15 Movies and Shows to Watch if You Love Aviation

15 Movies and Shows to Watch if You Love Aviation

We miss traveling, don’t you? Whether you’re a flight attendant like us or someone who lives for the joys (and woes) of air travel, you probably miss exploring the world pre-pandemic. While some folks are out flying, many of us are still stuck at home dreaming of our next big trip.

Like you, we’ve had a lot of free time over the last year so we caught up on some of our favorite movies and TV shows and compiled a list of 15 titles that you should watch if you miss being on an airplane. We have to warn you, though, some of these titles won’t exactly make you excited to get on a plane again – but – they’re fantastic nonetheless and aviation-themed, so we had to include them! Let’s just hope that none of our flights are ever quite as eventful as the ones listed below.

Grab some popcorn, avoid your responsibilities, and start binge-watching.

Did we skip one? Tell us in the comments!


Light-Hearted Comedies

AIRPLANE (1980)
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
Rating: 7.7/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: No good list of aviation-themed entertainment would be complete without Airplane. This film is an absolute classic and provides some pretty epic laughs.

VIEW FROM THE TOP (2003)
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, Candice Bergen, Rob Lowe, Mike Myers, Kelly Preston
Rating: 5.3/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: It’s the story of a small-town girl who dreams of becoming a flight attendant. Didn’t we all have that dream at some point? This is a pretty standard rom-com overall but it still remains a cult favorite among flight attendants. If you find the flight attendant life even remotely fascinating, you’ll probably get a kick out of this. Plus, who cares if Gwyneth Paltrow says she regrets doing this movie? We still love it.

Action-Packed Thrillers

RED EYE (2005)
Starring:
Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy
Rating: 6.4/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: This is not your typical Wes Craven film, but Red Eye is a fun and clever thriller that keeps you entertained. Plus, the cast is great! We feel like Rachel McAdams can do no wrong.

FLIGHTPLAN (2005)
Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard
Rating: 6.3/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: Jodie Foster is fantastic in this psychological thriller about a woman who loses her daughter on a long flight. The plot is a little far-fetched, but the action makes it a fun watch!

Critically-Acclaimed

SULLY (2016)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Rating: 7.4/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: This is a fantastic movie about “The Miracle on the Hudson,” one of the most incredible incidents in aviation history. Tom Hanks does a stellar job portraying Sully. Our one and only issue with this film is that we wish the flight attendants had been portrayed a bit more realistically. We know the movie is titled Sully, but someone had to help get those people out.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)
Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Rating: 8.1 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: It’s everything we love about life in aviation – minus the whole crime thing, of course! This film is full of fun, adventure, and a little bit of drama. Plus, it includes homage to Pan Am, and who doesn’t love reminiscing about the golden age of air travel?

Feel-Good Films

UP IN THE AIR (2009)
Starring:
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Rating: 7.4/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: This story focuses more on the downsides of constantly being on the go, and yet still somehow gives us that warm fuzzy feeling about things like airport security. Weird, right? Our favorite George Clooney quote from the movie sums it up: “All the things you probably hate about traveling – the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi – are warm reminders that I’m home.”



THE TERMINAL (2004)
Starring:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Rating: 7.4/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: If you’ve ever sat reserve at the airport, then this movie will probably give you a little bit of PTSD more than anything else. This film made us feel grateful for the fact that we don’t actually live at the airport – despite the fact that we feel like we do. Also, should Tom Hanks be in every aviation-themed movie? Let’s discuss.

Not for the Faint-of-Heart

FLIGHT (2012)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle
Rating: 7.3/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: If you’re a nervous flyer, you might want to sit this one out. While the scenario is far-fetched, it is still highly entertaining and Denzel Washington is amazing as always.

NON-STOP (2014)
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery
Rating: 6.9/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: As you’re most likely already aware, hijackings are pretty unlikely at 35,000 feet – but they’re still possible! While the everyday traveler may not enjoy a movie like this as much as a flight attendant will, movies like this remind us why we spend so much time on safety and security during flight attendant training. It’s why flight attendants have to stay vigilant on every flight – even the seemingly boring ones. Plus, we love seeing Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o as flight attendants!

