It was just yesterday when I went on reflecting on hardhitting times just as we all are facing now during COVID-19 lockdown days. This is not for the first time I am or rather we are facing adversity.
However 10 years back in 2010 there was a downfall in the aviation industry and I was a part of it. Many had lost their jobs and I was on the verge of losing mine. To give you a background, I was one of the few lucky ones who had the opportunity to work overseas. This was considered as a very lucrative job offer as a very handful of people got such career advantages. I worked for Singapore airlines as cabin crew and continued to work for there for the next 3 years.
One major thing that I observed about the Aviation industry is that it always proactively deals with flight safety issues. They use standard methods of PREDICTION, OBSERVATION and PREPARATION. This can be seen with practical statements like
“When this happens please…. or “What if…”
For Example affirmative safety statements like –What if the aircraft is going to impact on ground? (These are Positive words for an aircraft crash!)
The crew is supposed to secure the cabin, secure themselves and shout for BRACE…BRACE-HEADS DOWN STAY DOWN! What happens next can only be a survivors tale.
While on the job I had 2 such life curling moments when the Aircraft almost had ground impact. What I learned then was that I had my own way of bracing BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER the stressful situation.