Caroline Reid, proud proprietress of her own ridiculous niche in the world of entertainment (Airline Comedy), appears as her alter ego,the fierce and fearsome flight attendant Pam Ann, this weekend at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
Constantly honing and refreshing her observational routines during the 50 to 80 flights a year she takes to get to and from gigs, we asked the native Australian—now a Miami marsupial—to share some thoughts on her in-flight experiences.
How many different airlines have you flown?
Too many to list! But recently, there are fewer, with all the mergers happening. The Continental Airlines flight attendants found themselves begrudgingly squeezing into the United Airlines uniforms. My favorite at the moment is American Airlines, partly because they use my Pam Ann videos in their training program, but also because I love and respect their older flight attendants. These ladies might be 105 years old and still flying; trust me, they can do with one hand what 100 Emirates crew would struggle to contemplate.
Which airline has the best amenity kit?
You can’t beat Air France’s First Class ‘”La Premiere’ Givenchy kit!” The oddest but cutest item I ever got in a kit was some woolen fingerless gloves on JetBlue MINT.
What’s in your carry-on?
I always pack about 20 pairs of sunglasses, my computer and all its cords, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, a spare pair of knickers, British Airways First Class slippers and eye mask, silicon earplugs, a small bottle of Tabasco Sauce, a black cashmere sweater, a back up Ruby Woo red Mac lipstick, Advil, Tic Tacs, show notes and a self help book I pick up at the airport.
Is there anything in particular you like to do when you visit San Francisco?
I love going to the Lookout for a cocktail or 25. Hanging out at Twin Peaks after shows. Mooching around the Ferry Building food stalls. And of course, driving down your curly-wurly street.