Heroic Tales

NEERJA (2016)
Starring: Sonam KapoorShabana AzmiYogendra Tiku 
Rating: 7.7/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: If you are a flight attendant and have not seen this, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it. Neerja Bhanot is a true hero and this powerful movie does a fantastic job of telling her story. Whether you’re in the aviation industry or not, this is a must-see film.

7500 (2019)
Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rating: 6.3/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: We’ll start by saying that this movie is heavy. The film happens in real-time and it is intense. To be honest, we couldn’t wait for this film to end but also could not stop watching. Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers an incredible performance.

Binge-Worthy TV Shows

PAN AM (2011-2012)
Starring:
Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie
Rating: 7.10/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: This extremely underrated show has an all-star cast and is full of excitement and drama. With all that being said, it was the nostalgia of it all that sucked us into the show. Doesn’t everyone want white linen tablecloths in First Class and a week-long Europe trip?

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (2020)
Starring:
Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet
Rating: 7.1/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: Many of our fellow flight attendant friends don’t seem to like the show because they felt Cassie was a hot mess… to which we say: you know you’ve flown with this person! Maybe the people we fly with aren’t quite as disastrous as Cassie, but they definitely bring their fair share of issues to the galley. This is a fun whodunnit comedy/drama and we can’t wait for Season 2!

Bonus Flick:

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BRIDESMAIDS (2011)
Starring: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy
Rating: 6.8/10 Stars on iMDB
Our Take: Ok, so this isn’t exactly an aviation-themed movie by any means, but it is an overall hilarious (albeit awkward) comedy that happens to include one of the funniest airplane scenes of all time. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch it just for that scene alone. This all-star cast really leaves an impression. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Tell us your favorites!

If we skipped any aviation-themed shows or movies that you absolutely love, let us know in the comments below!

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What Every Flight Attendant Wants for Christmas

What Every Flight Attendant Wants for Christmas

… is for you to wear a mask over your nose and mouth. We’ve been demonstrating how to do this at the beginning of every flight for literally decades, so just do it. Just wear the mask!

Thanks for flying with us. Happy Holidays! 😎


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20 Flight Attendant Businesses You Should Support

20 Flight Attendant Businesses You Should Support

While this year has been difficult for all of us, many flight attendants have lost their jobs due to the impact that COVID19 has had on the airline industry. Many grounded crew members have taken this extra time to use their talents and create or grow their own businesses! As we approach the holiday season, let’s do what we can to support small businesses, especially ones owned by our fellow flight attendants around the world. We’ve compiled some of our favorites below, but feel free to tell us about your own flight attendant-owned businesses in the comments!


Nuts On A Plane

NUTS ON A PLANE

Travel gifts and accessories for flight crew.

Follow @nutsonaplane on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Fly JXH

FLY JXH

Aviation-themed enamel pins.

Follow @fly.jxh on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Salty Lemon

SALTY LEMON

Handmade clay earrings and handmade accessories.

Follow @saltylemonshop Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Elk Watercolors

ELK WATERCOLOR

Handmade watercolor pet portraits.

Follow @elkwatercolor on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Dolls in the Sky

DOLLS IN THE SKY

Custom handmade dolls made to order.

Follow @dolls_in_the_sky on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Coy Naturals

COY NATURALS

Hand poured soy candles in reusable mugs.

Follow @coy.naturals on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


The One With Wanderlust

THE ONE WITH WANDERLUST

Travel-themed print shop and city guides.

Follow @theonewithwanderlust on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Lazy Bee Zero Waste

LAZY BEE BY DESTINY

Zero waste gifts and accessories.

Follow @lazybeebydestiny on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Plant Parenthood Designs

PLANT PARENTHOOD DESIGNS

Plant inspired goods for your green life.

