or not - the humor is universal.
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HASH(0x99f09ac8) étoiles sur 5 A Visit To the Psych Ward at 30,000 feet! 28 janvier 2002
Par Daniel J. Maloney - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Question: What happens when you combine from 100 to 350 human beings, confine them in a cramped space for hours on end, and move them around the earth at 500 miles an hour at an altitude of 30,000 feet?
Answer: You create a laboratory for the observer of psychological pathology- or more plainly, you have the antics that occur on a typical airliner on most days in any year.
In" Flight Insanity", Elliott Hester provides the reader with "highlights" of his sixteen-year career as a flight attendant.
Having traveled a fair amount in my life, I know firsthand that flying is nothing exotic. Increasingly, air travel is an uncomfortable trial to endure -- it's "what we have to go through" in order "to end up where we want to be".
Hester's book is rollickingly funny! A breezy read -- detailing incredible, yet entirely believable stories as viewed from the plane's galley.
While I have heard all kinds of flight attendant joke, and laughed at quite a few, by the end of Flight Insanity, I had a new respect for the challenges of this beleaguered profession. The attendants get the last laugh!
Through his stories, Hester provides some great detail into odd tidbits of factual information on air travel and the industry itself. The human beings - passengers, pilots and attendants themselves, are a curious mix at high altitudes. If you travel by plane at all, I highly recommend "Flight Insanity."
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HASH(0x99f09e04) étoiles sur 5 Mildly amusing 18 février 2002
Par Michael K. McKeon - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Since misery likes company, I was interested in reading this as I fly a good deal. Additionally, my philosophy is when things are incredibly tedious and frustrating the best tactic for maintaining your sanity is to mock absurdity and celebrate the outrageous.
Based on the gushing recent review of this book in the New York Times, I eagerly anticipated an uproarious collection of "war stories" from the air. I was again reminded, however, not to attach too much credence to reviews with the "New York Times" imprimatur. This is a very tame, and unfortunately pretty predictable collection of air line experiences, interwoven with whining about hard working stewards and stewardesses, under appreciated by the public and exploited by the airlines that employ them. While initially the observations on the egos and cheapness of pilots were amusing the tune quickly rings flat by being overplayed. There is a bit of cautiously expressed, very non-specific, worker frustration over corporate greed. Yawn.
The book is entirely too safe, too politically correct, and too defensive about why Hester believes passengers should be satified with the food and service that they get. He is very careful not to go out on a limb or risk enough bite to compromise his position (so you kind of wonder to what extent his travel column is reliant on travel industry support). You get the sense that the flight servers view themselves as doing a favor to passengers who, as a whole, they regard as annoying, insufficiently docile, and underappreciative.
My sense was that the exceedingly boring chapter "The Mile High Club" discussing sex in the air was viewed as essential by the publisher to sell copies. While I didn't expect (or what) graphic descriptions, I did anticipate anecdotes that were at least entertaining in terms of being unique and absurd.
I don't believe I laughed out loud once reading this. While generally "okay", in light of the immense potential for such a book, this was a crushing disappointment.
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HASH(0x99f09930) étoiles sur 5 In the Friendly Skies 30 mars 2002
Par D. Clancy - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Ever wonder what the job of a flight attendant consists of when you are being hurtled through space in that metal cylinder? It isn't just coffee, tea or me. Elliott Hester has written a wacky, fun, never dull book on the challanges of dealing with the public at 30,000 feet.
Everything that could go wrong does wrong on an airliner. Only when it goes awry up there it is ten times worse. He tells of Big Bertha, the flight attendant from hell, who makes macho pilots quake in their boots. The San Juan flight where two men get in a fight over a Panama hat, passengers who try to sneak into first class, the passengers from hell. The list goes on.
Hester writes with great humor and a very entertaining style. This book is one that everyone who gets on an airplane should read. The next time you see a flight attendant serving dinner or taking care of the passengers you will have a new appreciation of them.
My hat is off to the men and women who work the friendly skies
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HASH(0x99f0f2dc) étoiles sur 5 Talk about low job satisifaction 5 janvier 2002
Par Doug W - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've been reading Elliot Hester articles in the San Francisco Chronicle for a while and I was looking forward to his book coming out. Unfortunately it was delayed due to the recent events, but it was worth the wait. It's filled with really funny incidents from Elliot's 16 years as a flight attendant. I really wish I had this book for the holidays, it would have made dealing with the current realities of flying - as frustrating as flying can be now, it doesn't compare to the stories in this book!
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