In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best flight attendant quotes from the last 90 years. Submit your own to have them included.
Commercial air travel has been around for almost a century, and during that time flight attendants have become an essential part of the experience. They are responsible for ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers, and they often provide a much-needed sense of humor during long flights.
What Flight Attendants Say
“I have always believed that flight attendants are the real unsung heroes of the skies.” ~ Stephanie Adams
“A flight attendant is like a momma bear. We take care of our passengers and make sure they’re comfortable and safe.” ~ Barbara Foster
“Being a flight attendant is more than just serving drinks and providing pillows. It’s about making people feel at home even when they’re miles away from home.” ~ Dora Swanson
“You know you’re a flight attendant when you wear makeup and sensible shoes every day.”
“All women are created equal but only the finest become flight attendants.”
“For most people, the sky’s the limit. For flight attendants the sky is home.”
“Dear Sleep, I’m very sorry that I didn’t appreciate you when I was little. Now that I’m a Flight Attendant I can’t seem to get enough of you. Sincerely, Me.”
“Keep calm and date a flight attendant.”
“Keep calm and kiss a flight attendant.”
You know you’re a flight attendant when:
- You never unpack
- You look to the ceiling when the doorbell chimes
- You always point with two fingers
- You look for the “Crew Line” at the grocery store
- You know a meaning for “crop dusting” that has nothing to do with agriculture
- You can recognise pilots from the back of their heads but not by their faces
- You can’t stand the frequent flyer guy who says, “I fly more than you do”
- You know better not to date a pilot
- You know cities by their three letter abbreviations
“To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt, and if you don’t know how to operate on you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”
“There are 50 ways to leave your lover but there are only 4 ways to leave this airplane.”
“In the event of a crash some of you will die over here and someo of you will die over there.”
Takeoff & Ascend
“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will now be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of the flight attendants.”
During The Flight
“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you secure your own mask before assisting them with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one child, pick your favorite first.”
“Please take care when opening the overhead lockers because after a landing like that we’re sure as hell everything has shifted.”
“Please be sure to take all your belongings with you before you leave the aircraft. If you are going to leave anything behind, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”
“Thank you for flying on our airline. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”
What Passengers Say About The Cabin Crew
Some passengers have said that the cabin crew are the glue that holds a flight together. They are the ones who make sure that everything runs smoothly, and they often go above and beyond to make sure that passengers have a good flight by introducing humor to alleviate stressful situations or to gain the attention of bored passengers.
“The flight attendants are like angels in the sky.”
This quote comes from an anonymous passenger who was interviewed by USA Today in 2015. The passenger was talking about his experience on a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco. He said that the flight attendant made him feel comfortable and at home and that she was always quick to help him in the event of an emergency.
Sometimes, the cabin crew members are not always complimented.
“I’m not sure what the flight attendant’s name was, but I think it was ‘No.'”
“I asked the flight attendant if she could turn off the air conditioning. She told me she couldn’t, but she turned off the passenger.”
“That must be strange, cheating on your wife with a flight attendant. They’re in bed and she says, ‘In the event that wife should come home early please notice the location of the nearest emergency exit.'” ~ Jay Leno
“It’s now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.” ~ Richard J. Ferris
“You don’t ever want to hear ‘pray’ from a flight attendant.” ~ David Sedaris
Famous Flight Attendants
Ruth Carol Taylor
When flight attendant Ruth Carol Taylor walked into the cockpit of flight 719 on December 1, 1948, she made history. She was the first African American flight attendant in the United States. Ruth’s career as a flight attendant began in 1948, when she was hired by Trans World Airlines (TWA) as a stewardess.
She worked for TWA for two years before moving to Delta Air Lines, where she worked as a flight attendant for over 20 years. Ruth was an active member of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and served on its Board of Directors. She also served on the boards of several other organizations, including the NAACP.
In retirement, Ruth remained active in the community, and was a frequent speaker at events honoring African American flight attendants. Ruth Carol Taylor passed away on February 21, 2016, at the age of 98. She will be remembered as a trailblazer in the field of flight attendant aviation.
Betty Ong was a flight attendant for American Airlines. On September 11th, 2001, she was working on Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles. When terrorists attacked the plane, Betty did everything she could to help her fellow passengers.
She called American Airlines to report the hijacking, and she provided them with vital information about what was happening on board. Thanks to Betty’s quick thinking, the authorities were able to track down and intercept the plane before it reached its destination.
Sadly, Betty Ong was one of the many people who lost their lives on September 11th. Her brave actions, however, helped to save countless other lives. She is a true hero, and she will never be forgotten.
Betty Riegel Pan Am Flight Attendant 1961-1968
“The best flight attendants are the ones who treat passengers like friends and make them feel comfortable.”
Ellen Church was one of the first flight attendants in history, and she made a big impact during her time working for United Airlines. She was born in 1904 in Iowa, and she always had a passion for aviation. After graduating from college, she applied to be a flight attendant with United Airlines.
At the time, flight attendants were expected to provide passengers with luxurious service. Ellen quickly stood out from the rest of the crew, however, because she was always willing to go above and beyond for her passengers. She was friendly and outgoing, and she loved making people feel comfortable and at home.
Ellen also had a strong sense of duty, and she was always looking out for the safety of her passengers. She was the first flight attendant to perform safety demonstrations, and she was always quick to respond in the event of an emergency.
In 1936, Ellen Church became the first woman to pilot a commercial airliner. She retired from United Airlines in 1945, but her legacy lives on. Today, flight attendants still use many of the techniques that Ellen pioneered all those years ago!
“If the airline industry had a mother, it would be Ellen Church.” ~ Neil Rey
Air Stewardess & Air Steward
The role of the flight attendant can be traced back to the early days of commercial air travel. As aero technology developed and passenger air travel became a reality, the industry borrowed terminology from the world of passenger ships. The terms ‘air steward’ and ‘air stewardess’ along with ‘cabin’, ‘boarding’ etc all harken back to these maritime origins.
Back then, air travel was a luxury that was only available to the wealthy. As a result, air stewardesses were often hired from high society backgrounds and they were expected to provide passengers with luxurious service.