Follow @plantparenthooddesigns on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Sophia's Shed

SOPHIA’S SHED

Handmade custom wood designs.

Follow @sophias.shed on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


LNRBAR

LNRBAR

Handmade protein bars with collagen and whey protein.

Follow @lnrbar on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Better Butters

BETTER BUTTERS

Homemade all-natural body butters.

Follow @better.butters on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Masks by Ryan

MASKS BY RYAN

High-quality handmade face coverings in multiple designs.

Follow @masksbyryan on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Clay and Cabernet

CLAY AND CABERNET

Handmade and hypoallergenic clay crafts.

Follow @clay.and.cabernet on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Tomas Laser

TOMAS LASER

Wooden and leather gifts and accessories.

Follow @tomas.laser on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


BroTagz

BROTAGZ

Custom embroidered travel gifts and accessories.

Follow @bro_tagz on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Kenzie Kids

KENZIE KIDS

Handcrafted outfits and accessories for kids.

Follow @kenziekidsboutique on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Writah Bakes

WRITAH BAKES

Vegan bakery and vegan cake mixes.

Follow @writahbakes Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


Kahl's Designs

KAHL’S DESIGNS

Handmade pet accessories.

Follow @kahlsdesigns on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


EveryFlame

EVERYFLAME CANDLE CO.

High-quality home fragrance products.

Follow @everyflame_ on Instagram!

>> SHOP HERE


A special thank you to all of the businesses that took the time to comment on our post on social media asking about flight attendant-owned businesses back in September. We love seeing how creative our fellow flight attendants are – both on and off the plane! If you’re a flight attendant that owns your own business and we didn’t mention it here, tell us all about it in the comments below!



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Flying Above The Stereotypes

Flying Above The Stereotypes

I was recently interviewed by someone who asked, “Why are so many male flight attendants gay?” While I understand the significance of stereotypes, they’re often more harmful than they are helpful, so I felt that the question warranted a thoughtful response. The short answer is, being a flight attendant is the best job out there and gay men are obviously the most intelligent people on the planet. I’m mostly kidding, but all jokes aside, the job lends to a lifestyle that is both fun and glamorous. (Most days, anyway!) Flight attendants get to travel all over the world and get paid for it, jet off to different countries at the drop of a hat, and avoid those awkward holiday dinner conversations with family by blaming our absence on work. What’s not to love?

For gay men, being a flight attendant is all about identity – or rather, anonymity in this case. Imagine a flight that you’ve been on. Do you remember your flight attendant’s name? Rarely. Do you know anything about this person other than they seem to have fun at work? Nope. But you will always remember how your flight attendant made you feel. As crew members, we love putting on a show for the public, entertaining our guests, and then going on with our lives at the end of the day. We love to perform, and the airplane provides a perfect stage to express ourselves. We can transform into a character we might not otherwise get to play and sometimes our uniform even becomes a costume that can make us feel safe and protected. We are allowed to be unapologetically true to who we are with no threat of pushback from potentially unaccepting friends or family. Everybody adores a fun-loving flight attendant because it makes traveling more fun. But while often times even the most conservative person loves a sassy gay flight attendant, it’s still not necessarily the person they want their child bringing home to dinner. In the aviation world we are accepted for whatever bold personality we want to adopt. On the airplane, we are free to be whoever we want to be.



The flight attendant lifestyle has remained so appealing for gay men over the years because like gay men, flight attendants come from all walks of life and face similar issues of self-identity. Through all of the diverse cultures we get to experience every day at work, we realize a new piece of ourselves in each one, learning more and more about who we want to become. Rather than learning new ways to hide from our truth, we uncover new aspects of ourselves that we never knew were there before. Individually we may be quite different from one another, but we all have so much in common at our core. There’s an unspoken bond and mutual respect among flight attendants much like members of the LGBTQ+ community. That respect translates well into the flight attendant life because crew members around the world are united by the wings that each of us wear proudly when we fly. We have experienced a lot of the same situations and understand each other as a result. Each trip we fly with new crew members and are required to communicate effectively with them without ever having met before. We have to be able to form strong connections with sheer strangers. This allows us to create a space where everyone feels free to open up… sometimes maybe even too much! At the end of the day, flight attendants around the globe look out for each other, just as members of the gay community often do, too.

