Around the World in a Bad Mood!: Confessions of a Flight Attendant

Overview

A hilarious slant on the culture of airline travel — by a flight attendant who's logged more in-flight hours than Federal Express.

Around the World in a Bad Mood is a center seat on an oversold flight to laughter. And there's no one better qualified than flight attendant Rene Foss to pilot readers through this absurd world.

We've all experienced it: the flight to Pittsburgh that ended up in Topeka, the flight...

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Overview

A hilarious slant on the culture of airline travel — by a flight attendant who's logged more in-flight hours than Federal Express.

Around the World in a Bad Mood is a center seat on an oversold flight to laughter. And there's no one better qualified than flight attendant Rene Foss to pilot readers through this absurd world.

We've all experienced it: the flight to Pittsburgh that ended up in Topeka, the flight that couldn't land because of weather delays in Chicago, and the cross-country flight with six screaming babies, twelve toddlers, and three drunks in coach.

Based on Rene Foss's musical revue of the same name which Tom Brokaw called "A first-class ticket to laughs," this hilarious book confronts every aspect of a flight attendant's absurd world — from the endless array of passenger demands, to the secret language of flight attendants, and a unique version of the "Safety Demo Shuffle."

Fasten your seatbelt and prepare yourself for a side-splitting perspective on the trials and tribulations of air travel.

Rene Foss, a second-generation flight attendant, has been an employee of a major airline for 16 years. She is the writer and star of the musical revue, Around the World in a Bad Mood, which was performed in Minneapolis, New York, and other major cities. She has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Court TV's Crier Today. A native of Minneapolis, she currently lives in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

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Rene Foss shares her tales of mayhem at high altitudes with readers in Around the World in a Bad Mood, a wildly funny memoir of life as a flight attendant. Foss, who has also turned her experiences in the air into a hit musical, relates tales of egotistical pilots, medical emergencies, upgrade-obsessed passengers, and nightmare layovers.
Library Journal
A flight attendant for 16 years, Foss developed a musical revue based on her experience, "Around the World in a Bad Mood," which has been performed in various cities since February 2000. In this print version, she candidly describes the inconvenience of flying from the perspective of a flight attendant, who constantly must handle complaints, delays, food service, air rage, customer misbehavior, and confessions from other flight attendants, e.g., one ate the chocolate-covered strawberries meant for the customers. Chapters stand alone, describing different aspects of the culture of airline travel; one includes the lyrics to the "Safety Demo Shuffle." There are also insightful details about living in Manhattan in a small studio with a large number of roommates, about the flight attendant's complicated schedule, and about the profession's inevitable frustrations and exciting benefits. Bound to be popular owing to Foss's upbeat attitude and the appeal of the topic itself, this book belongs in large public libraries. Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Humorous (and not so humorous) sketches about the life of a flight attendant, a follow-up to the author's musical revue of the same title. Exposes by members of the service professions, from doctors and waiters to cab drivers and cops, are a publishing mainstay. Sixteen-year veteran flight attendant Foss knows the genre's requirements: (1) insider accounts of training, working, and scandal within the profession; (2) funny stories about encounters with the public. The author is at her best, however, when not trying so hard to be amusing. It's a jolt to learn that flight-attendant training shares much of the discipline and brutality of boot camp. Despite impressive perks (free air-travel anytime), the work itself is grueling; meanwhile, though, readers will enjoy the author's nuts-and-bolts description of her duties. Meal service up narrow aisles is a complex, by-the-numbers team effort quickly thrown into chaos when too many passengers decide to go to the bathroom. And a delightful chapter describes the attendant's interminable chore of collecting trash. Inevitably, the jokes and attempts at humor miss as often as they hit, though there are plenty of zingers ("How does a flight attendant say ‘Fuck you' to a passenger? ‘I'll be right back' "), and the rules for passengers are worth memorizing ("Never poke a flight attendant"). Anecdotes about passengers from hell are a staple, and many are amusing. Unwanted, though, are the lyrics and sketches from Foss's revue; they were probably entertaining when performed but shouldn't have been included here. It was also misguided to add a final chapter describing her in-the-air experiences on September 11, no matter how de rigueur it seems for writersthese days. Not quite as funny as it should be, but the behind-the-scenes peek at the flight attendant's life makes it mostly worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417722679
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding

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Rene Foss, a second-generation flight attendant, has been an employee of a major airline for 16 years. She is the writer and star of the musical review Around the World in a Bad Mood!, which has been performed in Minneapolis, New York, and other major cities. A native of Minneapolis, she currently lives in New York City.

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