Can you guess who they are?
1. Katherine Lee: Deltalina
Delta flight attendant Katherine Lee starred in her airline’s onboard safety video (from 2008 to 2012) and earned half her nickname due to her Angelina Jolie-esque cheekbones. ] Katherine Lee, better known as Deltalina, is a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and since 2008 is one of the presenters of Delta’s onboard safety videos. The first Deltalina safety video was released in February 2008 and quickly became popular not only on board but also became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube soon after its release.
2. Steven Slater : an over-night celebrity
Steven Slater became an instant celebrity when the fed-up JetBlue flight attendant decided to quit his job. It was the manner of his resignation that caught peoples’ imaginations: He grabbed a couple of beers from the galley, deployed the emergency slide, and zipped down the chute into social media infamy – and unemployment.
3. Ellen Church : The Flying Nurse
In 1930, Ellen Church became the first flight attendant in the U.S. She was also a pilot but the long-defunct Boeing Air Transport airline wouldn’t hire her to fly planes so she took a job with them as stewardess. This woman of many talents was also a nurse and that became a standard requirement for flight attendants over the next several years.
4. Elaine Dickinson : the movie star of Airplane
Fictional flight attendant Elaine Dickinson played by Julie Hagerty in the movie ‘Airplane’ was most often straight man in this 1980 comedy hit but she had her share of comic lines including, “There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” Ms. Hagerty has been working steadily in mostly supporting roles ever since (she is currently featured in a commercial for Old Navy in the role of a – yes, flight attendant).
5. Alec Baldwin : The Unknown Flight Attendant
“1950s gym teacher” is the nickname Alec Baldwin assigned to the unknown American Airlines flight attendant (unknown to FareCompare, anyway) who told the actor to turn off his electronic device. The actor apparently did not do this and was kicked off the plane and as has become de rigueur these days, a social media cluster-something ensued. If anyone has an update on the flight attendant, we’d love to hear about it. As for Mr. Baldwin, he continues to act and continues to garner interesting publicity from time to time.
6. Heinrich Kubis: Before the Stewardess, the Steward!
Heinrich Kubis was actually the first flight attendant in the world if you include zeppelin stewards. The German-born Kubis launched his career back in 1912 but is probably better known as one of the survivors of the fire that swept the Hindenburg as it attempted to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937.
7. Richard Branson : mini-skirted flight attendant
Virgin emperor Richard Branson lost a bet and agreed to play flight attendant for a day (a stunt that raised big bucks for charity). Although Sir Richard happily shaved his legs for the five hour long flight, he could not part with his beard and mustache but he did apply scarlet lipstick.
8. Carole Middleton: Grandmother of a future king of England
You really didn’t think we meant Queen Elizabeth, did you? The lady in question is Carole Middleton, mother of Kate, mother-in-law of William, and grandma to George Alexander Louis. You know, one of the Windsor kids.