Confessions of an air stewardess

She gets to travel the world as a stewardess for a major airline.

While the travelling is nice, the 35-year-old - who requests to go by the name Florence because she is worried about her airline objecting to the interview - says the job is far from glamorous.

"Some of the things we do certainly don't fit with the glamour people normally associate with being a stewardess", says the Malaysian, who has been in the industry for 10 years.

"You have to deal with difficult passengers and demanding supervisors."

"Some passengers think because they paid for the flight, we are at their beck and call."

Once, a passenger threw water at her just because she took 10 minutes to bring him another glass filled with ice cubes.

Another time, she had to go down on her knees to scrub the toilet. "Let's just say a passenger got really drunk and wasn't good with the aiming," she laughs.

So how does she deal with all this? "You've got to smile and suck it up," she says matter-of-factly.

Requests from passengers can range from the mundane, like asking for water that has to be at a certain temperature or requests for more pillows, to the offbeat - like how a passenger insisted that the crew hang up his socks because he was caught in the rain prior to boarding the flight.

But interesting moments are few and far between, claims Florence.

"The good thing is you meet different passengers on every flight but our job can be quite repetitive".

It's the same serve-and-smile thing, she says with a grimace.

She confesses that she would not actually recommend her job to anyone now.

"It's not much of a career progression, is it?" she says.

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