Tia Chetty, dressed in her signature Emirates outfit: a red hat, cream scarf and beige suit, is the epitome of grace and poise.
The flight attendant is at the airline’s stand at Africa’s Travel Indaba where she provides guests with the “First Class” experience.
In between her educational talks, guests whip out their smartphones to capture a selfie with her. When we meet to chat a few minutes later, Chetty is a ball of energy, and her smile lights up the room.
The 22-year-old says that she stumbled upon the career purely by chance. Having moved to Dubai from Johannesburg in 2017, Chetty wanted a career that allowed her to travel and meet new people.
“My heart was longing to travel and to get out of my shell. When my mother told me about a flight attendant vacancy at Emirates, I immediately jumped at the chance.