One of my incredible daughters works for an airline that offers free stand-by flying for parents of employees. I love this company. How often are parents recognized, let alone rewarded? My daughter works hard and loves her job and I love that she loves her job!
Stand-by flying is not an experience for the faint of heart, or those lacking patience, which I admit, I struggle with occasionally. It is getting on a plane that has available seating before taking off–empty seats that haven’t been purchased. I’m not sure how a person can fly this way for the heck of it, but it is tricky and requires a sense of adventure and a love of airports–a lot of time is spent there.
My first experience was flying to her graduation for her training as a flight attendant. I was completely lost. I had priority stand-by but still didn’t get on two flights and wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. Her sister (who was her flight buddy) couldn’t get out of the airport in our small town. Thankfully I made it, arriving late, and was able to pin her wings on her the next day. It was June first, the day her dad passed away ten years earlier. I was so proud. Getting this position and finishing the training wasn’t easy and it was a beautiful day to celebrate something so positive.
Since that day I have flown throughout the US and to Europe. Rarely has there been a flight without a hitch.
I love to travel and this takes it to the next level. I’m grateful and excited to share my adventures. Don’t get me wrong, there is some grumbling involved, I apologize ahead of time, and always go back to the incredible privilege I have, take a deep breath and say a prayer for an available seat–or two if my husband and I are flying together.
Maybe you’ll encourage your kids to pursue a career in the flight industry. It may sound selfish…. Well, if it is, it’s nice to have parent perks. Though don’t be misled by the wanderlust, you need a lot of extra time and flexibility but it’s a great way to see the world!