Do Older Flight Attendants Get a Bad Rap?

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  1. sobore
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    http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/older-flight-attendants-ageism-attitude/story?id=16277274#.T6VNXFLNngA

    How did flight attendants go from sex symbols to punching bags in just a few short decades? I"m not only thinking of that Southwest pilot who called some of his colleagues "grannies" last year (he got his comeuppance in the form of a suspension) but also all those nasty comments on the Internet and mean-spirited remarks I hear personally.

    Sure, we"ve seen a recent flurry of tributes to beloved older flight attendants - United"s 83-year-old steward and the 60-ish twins who still push drink carts for Delta come to mind - but that"s unusual, to say the least.

    More common - at least anecdotally - are complaints that aging flight attendants are "mean" or unhelpful and the Internet is littered with comments bemoaning "hags" or invoking the "B-word." Not long ago, I even heard from a veteran airline pilot who said, "In defense of the traveling public, some flight attendants do prosecute their duties with "extreme prejudice." Not surprisingly, he prefers to remain anonymous.

    Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/older-flight-attendants-ageism-attitude/story?id=16277274#.T6VNXFLNngA
     
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    They are some of the best, and some of the worst. When they are on the bitter side, I just try and kill them with kindness. Life has dealt them a fairly nasty hand, career-wise, and many of them probably figured they wouldn't be working anymore at this point, or at least would have a decent nest egg at this age. Sometimes, they "crack" and end up being pleasant. Other times, I wish I had brought a special cream for their special dryness. But then, you can't bring that through security :p
     
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    Isn't that what the cream in the airline amenity kits is for? ;-)
     
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    I figured it's just the same sexism that leads to thread about who has the sexiest stews. Whatever.
     
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    There are good/bad people of all ages in just about any industry...historical stereotypes, of course do not help...
     
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    My opinions are not gender-specific.
     
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    I wasn't reading yours as being so, btw.
     

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