Air Hostess, Flight crew, Cabin crew, sounds and appears so cool to us mere travelers. However there is a flip side to them, there is a lot of hardship and efforts that go into making and being one. Most of it goes unseen. Here are 10 major points that no one tells you about being a glamorous cabin crew for an airline - 1 - The unearthly work hours - Most crew on Domestic flights operate 4 or more sectors (that's more than 4 flights per day). Work hours are pretty much the same that one would see in a regular 9-5 job. Only this requires you to be prim, proper and ready at 4 am in the morning. For those doing international, this could be 12 AM even. This takes a toll on your health and appearance. 2 - The short off days - It's kinda hard to keep track of your off days, and working ones. Sometimes the day you end up home at 3AM, is the day you're supposed to be off. So most of your time is gone in simply sleeping off the exhaustion of the work day. The next day might be off as well, but then there is so much to be done! 3 - Even shorter stop overs - Gone are the days when an international stop over was a few days long. Now most crews operate flights with minimum rest (as stipulated by work requirements). So this has you flying overnight to an exciting destination, spending 24 hours catching up on sleep and rest, and then flying back next day. Nope, not much to see, look around, unless you really push yourself. 4 - The Pay - No longer the high playing glitzy job that it used to be. Cabin crew are flying with as little as 25,000 INR (a little over 400$) for some LCC in India. If you are extremely capable and hard working you might rise above the rest, along with a corresponding hike in salary. But if you're expecting that fat paycheck in 6 digits, you'll have to wait for quite sometime. International crew still manage that 6 digit pay check. 5 - The Allowances - Which have dried up. Earlier, cabin crew could run all their expenses thru the generous allowances they were given by their airline. Now a days, even that has dried up with basic allowances being paid for by the company. 6 - The harassment - For some reason, the profession of a cabin crew in India, carries with it an image of a loose moral female/male willing to do anything. Along with which follows the harassment, the flirting, the unnecessary hitting and being hit on etc etc. Not that there isn't a bad feather in every flock. Every industry has their black sheep, just that people tend to look at the Aviation industry crew more. 7 - The Service - It's been said ages over. Indian passengers make for some of the worst passengers in the world. And you've got to serve to them and keep them happy. Short of an Item number, nothing gets their attention. So it's a lot of back breaking work, making sure that your passenger is happy, while catering to each and every whim and fancy. Some crew don't even bother service with a smile, don't get agitated, try and find out why!! 8 - The competition - At a point of time in India around 2005-2010, there was an airline cabin crew training institute at every nook and corner in all major metros. Then they expanded further going to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. God knows how many people wasted tons of money on such institutes for their daughters and sons to become esteemed cabin crew. However no such thing happened, airlines shut down, others got merged and a lot of downsizing happened. What has this resulted in? Competition, a lot of competition between aspirants for limited, low paying jobs. The industry has a surplus, and there are no signs of upswing any time soon. 9 - The messed up life - Along with point number 6, if you are married, have kids etc etc, your life is essentially screwed. Your kids will see you come in at ungodly hours, probably not even get to see you. They'll be out playing on the weekend, while you sleep off that exhausting flight. It's a lot, and people with families do suffer a bit if not too much. 10 - The impossibility of a messed up life - Most airlines now openly flaunt binding contracts with their employees/cabin crew that prevents them from a) resigning before an X period of time (generally 3 years) b) Clause, that they cannot get married c) Cannot get pregnant d) Have to live on company property, in company provided apartments (so that they can be tracked/monitored/accounted for), and numerous others. International crew does have a better life, but some have the above issues tied to them. So think again if this is the line for you! With inputs from former cabin crew having over 25 years of experience between them, and a currently flying cabin crew member.