‘Don’t Accept the Voucher’: Former Flight Attendant Becomes TikTok Star With Useful Travel Tips

‘Don’t Accept the Voucher’: Former Flight Attendant Becomes TikTok Star With Useful Travel Tips‘Don’t Accept the Voucher’: Former Flight Attendant Becomes TikTok Star With Useful Travel Tips
Ryan General
December 18, 2020
A former flight attendant is gaining a huge following on TikTok for sharing amusing content that sheds light on her previous occupation.
Plane stories: Sandra Jeenie Kwon, who quit her job as a flight attendant for the Dubai-based Emirates Airlines 10 years ago, is now entertaining over 3.7 million followers on TikTok under the handle @jeenie.weenie.
  • In an interview with In The Know, Kwon shared that she was working for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts when two girls she met at a party urged her to apply as a flight attendant for Emirates.
  • Kwon was hired but decided to quit two and a half years later to return to college and finish her bachelor’s degree in business.
  • While she’s been out of the airline business for a decade, Kwon says the stories she shares on her account are still relevant.
  • Kwon explained that there are many misconceptions about the job, including the illusion of glamor that many attach to it.
  • She noted that her viewers are fascinated by the actual work that comes with the title, as well as “the Karens and Chads” that they serve.
  • Other cabin crew members are now also sharing their experiences with Kwon, which she then shares with others using her platform.
  • Kwon gives useful travel tips, such as a warning against accepting an airline voucher when bumped from a domestic U.S. flight due to overbooking.
  • In the video, which has amassed over 6.8 million views, Kwon explained that airlines are required to find affected passengers alternative flights and compensate them with cash depending on the length of the delay.
Accidental TikTok star: Kwon revealed that she did not set out to become a social media influencer when she downloaded TikTok last year and only posted content in March for fun as she had nothing much to do due to the COVID-19 quarantine. 
  • Kwon initially started posting some random videos and eventually attracted a following, which she consulted with the type of content she should post next.
  • Through a poll, many suggested that she tackle her previous job as a flight cabin crew, so she did.
  • In just a few weeks, her followers reached a million, all of whom are particularly attracted to the flight attendant content so she has stuck with it ever since.
  • “TikTok really saved me from going crazy during these dark, depressing times,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m just here to have a good time, make people laugh, teach people things they might not know and inspire others to just live their best life.”
Feature Image Screenshots via @jeenie.weenie
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