Book Review: Plane Insanity

A lot of us dream about becoming a flight attendant when we’re younger, but for the few who turn their dream into reality, they might just find that the reality is not quite as romantic as we like to believe. And if the book Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant’s Tale of Sex, Rage and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet by Elliott Hester – also sometimes found under the title “Air Confidential” – is anything to go by, it’s far from romantic at all!

Plane Insanity

Hester tells a bunch of tales about his experiences as a flight attendant on both domestic and international flights, dealing with some very unusual passengers and sometimes even strange colleagues. You might learn some surprising things about the life of a flight attendant – I was surprised to learn that they sometimes might end up with nothing to eat, if there’s just exactly enough meals on board to take care of the passengers. And the harsh reality of flying round and round the world with not enough rest reminds me that this is definitely not a career move I want to make.

All travelers will get some new insights – and a few good laughs – out of reading this book, but perhaps the best audience are other flight attendants, who will sympathize with what must be universal gripes and compaints about a tricky career.