Flight Attendants Give Their Inside Tips

Published Date Author: , June 6th, 2012

Gay Travel: Flight Attendants Give Their Inside TopsNext time you land at LAX with a couple of hours to kill before a transfer, jump on the courtesy shuttle to the Parking Spot garage on Sepulveda Boulevard. When you get out at the lot less than ten minutes later, you’ll be right next door to an In-N-Out Burger (9149 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Tel: 800-786-1000. www.in-n-out.com). Order up a sloppy-delicious Animal Style burger, then head across the street to the small green patch of public park. You’ll likely find a smattering of dreamy-eyed flight attendants, sprawled out on their backs staring skyward at the thunderous spectacle of massive international jetliners in rapid descent to the runways.

“I love that place,” says Travis Bose, 36, a US Airways crew member. “Since I was a child, I’ve just been fascinated with airplanes and travel. I’ve been flying for 13 years now,” he says, “and I still enjoy my job almost all the time.”

According the the US Department of Labor, there are approximately 100,000 flight attendants employed by airlines in the United States, and more than a few of them are gay. With starting salaries hovering around $18,000 and median annual wages of $35,930, many GLBT cabin crew members have knowingly chosen jobs with lower income potential than they might make through other employment. Passport recently chatted with a handful of veteran gay and lesbian flight attendants to find out what makes them tick. We also asked them to share some tips on making the most of short layovers on domestic itineraries.

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