After retiring from the skies, Qantas steward Owen Beddall has written a tell-all book about the flying habits of celebrities and politicians. Some celebs come out of it well, like Oscar-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett, whose designer gowns for a film event had to be laid out flat so as not to be crushed. During the night, her son Dashiell got up and started telling Beddall about Superman. Cate joined him and he made her a cup of tea while their nanny slept through. Or Kylie Minogue, who was as sweet as pie, and signed an autograph. Or Katy Perry and Russell Brand, newly in love. Tony Abbott on the other hand won no such praise. He was on a flight with Beddall before becoming Prime Minister and Beddall found him to be “loud, self-assured and smirky” and “rude and dismissive” when being served. Beddall says the flight crew were awake to the irony of having to treat politicians with kid gloves when they were travelling at the taxpayer’s expense.
His tips for a successful flight? Bring a light jumper, as planes get cold. Pack light and stow your bag underneath if you can.
Bring extra snacks Come on board with a plan about when to sleep and when to watch movies.
Don’t drink alcohol before the flight, or drink to excess on board.
Don’t get the flight attendant off side They are your best chance of being looked after on the long flight.
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