In reality, it doesn't look like a difficult job. But reality television shows there is more to it than meets the eye. "Flight Attendant School," a …
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In reality, it doesn't look like a difficult job. But reality
television shows there is more to it than meets the eye.
"Flight Attendant School," a reality TV show that airs 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Travel Channel, takes viewers into the intricate
world of those who aspire to be flight attendants. And a Parker man
is helping them achieve their dreams.
Frank Barr, manager of flight attendant training for Frontier
Airlines, is a cast member on the hit show. It's his job to make
sure students are properly trained to handle every situation before
taking to the skies on a real flight.
The six-week program is a grueling test for the students vying
for a chance to work for Frontier Airlines full-time. The show is
packed with drama as 36 people battle to become bona fide flight
attendants. Eight students in particular were followed closely as
they went through training at Denver International Airport and
lived in a house near the aviation hub.
"The show follows them during training and after hours. It
really balances people living together while going through a
stressful training program," said Barr, who lives in the Prairie
Crossing subdivision in Parker with his wife and two
Barr, 45, has been in charge of all aspects of flight attendant
training at Denver -based Frontier Airlines for four years. He not
only acts as an instructor, but also ensures the training crew has
all the necessary tools to properly teach students. He is also the
first stop for any disciplinary action and several students have
gotten the ax since "Flight Attendant School" first aired in
"The Travel Channel wanted a docu-drama," Barr said. "They
thought it might make interesting TV to show what a flight
attendant goes through. During the show there has been some drama:
students have been let go for not passing testing standards, one
for being late."
Although the Travel Channel completed filming last summer, the
show is now in the middle of its nine-week season. It was mostly
filmed at DIA and the contestant house, but the cameras also
followed along as the flight attendant wannabes go through training
for an emergency water landing. The show's producers reached an
agreement with Waterworld to use its wave pool for raft
Emergency procedures for flight attendants have changed
drastically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon. There is a renewed focus on tight security and
observation of suspicious activity.
"There is increased security in what to watch for, how to react
and overall awareness," Barr said. "They have to go through a
two-day security program that teaches them hands-on self defense.
Flight attendants now have a new role in the security
Barr hopes the Travel Channel will show the traveling public
that flight attendants are "not just trained to serve Coke and
"The viewers are really going to see emergency procedures
training for flight attendants," he said. "I think this will show
that Frontier flight attendants and flight attendants in general
can handle any emergency in the cabin. We're hoping to show people
that all flight attendants are trained to very, very high
Barr said he has not heard if "Flight Attendant School" will be
picked up for a second season, and the Frontier Airlines staff
would have to discuss the possibility before agreeing.
For more information about the show, visit
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