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31 July 2013

Flight Attendants

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9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Grapevine — photo by Joseph May

We have nothing but good to say about flight attendants. Sure, all of us have heard about the travails and woes of others while flying on airlines — then again good stories don’t make for good selling. Good or bad there is one aspect hardly recognized by most passengers which relates to the charge they all have of protecting us in the event of emergencies, especially when it comes to emergencies. Simply put, they have experienced the same physical forces as have the passengers yet they will stand watch and move us out. They do so though they are not equipped with the remotest sense of emergency gear. They have no helmets, breathing equipment, fire retardant clothing much less shoes that even cover the ankles — if there was ever a time for wearing boots an emergency evacuation in a fuselage torn asunder is one of them.

Grapevine Texas has a monument to the airline crews who perished in the 9/11 attacks of 2001. It is the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine and it is a bronze which is entitled Valor Commitment Dedication by sculptor Bryce Cameron Liston. This emotive bronze has a flight crew, cabin crew and a single child. The images in this post are of the flight attendants, a woman and a man — the monument will be a subject of another post — and we thought an emphasis was in order for the cabin crews. Many have perished while performing their duties, bravely amid smoke and pain, while getting all souls off. The cabin crew of the recent crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport were exemplary. Some were left on the runway when the tail section separated after the main landing gear clipped the seawall but those remaining on board evacuated the passengers they could — while in skirts and heels. No one gets paid enough for the performances they accomplished that day.

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9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Grapevine — photo by Joseph May

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 July 2013 14:51

    A timely and respectful tribute to professionals who serve in airliner cabins, especially those who perished on 9/11/2001. Well said, Joe! Btw, there are memorials on both sides of the Atlantic to the international cabin staff and cockpit crew of Clipper 103 who perished in the Libyan terrorist bombing of a Pan American World Airways B-747 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988. That incident was one of the final “nails in the coffin” for America’s pioneer global flag carrier which ceased operations on 4 December 1991…

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      31 July 2013 17:45

      Thanks David. I’ll have to place those memorials onto my map. 9/11 and Lockerbie — sad tales all around.

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