Trans States Flight Attendant Adopts Cat from Animal Rescue Group in Puerto Rico

The great thing about airline employee flight benefits is that you can use them however you choose! You can travel to a serene tropical paradise for vacation, travel within state limits over a weekend, or even arrange a travel to Orlando to adopt an animal in need from Puerto Rico. When Trans States Flight Attendant Rebecca Reid found out about a cat named Louie, she knew in her heart that it was meant for her to adopt him. Read more to learn how Rebecca discovered Louie, the process she took to adopt him, and how he is adjusting to his new home.

Rebecca and First Officer Randi Schildknecht met while flying the line together. Through their newfound friendship, conversations about pets and Louie in particular blossomed. Randi had previously lived in Puerto Rico, and her neighbor worked for Friends of Culbera Animals, Inc., a nonprofit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals.

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Randi and Rebecca after uniting with Louie in the Orlando Airport.

“Randi sent me a picture of a tiny black and white kitten that needed a home,” Rebecca said. “She knew I was a lover of cats, and thought that Louie would make a great addition to our family. After a few hours of staring at the adorable kitten’s photo and after speaking with my husband, I made up my mind that I was going to provide Louie’s new home.”

Once Rebecca reached a decision, her journey of adopting the adorable kitten from Puerto Rico began immediately.

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Rebecca adopted Louie from a nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico.

Rebecca used her flight benefits to fly from St. Louis to Orlando and waited for Louie to arrive in Orlando. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to her meeting point at no cost, and was even more thrilled to welcome Louie to his new home. As an advocate for pets, Rebecca encourages her colleagues and friends to consider pet adoption in locations that need it most.

“I strongly encourage my fellow crew members to adopt outside of their hometowns!  Since Hurricane Maria’s aftermath, Puerto Rico has found itself left with many homeless pets,” Rebecca said.

All is well in the Reid’s household with their newest furry friend, Louie. According to Rebecca, Louie is doing great and seems to be adjusting well to his new home and cat siblings.

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Rebecca’s cat, Louie, is enjoying is new family in St. Louis.

“We let him socialize with his furry sisters a lot each day, so they all can become more acquainted with one another,” Rebecca said. “My husband and I also have a guest room specifically dedicated to Louie for him to indulge in play and other activities he chooses to do.

Explore our flight attendant careers page to learn more about Trans States Airlines’ open positions and benefits. https://bit.ly/2Gh8xaS

 

 

New Trans States Flight Attendant Follows Her Mother’s Career Path

Growing up, Lauren Allsup knew the career path she wanted to pursue from seeing her mother, Karen Allsup go to work everyday as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines. Her mother’s strong work ethic and genuine passion for impacting others’ lives through excellent customer service is where her inspiration stems from. Read more to learn how Lauren’s mother inspires her career path and the advice her mother gives her to have a fulfilling and lasting career.

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Karen Allsup pins her daughter, Lauren Allsup’s flight attendant wings on her.

“When I was younger I noticed the twinkle, my mother had in her eyes, and the big grin across her face before leaving for work. She had a genuine glow that showed me that being a flight attendant wasn’t just a job for her, but it was what she loved,” Lauren said. “Once she put on her uniform she stood a little taller and made it her mission to always treat others with respect and dignity. Seeing her possess all of those great traits in her position showed me what it means to have a truly meaningful career.”

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Lauren and her classmates at their flight attendant graduation.

Choosing the right airline to fly for can be challenging for some, but for Lauren the decision was easy. Lauren saw how friendly and welcoming Trans States’ flight attendant recruiters were, which led her to work with the airline.

“I chose to work with Trans States because it was close to home, and I knew it would be a great start into my career. Trans States offers everything I look for in a career and more. This company truly feels like a family.” Lauren said.

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Lauren and some of her classmates at their graduation.

Trans States flight attendants complete training for six-weeks at our Flight Attendant Training Center in St. Louis, MO. During the training, candidates are expected to pass a hands-on evaluation on the Embraer-145 aircraft, along with other tests.

“Trans States’ Flight Attendant Training Program was challenging, but very helpful and informative. I did exceptional through the training program because of my excellent instructor Kim and my classmates, who all served as a great support system for me,” Lauren said.

With more than 15-years of experience as a flight attendant, Karen has a wealth of knowledge to give to her daughter to succeed in the aviation industry. One piece of advice from her mother that Lauren lives by is to always smile!

