Tony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4207 times:
William Cohn worked as a Pan am flight attendant for two years, and during that time he got to see many of the places he had always dreamed about-- London, Paris, Africa, Hawaii, Hong Kong and many others. Sometimes he worked on the flight and rode free. Other times he bought his tickets at an employee discount. There was just one major thing Cohn had omitted. He had never formally applied for the job of flight attendent, and Pan Am never hired him. The man simply purchased a flight attendant's uniform, boarded a plane, and began to work.
Cohn might have gotten away with his scheme a while longer if he hadn't been so good as his job. He was more than competent. He was outstanding.
Passengers found him to be so courteous and helpful that many of them wrote to Pan Am to say what a fine worker Cohn was. Airline officials, however, had no record in their empoyee files of ant William Cohn.
The airlines took Cohn to court where the man pleaded no contest. Airline officials pointed out there's more to being a flight attendent that serving meals and being frindly. Cohn had never gone through the intensive training required for the f/as but nothing aloft happened that required him to have these skills. Cohn had to pay 25000 USD worth of trips. He wasn't charged for the trips where he actually "worked".
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
Bill Cohn's story is correct...
I remember the story, he was generally on flights "based" at JFK, goes back around 1970, I was then based in Berlin with the IGS 727s...
We did not have an ID tagged on our uniforms in these days, not subject to any security, metal detectors. PanAm was a big operation, we had crews based at various locations within the US and overseas (Europe), and often flew with crews which were temporarily based with us, but actually were from other locations, hardly knowing most of the crew we were with.
I assume that Bill Cohn was probably knowledgeable about F/A cabin service and procedures, he was probably acquainted by another PanAm F/A - a friend maybe - about what to do, to appear to be a legitimate crewmember...
ex PanAm 1969 - 1991
411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
Suspect this fellow was much better at his 'job' than many of the real PanAm cabin folks.
Recall in about 1980, just after a PanAm hotly contested cabin/flight crew negotiations for a new contract (could have been a strike, don't remember)...was sitting neet to a PanAm hostie in a HNL hotel bar, and she mentioned that they had only received a 10% pay raise.
Personally thought that she should have contributed 10% of her salary to support the company....as she had a face that would stop a clock.