I’ve been following flight attendant and author Heather Poole on the internet since 2008, and I’ve been looking forward to the release of her book ever since I learned she was working on it way back then. Even after four years of anticipation and buildup, Cruising Attitude was interesting, fresh, and exciting in every page.
Heather Poole has been a flight attendant for a major US carrier for 15 years, and her book explores every aspect of that exotic lifestyle that most people can never really imagine. World travel, celebrities, family life, dating, all those rules, and of course, problem passengers.
It’s a riveting memoir full of hilarious and outrageous stories, but it’s also an enlightening read for anyone who travels by air. A big part of a flight attendant’s job is smiling all the time, so most passengers probably assume they’re happy and never think twice about the fact that these are people with regular emotions. They’ve heard all the flirting and sweet talk before, and that’s not going to score you a free drink. You know what might work? Eye contact. Please and thank you. Regular human decency. Chocolate helps, too. Maybe it should be common sense, but from Poole’s experiences, it’s clear that many people are clueless when it comes to how to behave on a plane, and the stories that result are hilarious.
This book is not just an entertaining read — it will make you a better passenger. And it’s the perfect way to pass the time on your next cross-country flight.