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Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!  
User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4321 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".






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User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4266 times:
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Similar to Frank Abagnale's scam...except he pretended to be a pilot, and cashed fake checks.

He's now a millionaire, writer, consultant and was even an FBI employee...and he now develops systems to prevent and stop crime such as check forging.



Cory Crabtree - crab453 - Indianapolis - 2R2 - 1966 PA-32-260
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Wow! You're right that is an interesting story. Its quite hard to belive that he had all the tags and ID that an airline employee must have.

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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12675 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4187 times:
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Presumably this was in the 60s or 70s when security was spelled with a very small s.


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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

Bill Cohn's story is correct...
xxx
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...
xxx
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.
xxx
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...
xxx
(s) Skipper
ex PanAm 1969 - 1991


User currently offlineTony Lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

But why did he do it?

Tony


User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

I'm guessing free travel? Better question is how did he afford to do it? I wonder if he had a "real" job.

User currently offlineAA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

Hmmm, what was that movie "Catch me if you Can..."?

User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Actually...if that were during the 60's and 70's, security would have been spelled as follows:

" "

Hmmm....not much there.

Iflewrepublic



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6508 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

What I don't understand is on every flight that he worked there would be an extra F/A. No one noticed?

Didn't Eastern have a captain that had only a private pilot license?



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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3514 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.


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

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.

Of course! Because looks are an FA's most important asset, yes?



Cunning linguist
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