You might be wondering what family and marriage life will be like if you are a pilot or marry a pilot. It’s a good question. There are pros and cons to any career path, and both should be considered. In this article, we’re going to focus on the pros, because we like the pilot life.
Flying with Benefits
Probably the top perk to marrying into the airline industry is the access to free or heavily discounted air travel around the world. We all know plane tickets are expensive. Just think about how many times you wanted to go somewhere then saw the cost of the ticket. When you marry a pilot, those days are over. Want to go on a last-minute weekend getaway? No problem. Flight benefits for families differ for each airline, but most offer some amazing perks.
A big fear of marrying a pilot is the time apart. It’s true, if you marry a pilot you will spend days and even weeks apart depending on the job. However, the time you do spend together can be really unique and of high quality. When your pilot is home, they’re home. They’re not working after hours, writing emails, taking calls, etc. When they’re not flying they’re present and truly not working. Once your pilot leaves the airport their work is done and they’re ready to relax and put in some quality time with loved ones.
Co-Pilots in Love
A lot of times pilots marry other pilots. The odds of coordinating your schedules may not be great, but many airlines have no policies against spouses working the same flights together. Delta even did an article about a husband and wife that shared a flight as pilots. If you’re not a pilot but have a job that allows you to work remotely, you could even travel with your pilot spouse.
Lower Divorce Rates
This one is a surprise to many, but it’s true – pilots have a lower divorce rate. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-year data, from 2009-2018, the divorce rate for pilots was 30.5%. Much lower than the 53% for the most divorce-prone group: casino gaming managers. Pilots don’t even break the top 20 for the highest divorce rate occupations. Maybe the saying is true: time apart makes the heart grow fonder.
Being married to a pilot is very different from being married to someone with a typical 9-5 job. As a result, a strong community of other pilot spouses is common. These peers understand your frustrations with the lifestyle and are there to offer helpful tips, support, and advice.
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