One of the core job requirements of any flight or cabin crew is you have to agree to be within a certain distance (time, not mileage) of the airport on your “duty days.”
On days you are not scheduled to work, you are not constrained by this geographic limitation.
Therefore, you will often see Flight/Cabin crew utilize something called “crash pads” (shared apartments that are barely more than a semi-private hostel) on their work days, and the. They will go “home” when they’re off.
That “home” can be wherever they want. Really.
The more senior the crew, the more likely they live nowhere near the airport they work out of and instead commute to work. Especially if it is a crew that has been through multiple airline mergers and base changes. One pilot that was in our crash pad (in Florida) lived in Wyoming.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/How-do-flight-attendants-and-pilots-decide-where-to-live
Originally Posted On: 2016-02-04