10 Craziest Flight Attendant Stories
1The flight attendant who decided to rap the safety demo
2The airline who hired the first transsexual flight attendants
3The man who proposed to his flight attendant girlfriend during a flight
4The flight attendants that gave their safety demo remixing Katy Perry and Lady Gaga
The performance took place while the plane was at cruising altitude, with the cabin crew giving a normal safety demonstration before take-off.
5The billionaire owner of an airline who had to serve as a flight attendant after losing a bet to the owner of a competing company
Branson was also supposed to shave his legs since Fernandes' airline doesn't allow “hairy stewardesses”, but he was allowed to keep his beard. He had to serve meals and drinks to Tony Fernandes and 250 other passengers. Besides, this was not the first time that Branson has dressed as a woman. He wore a white wedding dress for the launch of Virgin Brides in 1996, which doesn't exist anymore.
Both airlines bosses came up with the idea of a party in the sky with live music and entertainment. A total of 160 seats were sold for a charity of Branson's choice, at £4500 (about $6300) each.
6The flight attendant who stuck a 17-month old baby in the overhead bin
Virgin has admitted an incident did take place, but claims Ms Williamson's husband was playing a peek-a-boo game with Riley involving the overhead compartment when the flight attendant joined in.
7The flight attendant who quit his job during a flight using the emergency slide
According to witness, he grabbed the intercom and said: “To the passenger who called me a mother f*****, f*** you [...] I've been in the business 20 years. I've had it. That's it.” Mr Slater then activated the emergency exit and slid down the inflatable slide onto the tarmac. He then boarded a train to the terminal, stripping off his tie and discarding it, to the astonishment of bemused onlookers. Slater was later arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
8The flight attendant who has collected 1,760 spoons from 447 airlines
One of his oldest spoons is from Imperial Airways, a British operation that ran from 1924 to 1939, and he also has one from the China Clipper, a Pan Am flying boat of the 1930s. ‘My friends love my collection and they're very supportive – they have added to it a lot,' said the 38-year-old Austrian, who added: ‘I hope there will be some more coming.'
9The world's oldest flight attendant who retired after 60 years of service
In 1953, she was the first official lobbyist for the Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Association. In 1968, the same year that stewardesses won the right to hold the job if they were married, Ms. Peterson participated in safety plans for the first jumbo aircraft. She worked with aircraft engineers and was instrumental in gaining acceptance for 17 safety items, including the evacuation alarm, which is now a standard on equipment worldwide.
10The JAT stewardess who survived a 33,000-foot fall
She holds the world record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 meters (33,333 feet).
NOTE: It was never proved that the plane was torn apart by a bomb. In January 2009 German ARD radio Prague office research and Czech journalist Pavel Theiner proposed a conspiracy theory that the plane was shot by accident by the Czechoslovakian air force.
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