Have you ever wondered how it’s like to be a crew member? Or how your life would look like if you had to travel five days a week? To gain a bit more insight to the world of aviation, we met up with Mette Kyø-Brandt, a Scandinavian Airlines stewardess, who has dedicated her life to traveling and customer service. Read her story here.
How long have you been working as a stewardess?
Since the 4th of May 1999.
Why did you decide to work in this business?
I was working as a guide for a couple of years before I was hired in SAS. At that time my best friend started working as a Steward for SAS, and he convinced me that it was the greatest job! I simply had to try it out when I came back…
How many hours per week do you work?
It varies a lot. We are allowed to work more than 60 hours per week on full time, but I fly part-time and so the rules are a bit different. I have approximately one long trip per week or a shorter route, which can last between 3 to 5 days.
Describe your job in 3 words…
Versatile, surprising and fun.
In your words; what does it take to be a Stewardess today?
It certainly demands a lot of flexibility in your private life. I am married and we have a child and a dog, so obviously this demands more planning than usual. We do not know our schedule for more than maximum one and a half month ahead.
The job has changed and developed tremendously for the past 40 years, but also just for the past 16 years, where I have been working as a Stewardess.
What is your best memory working as Cabin Crew?
I once flew from Copenhagen to Chicago with a woman who was 40 years old. We incidentally started talking because she was not feeling well at take off, so I made sure she was moved to a free row with more space. She told me that she was just informed that she would die within 6 months. She had breast cancer and it was spreading. I sat down with her and asked my colleagues to take care of the other passengers. We talked for a long time and even cried a lot. It was a very intense and draining experience, so I was not worth anything when we finally reached Chicago.
Tell us about your favorite destination..
Every destination has its charm, but Chicago has always occupied a great spot in my heart. It is an amazing feeling walking through this big city and strolling down the shopping street, which ends at the foot of Lake Michigan – one of the largest lakes in the world! There is also a great beach. It kind of feels like the end of the world when you are standing in front of Lake Michigan with all the Skyscrapers behind you…
I also think Rome is amazing – it was a great experience visiting that city too!
Your best travel tip?
Always carry a pen on you when you are traveling…