Kathy Sweeney was a flight attendant for 12 years. She grew up in an aviation family; her mom flew professionally and her dad flew for pleasure. She grew up with airplanes but never had a desire to work for the airlines. However, after feeling burned out in the retail industry and having a friend recommend she give the airlines a try, she wrote a resume and landed the position out of dozens of applicants. The job she landed as a flight attendant at America West had some great travel benefits -- not only for her, but for family members and friends, as well. Sweeney's job allowed for a great deal of flexibility and the ability to start a second business (a resume writing business) while keeping her job as a flight attendant on the weekends.