COME FLY WITH ME
I quit my job to travel the world
KAILEY WILLETTS TELLS DIVA WHY SHE LOVES WORKING AT 36,000 FEET
Six months ago, 24-year- old Kailey Willetts was on Facebook when a pop-up job ad for BA appeared. She sent off an application, packed in her job working backstage in theatre, and embarked on a brand new adventure at 36,000 feet. We brought her back down to earth to tell us more.
DIVA: Describe an average day in five words.
KAILEY WILLETTS: Sleep, eat, fly, eat, sleep... That sounds a lot more boring than it is!
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing the world and meeting new people. Going to places I’d never normally choose and falling in love with them.
What’s the worst thing about your job?
The lack of sleep and being away from the wife and puppy. But distance makes the heart grow fonder, and all that jazz.
Has your sexuality or gender identity ever been an issue?
BA is a company which is very diverse with a large number of LGBT employees. If anything, it’s more welcoming and makes me feel at ease.
Did you ever have any doubts about being out at work?
I have to come out every single time I get to work. We fly with a different crew each flight so that’s a whole new group of people you have to get to know, and coming out is a big part of that. Obviously, the only other issue is going to countries where the LGBT community aren’t as welcome as they are in the UK, but it’s all about adapting.
What advice, if any, would you give to someone not out at work?
Have faith in people. The world is a lot more accepting than you would ever know.
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you at work?
You’d be surprised about how many proposals we get. Mainly from stag parties, but I’ll always take the compliment!
What one superpower would make your job easier?
To be able to speak every language or mind read. Maybe mind read in every language, ha!
What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?
Be happy and put yourself first. The job will be done if you’re there or not and if you’re not happy then you won’t have a passion for what you do.
How do you measure success?
Happiness. I spent a long time bringing my work home with me and it was dragging me down. Now I get up every morning and actually look forward to what I’m doing.