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Flight Attendant Plays Hide-And-Seek With Dog On An Empty Plane

“Since there are no people passengers I’m attending to, I have more time with the dogs.”

Airlines have been one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus, and for flight attendant Jenn Yoo, it’s an uncertain time. “Everything’s changing not by the day, but more like by the hour,” Yoo told The Dodo. “I’m just thankful that I even still have a job for now.”

The one thing that always brightens Yoo’s day is when a very special passenger boards the plane. “When I see dogs on my flights it makes my entire day better,” Yoo said. 

Flight attendant pets dog on airplane
Jenn Yoo

With social distancing in effect, Yoo’s airline has altered protocols to protect flight attendants and the passengers they care for. While Yoo is grateful for the new safety guidelines, she misses the old camaraderie. “The near-empty flights are heartbreaking to me,” Yoo said. “People used to socialize with each other and now everyone just keeps to themselves.”

“I actually miss pouring passengers a Diet Coke with ice!” she added.

Unable to chat with fellow crew members or serve guests, Yoo was delighted when she recently got to spend some quality time with a sweet dog sitting in her very own seat. 

“There were only six other people on board, so you know that all my time and attention went to this baby girl,” Yoo said. “Every time I walked up and down the aisle she would turn her head around to stare at me.” 

Before Yoo realized it, she was locked in a game with the curious dog. “At one point she ducked her head behind the seat and popped back out which got me doing the same with her,” Yoo said. “Before I knew it, we were having our own little game of hide-and-seek.

The dog was the silver lining for Yoo, and inspired her to start documenting her time in the air with other furry fliers. “Since there are no people passengers I’m attending to, I have more time with the dogs,” Yoo said.

And whether she’s on the ground or in the air, each pup she meets has a special place in her heart.