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Cabin Fever: The sizzling secrets of a Virgin air hostess... [Kindle Edition]

Mandy Smith
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‘This fun read dishes on what it's like to live with your head literally in the clouds - from in-flight fist fights to sneaky sex at Luna Park during a Sydney stopover.’

‘FORGET the Mile High Club, from blood-splattered toilets and passengers trying to set themselves on fire to celebrity spats and shocking racism, former Virgin Atlantic air hostess Mandy Smith tells what really goes on in the air….’
Daily Express

‘A rollicking read with heart.’
Good Reading

"Mandy Smith spent 12 years as an international flight attendant and her memoir lives up to the young and saucy image the Virgin corporation is careful to cultivate."
Sun Herald

"Sometimes you want to read books because a/ they’re incredibly trashy; b/they make you laugh; and c/they could be true. Cabin Fever is one such book."
Canberra Times


Mandy Smith spent twelve years strutting down the aisles as one of Richard Branson’s sexy and sassy flight attendants. In Cabin Fever she tells the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air.

From dealing with projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to sipping Manhattans and shopping in New York, this is riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of zany characters includes everyone from Courtney Love to Sir Richard himself.

Mandy’s jet-setting job allowed her to search the globe for Mr Right, which led her to many steamy love affairs. She even joined the Mile High Club, though not with a clumsy quickie in the toilet but a leisurely bonk in a Cessna. She’s no Virgin, and in-flight entertainment has never been so risqué!

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About the Author

Mandy Smith was born and raised in Hartlepool, England. She worked in the office of the engineering department for Virgin Atlantic before she took to the skies in 1999. After a 12-year career jetting around the world, she eventually retired from the world of flying to pursue an entirely different career: motherhood. She now lives in West Sussex with her husband Glenn and their daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1910198145
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (5 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is fab! 21 Jan. 2015
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I love 'behind the scenes' books and this is an exciting and well-written portrayal of exactly what it's like being part of the Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew. The opening is very powerful, describing circumstances on the plane. Probably the worst you would think of. Yet it's all covered. I could soon see there was going to be so much more to the job than everyone thinks. After this, the book goes back to before, the events which lead up to her being a member of the cabin crew. Her then boyfriend beating her up. I wasn't expecting this. She wasn't the confident person she is now then-probably due to the abuse. She's a strong woman in that she didn't take him back, she saw through the apologies. I like how she mentions which track of music was playing at the time and it seems appropriate to the scene. I just love how she speaks through her writing; down to earth, gritty, interesting, tinged with humour, Mandy's own forthright, no nonsense voice. We learn about what's involved in the training/exams, acting out scenarios, seeing how they would cope. Facts about how long you have to escape before it's too late and what would happen next. A six week course and it doesn't sound as easy as you might think. She is sharing a house with some right characters! Virgin requires its female cabin crew to wear vivid red lipstick-I couldn't help thinking what if red lipstick doesn't suit you? It certainly doesn't suit me! You learn lots of stuff behind the scenes-it was just brilliant-loved all this! The grooming lessons-certainly not the picnic they sound. Just couldn't get enough of this book!-I have many behind the scenes books eg doctor/nurse ones but never any in this industry before. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50 shades of cabin fever 3 Dec. 2014
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I loved reading the insight into being a flight attendant with Virgin and it has inspired me immensely to go get the job. I feel really fired up now, so that has to be worth the 99p I spent on it. .

I did feel as though I was reading 50 shades on several occasions, which wasn't what I wanted to read about but, then again, what do you expect from a book called "Cabin Fever"? It goes without saying that there will be some sauciness in the book, which is probably why it has sold so well.

It's not going to be to everyone's taste, and it certainly seems to have bothered some readers, but I did enjoy it, even with all the innuendos. If sex is your thing, there's some of that inside, and if being a flight attendant with Virgin is your thing, it'll get you motivated like nothing else. So read it and decide for yourself. It's only 99p on Kindle right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab at the start, bit boring towards the end 3 Jun. 2014
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This Book was great from the start, esp if your or have been a member of cabin crew!
I loved it and knew exactly what she was talking about, but the last three chapters were really boring as her life as a crew member ended.
Disapointing end to a fab book! x
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluff 10 Aug. 2014
By Matt
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Pretty much what the title made me expect, a cheap and easy read to pass away a few hours on the beach. Won't win any literary awards but a fun read all the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked bits about training and the job itself 31 Dec. 2014
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An interesting read. Unecessarily graphic, seems tad contrived and unbelievable.
Liked bits about training and the job itself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Holiday read 15 May 2014
By Joan
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loved it , perfect for the beach on holiday in Turkey , kept an eye on the air hostesses on the way home
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Pity! 14 Mar. 2015
By RumensM
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M S Smith presents herself as rather shallow and self centred. With very little care and understanding of passengers needs and requirements. There are no pictures of aircraft, graduation or even herself just a boring monologe of how many men she has bedded. Spitting in flight crew and pasengers food, quite distugsting. Behaviour en-route and hotels not a good advert for Virgin airlines, should I ever fly with them? I will endevor to take my own food. A very sad and dull story of what could have been a really interesting and exhilarating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Mar. 2015
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I loved this book, my friends are air hostesses so I know how hard it is. This book gave a good insight of the lifestyle that they lead. I will now wonder what the cabin crew are doing and saying when I fly next.

Glad Mandy had a great career and is now 'finally home' with her family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read
Bit of fun, a good girlie beach read.
Published 1 day ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Couldn't put it down, would totally recommend this book to anyone, a great insight to life in the skies x
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Joanne Hilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good piece of escapism.
Published 3 days ago by suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Virgin? Really?
Good read! Insight to the seedy world of airline workers.
I will never look at an air steward/ess the same again as for the pilots! Shocking stuff.
Published 5 days ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars I love that you wrote this
Honesty is addictive, your truth shines through. Very addictive read, what a journey with the perfect end.

Good luck in all you do Mandy xxx
Published 16 days ago by lisa Gardiner was Normanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Insider gossip and a good read.
Bought for my daughter who works in the airlines and she really enjoyed it. Now being passed around her colleagues.
Published 23 days ago by CallyAnn
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
Enjoyable book, I found myself getting take. Away with the author on her adventures. Read the book very quickly as its pretty straight forward and to the point. Read more
Published 26 days ago by .
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, don't bother
What a load of rubbish! I've got friends in the airline business and have seen what their life is like, this i know has been so embellished, portrays the crew in a very poor light! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlie.S
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten
Dull, poorly written smut. Not even worth a holiday read. I don't have more words to add. Would not recommend
Published 1 month ago by Vera
3.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment
OK in parts, really just a diary of a stewardesses worldwide shagging
Published 1 month ago by Clive
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