A lot of our passengers imagine that we humble cabin crew are spawns of the satan himself, particularly if we offload them for being too drunk, ask them to stow their baggage, open their window blind, or heaven forbid we run out of the hen choice and might solely provide them beef.
So I used to be stunned once I found that the Church had created a Patron Saint of Flight Attendants, again in 1962.
Right here is her story.
Born in 1156 in Pisa, Italy Santa Bona was mentioned to have been capable of see visions of Christ and the Virgin Mary from an early age.
Throughout one such imaginative and prescient, she is reported to have been chased by James the Larger after seeing him, Jesus and The Virgin Mary. James then led her again to the picture of Jesus, who held out his hand to her.
After this she devoted the remainder of her life to Saint James and have become an Augustinian tertiary. Properly I assume being chased by a lifeless saint and having Jesus himself attempting to carry your hand would freak out even the calmest of individuals.
She subsequently took half in common fasting, consuming solely bread and water three days per week; considerably just like the fad-diets many people ladies and boys strive onboard at present, in an try to squeeze into our occasion frocks down-route. Nonetheless, I assume it’s higher than consuming crew meals.
A cheerful and adventurous baby, Bona at all times needed to discover what lay outdoors her small residence city. At simply 14 years outdated she made the primary of many lengthy and treacherous journeys, that might subsequently result in her sainthood. Bona had gone to go to her father, who was preventing within the crusades close to Jerusalem. However on her manner again to Pisa, she was captured by Islamic pirates within the Mediterranean. Wounded and imprisoned, she would later be rescued by a few of her countrymen and ultimately returned residence.
However nothing daunted Bona and he or she didn’t keep in Pisa for lengthy. She quickly set out on one other pilgrimage, main many on the harmful thousand mile journey to Santiago De Compostela, the place James the Larger is honoured.
Following the journey, she was made one of many official guides for this pilgrimage by the Knights Of Saint James; guaranteeing people who travelled the route, had stowed their hand baggage, fixed their seat-belts, knew the place the emergency exits have been and most significantly arrived in a single piece.
Santa Bona accomplished the journey ten instances. Nevertheless, on the tenth journey she turned in poor health and handed away on her return, aged simply 51. Her physique was discovered within the room she stored close to the church of San Martino in Pisa, the place it nonetheless lies to at the present time.
In 1962 the Roman Catholic Pope, John XXIII canonised her as Bona Of Pisa, Patron Saint of Flight Attendants and her feast day is widely known on Might 29 every year.
This superb girl took care of hundreds of travellers on their pilgrimages, lengthy earlier than man had even taken to the skies.
At this time issues are very totally different and cabin crew must put up with quite a bit quite a lot of rowdy pilgrims. Abusive, drunken and violent passengers, lengthy working hours and airways which are always battling to remain in enterprise.
So at present, as you’re taking to the skies simply keep in mind that we’re all saints. We’ve to be to maintain smiling by all of the crap!
For extra unbelievable tales of the heroes and heroines of our trade head over to our ‘Angels Of The Sky’ part.