It Doesn’t Actually Pay Very Well
Flight attendants must report to work as soon as they arrive on the plane. This means doing pre-flight security checks and then greeting and assisting passengers during the boarding process.
However, in spite of everything they do before the plane takes off, they don’t even get paid. Flight attendants are only paid for the time the engine is started and the plane takes off. Before that, they are not paid – or at least not at their full rate. Hours spent away from home but not in the air are paid at a rate as low as $1.50 an hour. Some people find this revolting, and it is. However, officers forget this detail, given that the benefits of the job are still quite numerous .