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The perfect InFlight Read!
-- Kim - KPTV


If you ever wanted to know the in's and out's of a flight attendants career, check it out!
-- Aimee Hurst 


Planely Speaking
 is a quick, yet enjoyable read leading readers on a turbulent journey of emotions including joy, anger and empathy. 

--Jennifer Huber - Suite101.com

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Bobby Laurie, author of the book Planely Speaking and co-host of The Crew Lounge Podcast, currently works as a Flight Attendant at a low-cost airline and as a freelance journalist.
After graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in Mass Media Communication, Bobby combined his passion for both journalism and travel by writing about the travel industry through his insider knowledge and personal experiences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: More News Later Media (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557477131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557477135
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, written by Bobby Laurie, a very active blogger on various sites, including his very own. He also hosts a collaborative podcast show every week with a few other co-hosts that are also flight attendants. I have read his blog on multiple occasions, and become excited when I found out that he was publishing a book. After receiving the book and when I began to read it, I realized that this was more of a blog book; most of the book is comprised of previous blog posts, some edited for publishing. However, to his credit, there are portions of the book that are exclusive to the book only, from at least what I've seen on his posts.
While there are a few spelling and grammar mistakes throughout (understandable since this is a low-budget creation), the book brings the message across that the job of flight attendants are not as easy as it may seem. After reading the countless stories in this book, you will have a new appreciation for flight attendants, and will be aware of various aspects of your next flight, for which you were probably never aware of before.
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I'm a flight attendant and I laughed so much reading this book. It was very accurate and definitely relatable. Definitely been there done that and might have had the same passenger a few times over! LOL. Definitely a must read if you would like an accurate and inside look into our lives.
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If you're looking for a polished, edited memoir of a flight attendant's career, look elsewhere. This book is essentially a flight attendant's blog, put together as a book without ever being in the same zip code as a professional editor. As such, it is rife with spelling and grammatical errors, and the layout of the book is at times confusing. Each new chapter in my kindle version was started with a big letter "Q" and there were blog comments peppered throughout that might have worked if they were applied consistently, but come across as something they couldn't figure out how to remove.

So that aside, what is actually communicated in the book is actually kinda fun. There's no shortage of anecdotes, which are somewhat categorized and grouped into chapters. For instance, Chapter Q is about training to become a flight attendant; Chapter Q is about specific anecdotes regarding elderly passengers; while Chapter Q is about mean-spirited passengers.

It's easy reading, once you can get past the lack of style and editing, and I can't complain too much since it was offered as a free book from Amazon. Early on when I was reading it, I kept thinking, "It's free, so I can't get my money back. Maybe I can get my wasted time back?" At the end, though, I still read the entire thing. I could have put it down and given up, but it was so short, it was easy enough to breeze through.

Caveat emptor. If you can get it for free, it's worth every penny.
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I enjoyed this book very much and I'm glad I got it. It's worth reading. I enjoyed the different stories he told about passengers: some were funny, some were maddening, some were poignant. It was also interesting to learn about life as a flight attendant. It's not as glamorous or high-paying as one might think. I only wish the book was longer.
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Anyone interested in a flight attendant career needs read Planely Speaking before you apply. Bobby's book gives fantastic insight into the not so glamorous life and great tips on what to expect when applying. I wish I had information like this years ago before I got into this crazy business! Pick up your copy today!
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I haven't read a book before about flight attendants and was happy to be entertained by this one. Bobby has a likeable voice which easily overcame minor irritations with grammar and such. The book was geared toward helping someone become a flight attendant with the info on how he became one, and ending with a chapter on how to become one. My favorite part was reading the stories of interacting with passengers and wish there had been more of that.

I gained some new respect for flight attendants and sympathy for what they have to go through. Next flight I'm on, I'm going to try to say something nice & encouraging and not take them for granted. They are, after all, the people who could save my life in a crisis. Not only that, they serve drinks.
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I enjoyed this book, it's not the greatest writing in the world but as an aviation nut, who has spent way too long in airports and on aircraft, I enjoyed reading the perspective of the guys on the other side of the trolly.
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Pretty much all I came away with from this book was how much this person hates dealing with the public, which really makes you wonder why he ever signed on.

From beginning to end the sarcastic tone was extremely over the top. The open disdain he holds for the public he is supposed to be serving all but invites the kind of treatment he claims he was at times subjected to by passengers and crew. He all but crows, while internally laughing with devilish glee, as he relates each and every time he put this person or that person in his or her place. He makes sure you know too whatever pithy zinger was used (or thought, when he didn't have the actual gall to say it out loud) to bring his foe down to their quivering knees.

I have a great respect for flight attendants and have no doubt that there are many instances when they are treated unfairly and unjustly. I also agree that they are overworked and underpaid.

But this guy and his "Holier than thou" attitude, I have no trouble believing openly invited, if not incited, more than half of the confrontations he so painstakingly and in great detail related. I mean, come on, devoting pages to the fact that one passenger passed out DVD's for a money making scheme when you were so sure he was about to reward you with chocolates instead?

For what exactly would you be so deserving of a reward in that particular instance? And then you just (internally only, yet again) proceeded to rip him a new one for not recognizing your obvious brilliance.

And it was annoying how the author would include snippets of emails in between paragraphs with quotes from readers, usually flight attendants themselves, to show how they praised him for getting the truth out there in such a brilliant and forthright fashion.
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