Being Cabin Crew | The Ugly Truth Part 3

Table of Contents

Being Cabin Crew | The Ugly Truth Part 2

Page 1 – When Cabin Crew Tell Lies
Page 2 – Hideous Bunch of Misfits 
Page 3 – Writing Performance Appraisals 
Page 4 – Incompetent Middle Management

Being Cabin Crew | The Ugly Truth Part 4

Incompetent Middle Management

Having sent Bart’s performance review to his manager on 28th December I expected to hear from her fairly quickly. Not having heard anything after a few days I sent a second email but still heard nothing.

Some days later I spoke with my own manager and said I was concerned at not having heard from her. (this was my original manager).

He advised me to send an email to her manager which I did.

The following comes from evidence submitted as part of my appeal;

copy of written correspondence
From evidence I submitted as part of my appeal

Included in documentation received from cabin crew manager Lana who conducted the first investigation, I received the following email. It was from Bart’s manager to her manager;

MPD = Manager Performance and Development (cabin crew line manager)

A couple of weeks after flying with Bart I sent this same manager another email. It followed a flight I did with a different crew member in her team. Not having received a reply yet again, I sent a second email which can be seen below. I never heard back from her in response to either email.

Having spoken in depth to this crew member about her lack of experience of working in First Class, I was following the matter up with her manager.

I told the crew member I was going to ask her manager to try and arrange for her to work in First Class on her next three flights. I did that in my first email.

I’ve re typed the email because in its original format it was too large to upload;

Hi Crew Manager,

I emailed you the other day regarding zz to ask if it would be possible for her to work her next three flights in First Class to gain experience. 

I haven’t heard back from you so wanted to check you received my email?

Zz had no idea how to deliver the First Class service.  As upward feedback written on me from another crew member confirms, I spent a considerable amount of time with her explaining every step of what to do when working in the cabin.

She gave it her best shot and tried very hard but her inexperience could not be disguised. She needed continuous coaching throughout both sectors and we spoke at length about the importance of working in First more often.

Despite assuring me she would, I know how difficult it can be to secure a position in that cabin so am hoping you can help out?

Zz is very senior so there’s going to be a time where she finds herself in the galley. Should she find herself in that position she’ll be in real trouble.

Zz is a lovely person to work alongside and she’s great with customers. Despite that she lacks the confidence and ability at this time to offer the standard of service that’s expected in First Class.

She told me she knows the Economy service inside out and back to front because she always works there.

With kind regards,


Having looked at the Voice of Customer questionnaires for this flight we received a “good” and a “poor” from customers in First Class. There was also a comment regarding an inexperienced crew member.

Having made a negative comment on the discussion forum about the Voice of Customer programme and the fact it was being used to assess the performance of Flight Managers, I received an email from the manager responsible for setting up the programme. He invited me to meet with him to discuss the matter further.

The following screenshot is my reply;


As you can see from this correspondence, I always allocated one inexperienced crew member a working position in First Class. The other three positions where possible would be given to more experienced crew. I felt this would give junior crew members who didn’t get to work in the cabin that often an opportunity to learn. That’s the very reason why Bart was placed in First Class on our flight to Atlanta.

Lana is the crew manager who conducted the initial investigation into Bart’s complaint. Even though some complaints were dismissed she concluded there was a case to answer. It was then passed to cabin crew manager Hayley to deal with the disciplinary investigation.

The following screenshot comes from documentation I sent to her as part of my defence;

copy of written correspondence
PM is Performance Monitoring.

Just before I close this chapter I want to share this screenshot with you from Bart’s complaint;

From Bart’s complaint

Considering the apparent length of my opening announcement, T plus many other crew had no recollection of it.

Knowing I was dealing with a prolific liar I contacted Customer Relations. I asked them to look at the passenger manifest from our flight.

Having confirmed my identity with my manager they told me there was nobody with those names sitting anywhere in First Class.

This also comes from Bart’s complaint. As you’ll see he’s an amazing crew member. Instead of carrying one torch with spare batteries as was required, he carries three torches.


He claims both encounters were witnessed by Katrina yet she never mentioned it in her witness statement. The answers she gave were brief and to the point but she closed with this statement;

copy of written correspondence

Considering I had continuously accused Bart of lying, crew manager Lana who compiled the questions for the witness statement could have spoken to Katrina and other members of the crew after receiving their statements.

It took her two months and ten days to complete her investigation. During that time she didn’t speak with any of them.

Crew manager Hayley took six weeks to investigate the matter but also didn’t speak to anyone.

The Head of Cabin Crew could also have questioned Bart and other members of the crew. During the period of almost eight weeks that it took her to complete her investigation she spoke to nobody.

It was my intention in chapter 4 to publish the performance review in full that I wrote on Bart along with his response. I’m now going to do that in chapter 5.

In chapter 4 I want to cover the incident that took place between myself and the CEO.

I want to do this to show how minor the incident was yet the Head of Cabin Crew used the opportunity to raise a second grievance against me.

The entire matter will be covered in one chapter. I can then return to the grievance raised against me by Bart.

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