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Name: Melissa

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Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City

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Sunday, May 01, 2011
Greeting from my favorite breakfast hangout in Johannesburg - Tashas!

And I can tell you I'm really glad to be here after doing the unthinkable - No Show for a flight. Five years of working hard to keep a great personal record has now gone down the drain due to a small misjudgement of one day.

I know how it happened. After swapping onto the Perth flight I'd reduced my days off after the BKK-SYD from 2 days to one day, and since the Perth trip took up the same number of roster days as my original London trip I thought I had increased my number of days off afterwards from 2 to 3. It was really an increase from 1 day off to 2. Confused yet? I don't blame you.

So on my 'third day off' I saw my batch mate post on Facebook how stoked he was at getting such a great May roster, and immediately I went to the crew portal to see what the Scheduling Gods had granted me. To my horror I saw that instead of the trip number for Johannesburg the next day, I had instead AB/CU/CU. AB means Absent, CU means "Can Use", which are essentially short term reserve days. My stomach went into knots - not only was I no-show for the flight, it was a flight I actually liked! No breakfast at Tashas, no 50dh slab of Prime Rib with Baked Potato, Creamed Spinach and Gin and Tonic! It wasn't as if I no-showed for a Red-Eye Male turnaround.... Worse still was that I realised I no-showed a whopping 3 hours after the flight took off - much too late to put on the uniform and 'sign in' at work and then feign lateness.

I wrote to my manager after calling the office, and because it was a total no-show for the flight, and not just an absent for being late, I was now facing a verbal warning. Me? A Verbal Warning? But that only happens to the Zinc-clubbing set, not to me! He said that I didn't have much to worry about, just to be good for the next 6 months, but still, anything can happen in 6 months. Who knows if a passenger is having a stroppy day, sees my name badge and want to include my name in a complaint form without telling me?!? Then the verbal warning turns into a written warning and that changes everything...

So yes, a little stressed right now, and even though I had another Johannesburg flight straight after the one I missed, it still bothers me. Not really a nice way to spend Easter.

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