Happy Flight Attendant Day to all in-flight cabin crew members around the world!
In the honor of this day , we would like to present to you a few interesting facts about the flight attendant profession.
International Flight Attendant Day has been casually celebrated on May 31st in a handful of countries for many years, but it’s finally going global. This day will serve to celebrate the important role we all play in aviation safety, educate the general public about the nature of our profession as in-flight safety professionals, and build pride and solidarity amongst our global ranks.
Flight Attendant Day is also meant to be fun – we hope that on May 31st, flight attendants across the country will wish each other ‘Happy Flight Attendant Day!’, celebrate together at home or on layover, play their part in informing their friends, family members and especially their passengers about the date, and host or attend social gatherings to celebrate Flight Attendant Day.
Would you believe flight attendants have been in existence since 1912? The history of this profession began with Heinrich Kubis, on record as the world’s first flight attendant. Today the flight attendant profession is considered a woman-dominated occupation. However, this wasn’t always the case, with men spearheading the creation of this role in the onset.
The need for this profession emerged out of a concern for passenger health and safety. As passenger air travel became more common in the 1920’s, flight attendants also became responsible for meeting other passenger needs, ranging from boarding and baggage assistance to handing out meals and serving refreshments.
The very first flight attendants, originally referred to as couriers, were sons of businessmen. After the stock market crash in the 1920’s, couriers were no longer employed and it was not until responsibilities and workloads were reassessed in the 1930’s that this role made a comeback.
With its comeback, the role ceased to be called “courier” and became to be recognized as “steward” or “cabin boy.” As women began to be hired into the role, the names “stewardess” and “air hostess”, were added to the list of job titles. Ellen Church, a 25-year registered, was the world’s first female flight attendant.
Another interesting historical fact of this profession is that stewardesses were at one time prohibited from marrying or having children. If stewardesses failed to fulfill this requirement, they would be terminated from employment. By the 1980’s, this no-marriage, no-children rule was eliminated and no longer enforced in the airline industry.
Looking back at the history of this exciting occupation, we should at least be thankful for the service flight attendants provide. Flight attendants are paramount to passenger safety and have been credited in saving many lives.
Next time you are serviced by flight attendants, thank them. Without them, we would not enjoy the comfort and safety we desire in our flights.