Follow Your Dreams: Leslie Hernandez Chronicles Her Story of Becoming A Trans States Flight Attendant

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Leslie Hernandez poses for a pre-flight photo on Trans States’ Embraer-145 aircraft.

Traveling from city-to-city to provide passengers with excellent customer service and a smile is the career that Denver-based Flight Attendant Leslie Hernandez always aspired to have. After graduating from high school, she began laying the foundation to her dream career. Read more to learn how Leslie became a flight attendant, what she enjoys about being based in Denver, and why she loves Trans States’ close-knit company culture.

What inspired you to become a flight attendant?

Growing up, whenever my family and I traveled for vacations or to visit other family members we always flew. Every time I saw the flight attendants on the airplanes, I always envisioned myself becoming one of them some day. I loved how they carried themselves. They were always kind and very personable to all the passengers. I became so enamored with the flight attendant lifestyle, that I watched vlogs and read books about the occupation religiously.

What are the steps you took to become a flight attendant?

At the age of 18, I enrolled in a 5-month airline academy in Vancouver, WA to gain more knowledge and insight about aviation. Attending the academy was exciting, because it showed me more and more that this was the right career path for me. I was still only 18 when I completed the 5-month course, which meant that I was ineligible to apply for the airlines. Since I wasn’t 19 yet, I relocated to Alaska and accepted a seasonal position working for a cruise line in Alaska to help me manage my responsibilities.

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Leslie en-route to her first flight of the day.

Then, once I turned 19, I applied to work for Trans States Airlines and was invited to Denver for an interview. The recruiters I met at the interview were all very friendly! They welcomed me with open arms and truly made me feel comfortable. I did so well in the interview that the recruiters decided to hire me on the spot. The rest is history! I’ve now been with Trans States for almost two years and I absolutely love it here!

How was your experience in the training process?

My flight attendant training with Trans States was intensive because there were so many different subjects that I was responsible for learning. The goal of the training was to ensure that I knew what to do in any situation that could possibly happen.  During training I met some amazing people that I am still close with and consider to be good friends today.

What is your favorite memory from training?

My favorite memory from training was when myself and a few of my classmates used our flight benefits to travel to Chicago over the weekend for lunch. The trip gave me a little taste of what was next to come in my career.

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Trans States Flight Attendants from left to right: Rebecca Lee, Carla Franco, Leslie, and Alisha Nieshe.

Why do you love working at Trans States?

The people are what makes Trans States such a great company to work with. When I come into work every day, I look at my colleagues as more than coworkers – they’re my family. Everyone is always willing to help you if you don’t understand something, or have questions about anything. Another perk about Trans States is the passengers that I interact with on every flight. I love that I can meet people from all over the world and create memories with them that will last a lifetime. My work as a flight attendant isn’t just a career, it’s a lifestyle.

Walk us through a day in the life of a Denver-based flight attendant.

I’m based in Denver, Colorado, but I live in Norco, California, which is a city in Riverside County, California. Since I live in Norco, I commute back and forth to Denver. As a line-holder, I fly in one day prior to my trip to make sure that I am prepared when my flight begins. On the day of my trip, I report to the airport an hour prior to the flight departure and go to the crew lounge to check my mailbox. After I check my mailbox, I head out to the aircraft, and proceed with my pre-departure duties. My pre-departure duties consist of checking all the safety equipment and ensuring that the cabin is safe for the flight. Upon completing my duties, I board the flight and make sure that I provide an unforgettable experience for all my passengers.

What are some of your favorite overnights?

A few of my favorite overnights include Rapid City, South Dakota, and Great Falls, Montana. I love to travel to Rapid City in the summertime, and while I’m there I watch movies outside on a projector under the night sky. When I travel to Great Falls, I love to go bike-riding through the trail leading to the Giant Springs. After completing one-to-five flights a day, I’m always excited to reach my overnight and explore the new city that I’m in. Working for a regional airline has allowed me to see the smaller cities that I never knew existed; I’ve grown to love and appreciate those cities. There is something special in every overnight that Trans States has to offer – from the local restaurants and friendly people, to the amazing views flying over the snowy mountains in Denver.

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Beautiful waterfall from Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls, Montana.

Where do you love to travel, while using your flight benefits?

Traveling is a major passion of mine and I love to travel even when I’m off the clock. The perks of my flight benefits are that I can travel anywhere that I choose. Sometimes I use them to travel back home to California and visit my family, or I travel to New York to visit friends. One time I used my benefits to travel to Mexico with my mom and we relaxed on the beach.

What advice do you give to aspiring flight attendants?

My advice to aspiring flight attendants is to always know that the sky is the limit. You’re capable of achieving anything you put your mind to and if becoming a flight attendant is your dream job, then chase after it. Your dream is attainable if you remain positive and dedicated!

Do you have any goals you wish to achieve as you continue your career with Trans States?

The main goals I wish to accomplish is to continue to expand my knowledge of the company and travel to more international destinations during my personal time.

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Leslie strikes a pose at Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico.

To learn about our flight attendant careers, click here: http://www.transstates.net/careers/Pages/flight-attendants.aspx.

Flight attendant positions are available in our crew bases located in Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis. Apply now to be invited to an upcoming interview session! https://useast.appvault.com/jobs/searchjobs.aspx?v=transstatesrms

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