British Airways stewardess, 25, quits job to become pilot at cost of £120k

A British Airways stewardess has lifted the lid on why she quit her job to become a pilot.

Suzie McKee, from Portsmouth, spent a year working with the airline before deciding she'd rather fly planes instead.

The 25-year-old needed £120,000 for training and started the process by raising £30,000 while working as a barmaid and receptionist.

She borrowed the rest of the funds from her parents.

In February 2019, the former air stewardess started the process of applying to study with Flybe, but then the firm went bust.

The languages graduate admitted she became tired of doing safety demonstrations and pouring drinks for passengers.

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She said: "I'd had a great time being cabin crew, but I always had this picture in my mind of me in the cockpit.

"I realised I wanted to actually fly the plane.

"I knew I didn't want to be serving the chicken pasta in the back with passengers, I wanted to be at the front where the action was.

"I would always be the one who volunteered to take tea into the cockpit or do the safety checks with them before take-off."

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Suzie, who worked for British Airways, handed in her notice and returned to the UK to begin raising the £120,000 for pilot school.

She managed to save £30,000 and her parents decided to lend her the rest so she could pursue her dream.

In February 2019, Suzie started the process of applying to study the profession with Flybe.

But unfortunately, the airline collapsed at the beginning of March with 2,000 staff losing their jobs.

Suzie was still determined to chase her dreams so continued her studies at FTEJerez flight school in Spain.

She now has just 20 hours of solo flying left to complete before she will be given her full ATPL in November.

The graduate added: "When I was with an air hostess I would do the passenger announcements and listen to the pilots being able to tell the passengers that they were the ones that had flown them safely to the destination.

"As a pilot you get to look out of the windows and see all these beautiful views. But the biggest thing is being able to feel like you've succeeded in safely carrying people."

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