About

I’m Brian Easley and I’m happy to say I’ve never had a real job.  I started working as a Little League umpire at twelve, then various photography jobs, and now a Flight Attendant since 1998.  If my luck holds up I’ll never know what the inside of an office building looks like, or what 9-5 feels like.

I love to travel, take photos, write, play sports, see live music, and get into adventures.  I try to live in Austin as much as I can but I’m based in New York City and constantly flying all over the world.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I love writing it.  It gives me something to do while I sit in my hotel room and stare out the window.

Some of the highlights of this blog plus much, MUCH more can be found in my book, Straight Guy in the Queer Skies.

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19 responses to “About

  1. Cool bloggy. I can relate to never really having had a real job except for short stints here and there. Will be visiting back for sure!

  2. Love your site Brian! Enjoy not having a real job, and experiencing life’s adventures.

  3. I really enjoy reading about your adventures. Keep up the good work!

  4. random question: are you allowed to disclose who you work for? Cuz I noticed other FA’s who blog never say who they fly for. I am guessing it’s done in this way to prevent any issues with the employer and the opinions in the blog?

  5. Yeah we’re not allowed to discuss such matters. We’ve all received an instructional pamphlet about social media and what we can and cannot say. I guess it’s like when you see people on game shows and they always say that they work for “a major airline, or major car rental company, or major whatever.”

  6. Brian, i just discovered your blog through the flying pinto, and god i loved your posts! I’ve a new friend who’s also flight attendant, male and straight. In my first conversations I didn’t bring up the questionnaire for the F/A interview (LOL, i thought about it), even though those are questions that we all wanna know, haha. I promise I won’t ask any of those any time soon.

    I did ask one that’s too nerd to be true, but believe me, I didnt know the answer but it’s also for the stupid guiness record: I usually fly with AA and wanted to know why they said Eleanor during the crosschecks. So I’ve asked him. Thank God he didn’t know (he flies with a different one and uses a different jargon for that) , i felt so dumb when I googled it and discovered they we’re actually saying 1 L and R bla bla cross checked, L and R, not Eleanor, of course.

    I’ll promise I’ll follow your blog and be more careful on the questions I’ll ask my friend. Don’t forget that we outsiders feel like you guys are in heaven 🙂

    Cheers, V.

    • no, you should ask him all the questions. Now that you know it’s a running joke amongst flight attendants you can really drive him crazy 🙂
      I’m shocked Google had an answer for Eleanor. It just goes to show you what all info is at our disposal these days! I think some people say Eleanor on purpose. They also like to say Cross-dressed instead of Cross-checked

  7. LMAO! I did at least 20 different searches to figure out that result, painful but effective. Next time on AA I’ll pay attention on the cross-dressed as well. I’m 100% positive that many FAs said Eleanor on purpose 🙂

  8. The full gay version is “prepare your hair for departure and cross dress.” I have just discovered your blog via Heather Poole. Been reading hers for awhile now. As a 22 year flight attendant, I always enjoy reading other F/A’s perspectives on the job; that of the straight male is particularly interesting. You shouldn’t be so sure you look awful to women while wearing your party clothes. We have some straight guy F/A’s at my airline that get quite a bit of play. It’s hideous polyester, true, but ya gotta know how to work it.

  9. i think u got great job, wish i could travel a lot like u. Nice different side of story

  10. Hey, just a quick note letting you know I’ve linked you in this post.

  11. Hey Brian, my name’s Andrew. I came across your blog while researching to become a flight attendant. I’m a 23 year old college grad / recently laid off journalist living in Nashville, TN. One of the reasons I want to become a flight attendant is of course to travel (no surprise there) — I’ve been trying to get back to Belfast, Northern Ireland since I studied there years ago for instance. Aer Lingus is currently hiring for Dulles, VA; I’m going to apply. Any advice before I start applying there and elsewhere? Should I learn a 2nd language to better my chances and career path (I was thinking German)? I have years of experience in communications, customer service and retail.

    • well you’re more than qualified already. The airlines love degrees and any customer service experience. Most Euro carriers are huge on second languages since most flights are to other countries. If it’s going to be a long process for you to learn German, forget about it and try to get hired right now. If they turn you down then you can learn while you regroup. Just be confident and friendly in your interview, but don’t take it over. For some reason they don’t like it when you say you want the job bc you “love to travel and want to see the world.” I have no idea why that is, it seems like as good of a reason as any, but don’t say it! Research the airline and find out what they’re all about and what their strengths are. Knowledge of their operation will defs impress the interviewers. Good luck, you sound alot like me. I was a Photo-journalism Major and went from journalism to flying when I was 23 as well!

  12. Okay, that was helpful. That bit about not mentioning you like to travel? Now I know why I blew interview four out of four. I even pulled out my family photos of me and my kid and husband next to my dads airplane. I said…”It’s genetic.” Pathetic. No wonder the serious guy started laughing! And here I was all proud I got him to smile. Oh sad, sad, sad me. The country bumpkin on Maui…Its not ALL bad tho….at least I’ve got the beach to snivel on. LOL at your blog. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see the book!

    • Awww, it sounds like you had a good interview. I think the photos would’ve clinched it! Sorry it didn’t work out, but enjoy your island paradise! I still have no idea why you’re not supposed to say the thing about loving to travel and being a people person. No clue!!!

  13. I love how you totally insulted everyone with “real employment” who works 9 to 5 hours – you know, the ones who fly and pay your salary. It’s also charming that you give away the company’s alcohol to get sex partners. I’m sure the airline loves that! You’re awesome!

    • Yipes Chris, you seem a little mad.

      A 9 – 5 job isn’t the end all and be all. And they certainly are not the only consumers of airline flights.

      My mother and father never had traditional desk jobs and yet we travel quite frequently as well and thus help pay salaries too. (My mother worked as a seamstress and put me through private school while my dad did construction work on a freelance basis–if you’re wondering.)

      Anyways, I’ll most likely do the 9 – 5 thing at some point. But that’s because I enjoy marketing and business and that kind of stuff. My dad liked working with his hands. My mom liked sewing. Brian apparently likes travel. Different strokes for different folks.

      Anyways, thanks for the insight of FA life with this blog, Brian! I wanted to be a flight attendant when I was little, but then I decided against it since customer service, answering people’s little questions and all that drive me insane, personally. But I still have that lingering interest, so I live vicariously through other people’s blogs. :p

  14. Hi Brian! Was looking up Crew Juice recipes when I ran across your blog! We’ve got a site you may like (and bring your recipe with you!) jetjoose.com–it’s for flight crew, by flight crew! Stop by when you can!

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