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Planely Speaking: Inflight Insight from Thirty Thousand Feet Paperback – July 18, 2011
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Planely Speaking is a quick, yet enjoyable read leading readers on a turbulent journey of emotions including joy, anger and empathy.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories are interesting, but the grammar and spelling are terrible. I think this is a "self" published book, so it could have used the help of an editor.Published 12 months ago by Peri Duncan
I laughed out loud while reading this book. Wonderfully written and informative. Nice to get a glimpse of the flight attendant lifestyle. 5 starsPublished 14 months ago by 265XUE
This book had me laughing out loud and sometimes embarrassing myself. The things people do are astonishing! I would say Bobbie Laurie is nothing less than entertaining! Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Casey Taylor
Somewhat interesting insight into the world of Flight Attendants, and the challenges they face from obnoxious passengers. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Stephen Wills
I don't know if this was just the Kindle version, but there were typos and grammatical errors all over the place. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Anon
This book was very informative and the stories are funny also. Gives you a whole other side of flight attendants.Published on May 19, 2013 by mgg34
No doubt, Bobby found his calling when he began telling his stories and answering quesitons about travel. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Scott Burkett
I enjoyed the stories about the customer interactions, it is always good to hear it happens to other people. Not so interested in the process of becoming an attendant. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Rob Coll
Being in the industry there are many times, I think to myself, "the public needs to know the truth...the 'plane truth'...". Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by elisa oh