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Karen Allsup was a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines for 15 years.

“My mother told me to always smile even in difficult situations. The situation may appear hard, but in the long run you will get through it.” Lauren said. “Some things won’t always come easy, but it’s important to take a deep breath and know that you will conquer it!” Lauren said.

Visit the Trans States website for more information on flight attendant careers: https://bit.ly/2Gh8xaS

 

Finding Love on the Line: Trans States Captain and Flight Attendant Take Engagement Photos in the Hangar

Captain Thomas Thai and Flight Attendant Emily Breeden met four years ago in the Trans States crew room, so it was only right to take their engagement photos with the Embraer 145 that brought them together.

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Trans States Flight Attendant Emily Breeden and her fiance, Captain Thomas Thai.

“I taught Emily how to bid on flights so that she could arrange the best possible schedule,” Captain Thai said. “I enjoyed teaching her how to bid and sharing information about the company, while getting to know her in the process.”

Emily appreciated Captain Thai’s effort and willingness to share his knowledge. While the couple was initially captivated by each other, they took their time to enjoy a working relationship. After many trips flying together, their chemistry grew.

“I thought he was handsome and very charming. He knew how to keep the conversation interesting, and he was a great teacher,” Emily said.

Captain Thai confessed his love and asked for Emily’s hand in marriage on Christmas Day last year in front of their family and friends.

“I immediately said yes when Thomas proposed,” Emily said. “Of course, I want to spend the rest of my life with him. He’s such a loving and very caring person. I couldn’t ask for a better soulmate.”

When asked about the working dynamic, the pair agreed that it was quite enjoyable to work and travel together.

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Trans States Captain Thomas Thai and Flight Attendant Emily Breeden take engagement photos in the hangar.

“It’s really nice to work together, because we don’t have to miss each other as much while we’re away. We enjoy the quality time together while working with a great company,” Captain Thai said.

The couple’s wedding is set for May 12, 2019 on Mother’s Day in Baltimore, Maryland.  Join us in congratulating Captain Thai and Emily Breeden and wishing them a joyous marriage.

Trans States Flight Attendants Recognized for Excellence

This quarter our codeshare, United Airlines, had 65 nominations for the UAXcellence recognition program.  Out of a total of 18 award-winners, Trans States had six flight attendants win the prestigious award! Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Reid, Alisha Nieshe, Sheryl Smith, Opal Gunn, Aryen Barr, and Michelle Scarfino, on a job well done. United considers awardees to be high-performers who regularly go above and beyond their duties with superior quality and results. Read some of their stories below:

REBECCA REID

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Trans States Airlines Flight Attendants, Alisha Nieshe and Rebecca Reid. Both are recognized as UAXcellence winners.

My grandparents raised me, so I grew up around airplanes as my grandpa was in the Air Force/Air National Guard. He was stationed in STL at Lambert and I would go to work with him when I was little and get to play on the airplanes and hangout at his office. I loved every minute of it!

I started flying when I was 19 years old at Trans States Airlines. I came across the interview by mistake as I thought I was going to interview for an Airport Customer Service Runner. Well, after the interview to be a flight attendant I was hooked. I was at TSA for about a year and then I went to TWA. TWA was a STL staple, so I was only overjoyed that I got to work at such an iconic airline. After 9/11 I was furloughed from TWA and returned to TSA. I was happy to return to my “family” and to be able to keep flying. I was at TSA another 2 years and then I took a departure from flying to attend school. From the moment I left I missed it. Once flying is in your soul you can’t let it go. Life went on and about 10 years had passed, and I came to realize that you only get one life. You might as well spend it doing what you love. I was very grateful to be able to return TSA and this time not only to some of the same wonderful people I had worked with before but with a new-found respect and gratitude that I was going to be able to do what I loved to do for a living again.

I have now been here for four years this coming September and I am grateful and honored every day. I am now a check airman and help in the inflight department with flow of flight. I love being a check airman as I get to meet the new trainees and see them apply all of their new-found knowledge.

SHERYL D. SMITH

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Trans States Airlines Flight Attendant, Sheryl D. Smith

I’ve had the pleasure of working for Trans States for three years and 10 months. I love setting and maintaining the mood of gladness on each flight!  I never know what someone’s day held for them prior to them approaching the main cabin door. Therefore, I discard anything non-positive, because those valuable customers who crossed my threshold, have usually never met me. Whatever may have them not feeling their happiest, initiated before we saw one another, and I never internalize that energy.  Those who’ve been on one of my flights gladly say, “It’s good to see you again!”

