AboutBrenda Ann Sams
Flight Prophets: Stories of Life, Between Liftoff & Landing, is a collection of short stories, inspired by true events. It anatomizes the spectrum of humanity, from full term birth to sudden death, in context of commercial air travel. While the essays speak of traveler experiences, they’re voiced by a flight attendant’s thirteen years with a major U.S. carrier. At 40,000 feet, 500 miles per hour, confined metal jets, and modulated oxygen, these journeys discern what comes, when unlikely demographics converge in gravity’s mercy.
Our personal and actual baggage generate complexities of: race, religion, violence, misogyny, politics, gender, age, mental illness, infirmity, crime, patriotism, socio-class, and faith. Commercial flight forces the intersection of these, and other complexities, that on land, keep us societally separate. In our forced confinement, we learn that every ticket has a story. Passengers, are representatives of their tickets, their stories. They are reflections of forced confinement despite complexities. Consequently, their journeys represent of them more than mere airline profits. They are prophets.
Holding a Bachelors in Political Science, Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and legal, web, poetry, and fiction publications, I am a writer, lawyer, and of course, flight attendant. Yet, absolutely no formal schooling has taught me more, than the privilege of several take-offs and landings a day, serving strangers who’ve become a most incredible compass. Flying has awarded me the opportunity to think more holistically, and to critically aside the cloudiness of ego for the clarity of purpose.
Please note, that while the accounts are based on true events, all proper names are completely fictitious, and if baring any similarity to actual people, entities, or places, they are mere results of creative coincidence, not authorial intent. Flight Prophets and its essays are protected by U.S. Federal Copyright Law and all rights are reserved. No part of these writings (or images) may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author (or photographer), except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.
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