With the flight attendant lifestyle, the possibilities are endless. The job is flexible, relatively low-stress, and allows us to see places and meet people that we would’ve otherwise never imagined possible. Being a flight attendant allows a level of freedom to be exactly who you want to be, which often times we don’t get the privilege of doing while growing up gay. Whether you fly with your best friends or perfect strangers, you can open up and embrace your truth. So when someone asks why gay men become flight attendants, it’s because you can be anybody you want to be, but most importantly, you can just be yourself.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!



And now, some wisdom from Nicole Byer:

You’re right, Nicole. We are too much for this world. We belong in the sky!


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Why You Should Hire A Flight Attendant

Why You Should Hire A Flight Attendant

Being a flight attendant is unlike any other job out there. It’s so unique, in fact, that years later even our own friends and family don’t fully understand what we do. As much as we love flying, though, 2020 has grounded many flight attendants… at least for now. It’s bittersweet but also a refreshing chance for some of us to try something new.

Now that thousands of flight attendants are without jobs, many of us are exploring the possibility of a new career path. To all of you job recruiters out there, we know you might think that we are just flight attendants, but I promise you that there is so much more than meets the eye. Before you pass up that flight attendant in your application pile, let me tell you that flight attendants are some of the most suitable candidates out there. We are ready for anything – and I mean anything.



Here’s why you should hire a flight attendant:

Meets Deadlines

While flight attendants often joke about never really knowing what day it is, we are always successful when it comes to deadlines. In just 30 minutes, we have the ability to ensure that 200 people are seated, required safety briefings are complete, and all emergency and catering equipment has been checked.  With changing time zones we still always arrive on time, complete our duties, and even make sure we buckle the pilots in and feed them their lunch.

Project Management Experience

I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to prepare dinner for 20 people in a kitchen the size of a broom closet, but we have! This is no easy feat, especially when faced with the occasional jolt of turbulence. Through proper organization and preparation, we always make sure dinner is hot and served in a timely fashion! Just don’t judge us too harshly on the quality of the food.

Works Well Under Pressure

Have you ever had someone come to you with a medical situation and immediately had to assume the roles of doctor, nurse, communicator, record keeper, and EMT? At 35,000 feet, there aren’t always a lot of options in emergency medical situations – and flight attendants are there to handle everything from heart attacks to childbirth. 

Adaptable to Change

Whether it’s Federal Aviation Regulations or specific airline policies, the role of a flight attendant and the rules that we live by are ever-changing. When a new task is thrown at us, we’re ready for the responsibility. Plus, we’ll only complain about a little.

Excellent Leadership Skills

As flight attendants, we are natural born leaders who can take charge in any situation. If you put 8 flight attendants on a plane, every single one will show initiative. We’re such good leaders, in fact, that you may never know who is in charge on the crew – because sometimes, neither do they! All jokes aside, we all have an innate leadership ability but also know when to step aside and let others take the lead.



Now, we know you may still have some reservations. We’ve all seen the occasional flight attendant outburst stories on the news. Let’s discuss some things that may concern you. If you think we’re rude, we’re really just direct and making sure we deliver the company’s message with conviction. Think we just like to party? We know how to have fun so that we can maintain a healthy work-life balance. Think we’re unskilled workers? Many of us have advanced degrees, second careers, and still have time to take care of a growing family.

On any given day, flight attendants fulfill a multitude of roles both on and off the airplane. We are safety professionals, security guards, servers, teachers, counselors, communicators, tour guides, babysitters, and more! All jokes aside, we know how to lead, we know how to manage, and we will take care of anything that comes our way. Plus, we will even do it all with a sense of humor.

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