It gives me great pleasure knowing each passenger exits the same main cabin door with thankfulness for my service, appreciation of my smile throughout my announcements on the flight, joy from my personalization using names with each passenger and appreciation of my professionalism! Those emotions are frequently accompanied with a pat on the shoulder, handshake, a fist bump, even a hug or occasional request to be photographed together!

I take none of it lightly! From 50 passengers plus a Jumpseater and lap children, to 1 passenger on his “personal jet,” every flight gets the very best I have to offer.

ARYEN J. BARR

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Trans States Airlines Flight Attendant, Aryen J. Barr

Most people know me as AJ and I’m ORD based flight attendant. I have been with Trans States for four years and have had the time of my life! What I love most about being a flight attendant is getting to opportunity to meet various people from around the world with unique experiences. Learning about these people has helped me become a better person. Whether it’s a beautiful travel day and we’re 45 minutes early or we’re behind schedule, getting to know the people I encounter and trying to make their lives better brings me joy.

 

MICHELLE MANTIA-SCARFINO

michelle scarfinoI’ve worked at Trans States airlines since 2014. What I love about flying is serving customers and having the opportunity to interact with them. I try to call every passenger by name, which they love, and treat them like they are a guest in my home. No matter what they may have experienced prior to walking through that main cabin door, I try to create a positive and pleasant experience for them while on board. My goal is always to treat everyone the way I would like to be treated.

To learn more about becoming a Trans States flight attendant, click here: https://bit.ly/2Gh8xaS. To nominate a current employee for Trans States’ Above and Beyond program, click here: https://bit.ly/2rHSLR5.

State-of-the-Art Cabin Trainer Takes Trans States to the Forefront of Inflight Training

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The Inflight Management team celebrates the arrival of a new, state-of-the-art cabin trainer at our St. Louis corporate headquarters.

There’s a lot that a Trans States flight attendant has to learn before they’re released from training –  and it goes beyond providing exceptional customer service.  Flight attendants are there for our passengers’ safety, and the majority of their training centers around safety-related drills and exercises.  Our flight attendants spend weeks practicing everything from inflight medical emergencies and emergency equipment operation, to emergency evacuation procedures.

However, some of this training simply can’t be done in a classroom – it has to be done on an actual aircraft so that the practice situation will be as close as possible to what a flight attendant will face in real life.  “For example, flight attendants are responsible for evacuating passengers during an emergency situation,” explained Shonn Clark, Director of Inflight Services at Trans States.  “Before they are ever allowed to fly with passengers, our flight attendants have to demonstrate that they can execute an emergency evacuation on an actual Trans States Airlines Embraer 145 aircraft.”

Until recently, the only option our flight attendants had for getting critical hands-on training was waiting for one of our aircraft to become available at our maintenance hangar.  Since aircraft can only be used for training purposes after their scheduled flights are complete and after any scheduled maintenance has been performed, it was often the middle of the night before our flight attendants were able to start their drills. However, the recent installation of our new cabin trainer changed that.

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Practically and functionally, the cabin trainer looks and performs exactly like a static aircraft.  In fact, minus a few rows of seats, the interior perfectly mimics the interior of our Embraer 145 aircraft, which make it the ideal flight attendant training tool.  “The attention to detail is amazing,” Shonn remarked.  “It actually feels like you’re sitting in one of our aircraft.”

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The cabin trainer has the exact same emergency equipment as our actual aircraft, and has been certified by the FAA for use in medical, firefighting, and emergency evacuation drills.  It can even simulate smoke in the cabin, providing an unprecedented level of reality to training exercises.  The cabin trainer can also be used for non-emergency training, such as the practicing the beverage service and learning to use the PA system to communicate with passengers and the flight deck.

In addition to providing a top-notch training environment, the cabin trainer has also expedited the training process.  “Our overall training footprint has actually decreased, as the trainer is always at our disposal,” explained Shonn.  “In the past, there would be times when we were ready to start our drills, but had to wait for an aircraft to come available at the hangar.”

As one of just a few regional airlines with an on-site cabin trainer, Trans States is now at the forefront of inflight training.  “My team was excited when they first heard that we’d be getting a cabin trainer,” concludes Shonn, “and now that we have it, they couldn’t be happier.”

If you’d like to join our team of flight attendants, click here to learn more.