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When I Read a Passenger Like a Book

The Flight Attendant Diaries

Janna Barrett
Globetrotters
Published in
10 min readJan 10, 2024

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Hand lettering by the author, on a scrap paper laid atop one of the scarves from her uniform.

I was using my flight benefits to hitch a ride from BOS (Boston) back to IAD (Washington, D.C.). The flight had been delayed an hour and a half, for whatever reason. Everyone was eager to board. I slowly made my way down the jetbridge and onto the plane in the congested pedestrian traffic.

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Janna Barrett
Globetrotters

Artist and Flight Attendant based in DC. I write and draw about my experiences as a travel professional. Follow for adventure and emotion!