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Becoming a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines is no easy task — just ask the more than 100,000 people who apply each year with only one percent hired for the job.

To understand what it’s actually like to work as a Delta flight attendant, CNBC spent the day flying with New York City-based Melissa Pittman on her two-leg trip from NYC to Atlanta and back.

“As I learned when I spent a 10-hour day shadowing Delta flight attendant Melissa Pittman, there’s a lot more to the job than serving food and drinks to passengers,” said CNBC reporter Kathleen Elkins.

Follow CNBC and Melissa’s journey from commuting to pre-flight and mid-flight to post-flight on

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