Missing the sea breeze in Redang. Boooohoooo not going for the Langkawi trip. Jess and friends must be having a hell of a time
This entry has been long over due, lol. First of all, i wanna thank Malaysia Airlines for the invite and also not forgetting Jonathan for organizing this event
I was fortunate enough to experience what is it like or rather what does it take to be a cabin crew in an airline, specifically MAS. If you didn’t know MAS has been named Skytrax’s World’s Best Cabin Staff this year and that has totalled up to 6 times. Definitely not an easy feat.
Upon arrival, i thought i was the first one because i saw no one in the hall but just to find out that everyone was at the cafetaria having breakfast.
It was after 20 minutes or so that the program started.
We were briefed ala lecture class style on how and what levels are there to go thru to become a MAS Cabin Crew. Every candidate will be sieved thoroughly as there’s of course a certain standard that has to be maintained. MAS doesn’t get the award for Best Cabin Crew for no reason you see.
Some of us even offered ourselves to be Cabin Crew, lol. Taking advantage of the oppurtunity since all the top people were in the room.
We were then ushered to the next part which was the beautification section. This is where the air stewardess were given simply lesson on how to do the trademark hairstyle and makeup under 10 minutes. Some of us didn’t really believe that one could look anything like the stewardess under 10 minutes. Girls generally take at least 3 years 30 minutes or more to get themselves ready especially when it involves make up.
To prove that only 10 minutes was needed, Elena has the chance to be used as the subject.
The Master and the subject, lol. Only 9 minutes plus was need and wolaaaaa, one MAS air stewardess is ready
After learning how to beautify one’s self, the cabin crew would also be taught on grooming and how to carry yourself in public.
Here we were shown the signature kebaya uniform that is worn by the air stewardess. With the slit running higher than normal kebaya, the girls were showed how to walk so that nothing is exposed.
William then volunteered to the catwalk. He should have put on the kebaya and walked, just to recreate the scenario, lol !
Besides looking good and gorgeous, the cabin crew would have to know simple first aid. Ok maybe not simple first aid but they would have to be able to handle medical situations until a doctor or paramedics are on the scene.
All cabin crews would have to attend mandatory first aid courses every now and then. This is a good way to make sure everyone has the latest info on how to save the passenger’s life and also a good time to learn up on new medical equipments which are fitted on the aircrafts.
This was probably the best part and the only place where it was photographed the most ! …. the cabin service trainers.
All replicas of the classes of different MAS aircrafts are located here. Economy class, Business class, First class were all there. Even the 747 Jumbo was there for us to explore.
Thanks to William, i was caught ordering my lamb chop over in first class. Elena that would medium rare thank you
Mr Yat dozed off while we were circling around KLIA. William just enjoying the view.
After fooling about in the first class of 747 Jumbo, we were asked to get ready for their simulation emergency session and we had to sign a release form to make sure we can’t sue them for any mishaps
We then wore their safety suit before entering the simulation aircraft.
While seated they told us to listen to the instructions of the cabin crew when the simulation is in progress. As part of the exercise 5 of us were chose to represent the disable and i was one of them.
At first i declined cause i know how heavy i am -_-! and i wouldn’t want any of the air stewardess to struggle offloading a cow of the aircraft but later on the air stewardess said no worries and she can handle me.
I was strictly asked to remain in my seat and not move a muscle as though i am paralyzed.
Surprisingly, she carried me !
*respect respect respect*
With the help of another person, i was positioned properly on the slide with her being behind me …
… and down I went XD
Upon landing, i thought i could just walk off but i was instructed by the instructors not to move a muscle and let the air stewardess do the work.
At this point, i was already feeling very bad for her.
The air stewardess was then helped by her co worker to move me to the side but she ermmm accidently pressed my collar bone which is one of the few sensitive areas and i started laughing my head. That resulted to me falling off her grip, making a cow fall on her leg T.T
This simulation was mainly to see how fast the passengers were evacuated using the emergency slide.
So what happens if the aircraft makes an emergency landing on water ?
Just like first aid, cabin crews will have to take refreshing course on emergency landing on water. Here they would have to swim in full uniform giving them the actual feel if it did happen. They will shower first before starting the exercise.
A swimming instructor will be there to monitor the progress of each and every cabin crew to make sure they can at least do the basic.
“Swim people, swim !”, the instructor yelled.
Most of us never seen such exercise before, i mean none of us expected the cabin crew to be fully clothed in their uniforms with hairdos and all to jump into the pool. So we did the next best thing, we snap snap snap
After swimming 2 laps, the cabin crew were then instructed to swim to the middle of the pool and create a circle. This is done to create attention for any planes that are passing by. Besides that, if it’s cold they will draw closer to contain heat among themselves.
A super large safety raft was then brought to the pool.
“Any of you want to be in it ?” the instructor asked us.
Next thing you know, i am already in the life raft. The instructor then told us what was gonna happen which was, the life raft will be pushed to the middle and the cabin crew would have to climb in. We, under no circumstances should help any of them. Emilio helped me to take my photos while i was on the raft, thanks a lot !
… and that exercise begun.
Then we had to pedal with our hands to the other side.
Can you spot me ?
After some grueling exercise, we were give lunch and end the day with a bang, we ….
… celebrated Lex’s birthday, of KampungBoyCityGal.com
All in all, i had a great time and seriously learnt alot and it’s definitely not ‘kacang putih’ to be a cabin crew. Its easily shown why MAS has been winning the award as Best Cabin Staff for a record 6 times.
So for those opting to become a cabin crew, you know where to go to then
P/S: The swine flu is definitely disrupting my plans to travel around T.T