Miss All Over the Place [Kate Mitchell], is a NYC based flight attendant and adventurer from Texas, currently residing in the Garden State. She can't stay in one place for long, and is a lover of performance, art, food, travel, and trying all things new. To keep up, follow her lifestyle and travel blog, MissAllOverThePlace.com!

The Perfect Passenger [As Told by a Flight Attendant]

With a schedule that has me in the air 100+ hours per month, I experience my fair share of passengers. And while I appreciate them all (truly, even if they’re difficult they still put food on the table), I can’t help but talk about what I believe makes up the perfect passenger.   #1 BOARDING It’s always so helpful when passengers are prepared to board the aircraft. All it takes is to have everything you’ll need during the flight already out, or tucked in your smaller carry-on (the one that goes underneath the seat). That way you don’t cause...

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Carry On Essentials for Your Next Long-Haul Flight

As a flight attendant that takes her benefits seriously, traveling has become practically a formula. Most domestic flights can fly by forcing a nap, but those international flights are no joke. In order for me to maintain my sanity (and hygiene!), I’ve created a checklist of must-haves for your next long-haul flight!     1. Headphones Okay, so this one is a no brainer, BUT TRUST ME PEOPLE FORGET. Most flights nowadays can provide these, but they usually only have the uncomfortable cheap ones. It’s also so easily an oversight for the airline, and then you’re stuck staring at...

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Athens, Greece IN UNDER 3 HOURS

You heard it right! Last month I got the call from crew scheduling I had been DYING for, and I got to work to Athens (one of the most senior of trips). Since I unwillingly spent my first day catching up on sleep, I had to make up for lost time. Below I account how I took on this great city in under 3 hours! Acropolis | Athens, Greece To begin I should be straightforward and say that I naturally woke up at 3:00am. Flight attendants are certainly not immune to the strains of jet lag. I had to...

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What ACTUALLY Went Wrong at United’s Leggings-Gate

Earlier this week, two teenage girls were barred from boarding a United flight because they were wearing leggings. By now, we’ve all heard about the drama. We saw the media erupt with articles and memes, with a sprinkle of celebrity outbursts on Twitter. Most of these public reactions intended to expose what seemed like sexism, but as always, there’s more than one side to the story. As a flight attendant, frequent pass rider and airport regular, I’m here to tell you what ACTUALLY went wrong at the now trending #LeggingsGate.   First of all, these weren’t normal passengers. The...

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Why Allowing Voice Calls on Flights is a TERRIBLE Idea

The DOT recently opened the door to regulating voice calls inflight. Accessibility to things like Skype and Face Time only require a Wifi connection, which is available (theoretically) on most flights. Coming from a flight attendant perspective, I think allowing voice calls is a bad idea all together. I have yet to experience a live call on a flight, but I’m not too eager for it’s introduction. I like to think of airplane cabin decency as similar to a library. Each passenger is expected to stay within their personal space. Sure there is some conversation and inevitable shuffling for the restroom,...

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A Flight Attendant’s First Reaction to United’s New “Basic Economy” Policy

United Airlines recently announced a Basic Economy option for revenue customers. This comes as no surprise, seeing as air travel continues to become less luxury and more commodity. Here I outline some of the major changes, and my take on their impact:   Seat Assignments Policy: Automated seat assignments will be given at check-in, and passengers acknowledge at the point of a multi-seat purchase that seating together is not guaranteed. Reaction: While it’s great to offer lower fares, I foresee this policy being a big headache. I’ve been approached many times to move people around, although as a flight attendant...

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Flight Attendant Secrets Revealed: The Reality Behind Life in a Suitcase

I’m taking this month’s Flight Attendant Secrets Revealed in a different direction. I have just now rounded in on a year with this new career, and the lifestyle has fully set in. To say it’s all been easy would be a lie. I’m here to be nothing but transparent, and invite you into the reality of what life is really like in a suitcase. Dreamer Meet Doer Anyone will tell you becoming a flight attendant (or pilot for that matter) is an absolute lifestyle change. No one just accidentally ends up in this career, it takes a lot of intentionality to get that...

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I Found an Airplane Wifi Loophole You Wouldn’t Believe!

Calling all iPhone users, I’ve got some exciting news for you! Your beloved Apple device has a loophole in the inflight Internet system! It’s well known that to send iMessages, all you need is access to Wifi. Even on airplane mode, texts can fly between iPhones. I’ve found this especially useful when traveling abroad to keep from using international data. So back to my point, here’s the loophole you’ve been waiting to hear:   You can iMessage in the sky without purchasing Internet!   Beautiful. One more way to cut down on those travel expenses. Now my group texts no longer have...

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Day 4: New York City Guide to Downtown Manhattan

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 Welcome to Day 4 of my method to the madness that is New York City! Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to these must-see spots, divided into a 4 day itinerary. I’ll also include transit information to help you get from place to place — let’s go! Day 4 – Downtown Manhattan (Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive) Brooklyn Bridge Brooklyn Bridge Photo: National Review – Leung Photography One of the most recognizable bridge in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge is the most scenic connection between the borough and Manhattan. Take a stroll...

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Day 3: New York City Guide to Lower Manhattan

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 4 Welcome to Day 3 of my method to the madness that is New York City! Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to these must-see spots, divided into a 4 day itinerary. I’ll also include transit information to help you get from place to place — let’s go! Day 3- Lower Manhattan (350 5th Ave) Empire State Building Empire State Building Photo: esbnyc.com Don’t miss this staple in the New York skyline. The Empire State Building is the 102-story skyscraper that gave the Empire State (New York) it’s nickname. Famously the lights at the...

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