That, and the tall, broad shouldered Captain, who happened to be in a similar situation. As the story goes, that pilot went above and beyond, making sure that I was on that flight. A divorce lawyer website, with the slug being, ‘‘ tells me that people in the travel industry, which includes professions like pilots, and flight attendants typically have higher divorce rate than other occupations.
I was at an airport, so naturally I would look for the cutest boy, or most handsome man, and talk to him. He happened to work for the same airline that we were trying to fly to the Sunshine State on, and as we waited, our small talk turned to small-world mutual friends, and the fact that he absolutely had to get back to landscape the yard outside of his recently purchased home. I teased, and giggled, and found out that he left a paddle board in Puerto Rico, because he had to make a quick escape from an ex-girlfriend’s grasp. I was more than appreciative, as I had to work the next morning. I was more than grateful, and it was just a bonus that he was easy on the eyes, and a good conversationalist. I asked a flight attendant, who worked for Southwest for eight years if she felt like her relationships were ruined by her flight attendant life.
How sexy it must be to imagine him in the cockpit driving the airplane to the gate as quickly and safely as possible because he needs to use the restroom after pounding coffee for the last few hours. Being with a pilot means you get bootstrapped to your throttle jockey’s pass privileges. He may already have his drinking buddy listed as his ‘domestic partner’ so they can take free trips down to the islands or Vegas together.
Even though these notions are enticing enough, let me tell you other down to Earth reasons why dating a pilot is a real treat. Once you’ve proven your worth though, imagine traveling for nearly free as long as there are seats available on the flight you are hoping to climb aboard during peak traveling season when everyone else is willing to pay to get there.
The pilot, who flies large jets along freight routes in Asia, wrote, "I'm quite comfortable discussing my salary with my friends who are in the airlines." But things get more complicated, the pilot said, when it comes to dating.
We'll call the pilot "Emily." She's 54 years old and has been flying since the late 1970s. know what I make," Emily wrote in her e-mail to me, "and I'm OK with that.
After I wrote a column in April about salary disclosure, I received quite a few e-mails from readers who told me exactly how much they made, and many who elaborated on the particularities of their pay.
One such reader, a pilot for a major international cargo airline, reported earning about 0,000 last year, and expected to make 0,000 after an upgrade from first officer to captain.
Women pilots comprised 36,101 — about 6 percent — of that total, and within the smaller pool of Airline Transport Pilots (or ATP, the FAA's highest certification, and the license that Emily holds), women account for about 3.5 percent.
Truth is, just like everyone else’s life, it really can suck. Now, long time pilots at major airlines make good money, but pilots just starting out make very little. Now, that’s bad enough, but flight school is really expensive. It’s not like I can get him to help me while he’s off in Timbuktu. They even have an acronym for it – “AIDS” (Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome). It is rarely glamorous, and almost always logistically difficult.
So that k a year looks even worse when you have k in student loans. Trips can be one day or multiple days and they can be back to back. He says “Hey, I really want this day and this day off, and I don’t want to work Sundays.” Then the company makes the schedules and sends them out to the pilots. No week is ever the same as the week before because we work around dad’s schedule. There’s enough time away they can live a whole separate life, ala “The Pilot’s Wife” and I’ve been told affairs abound. That pic of the kids is at the end of a 20 hour travel day.
) Next time you are on Facebook and start dreaming about someone else’s situation, remember no one’s life is 100% perfect.
The person who’s life you envy may well be envying yours.