Photo Credit: Kat Kamalani
A former flight attendant shocked passengers when she revealed that she was never paid to welcome and say farewell to passengers.
Kat Kamalani is an ex-flight attendant who has leaked several truths about the aviation industry. She claims in her recent TikTok video that cabin staff are not paid until the aircraft door is shut.
Former Flight Attendant Reveals How They Get Paid
In a TikTok video, Kat Kamalani, a seven-year airline veteran, discusses how cabin staff are only paid for “in-flight hours” when the aircraft is literally ready to take off.
In her video, she states,
“Starting off, when those boarding doors are open, we’re not getting paid. So when you’re getting on the plane and getting off the plane, we’re not getting paid for that. What we get paid for is in-flight hours—which is when the boarding doors close—as our base pay.”
She continues to explain that when flight attendants are on a lengthy flight, they are paid to stay in hotels.
“It’s about $1.50 to $2.50 (£1.15 to £1.90) an hour, depending on where you are in your destination, and you get that when you’re eating, sleeping, or doing anything.”
According to the former flight attendant, she was also able to take extended leave while pregnant until the baby was one year old.
Kat encourages her viewers to be “really nice to those flight attendants,” as they are unpaid.
Her video garnered over 50,000 views, and the pay reveal astounded many viewers, with some thinking it is cruel.
So please remember to be nicer to us. I’m aware you’re annoyed about the flight delay, and so are we. We aren’t being paid for these extra hours.
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