What do I think of UAL using stun guns. I'll tell you how it makes me feel. It makes me feel especially grateful for the fact that I flew "on the line" as a
Flight Attendant for a Canadian charter airline back in the mid-1980's for 5 years, when flying was truly fun. It was, indeed. Crews were carefree, and I looked forward to each international flight and subsequent layover as an adventure. And I was never dissapointed.
It makes me feel nostalgic for an era where we, as cabin crew, did not worry or were stressed out and fearful of even reporting for a flight. We never once thought of not seeing our families and friends again due to the horrific acts committed by fanatics. As far as we were concerened, a passenger who had one too many glasses of wine was our worst nightmare.
It was Where during boarding, you sincerely smiled at passengers, and did not scrutinize them as being possible hijackers. The worst thing you could expect was an argument over their meal choice not being available, or their duty-free item sold out, not them carrying weapons, or having the desire and will to destroy the aircraft, and all of its occupants.
None of these horrible thoughts entered my or my colleagues minds. I must say those 5 years as a Flight Attendant were amongst the most carefree and fun I have ever known. It was a joy to work a flight, we were truly excited, not filled with a deep apprehension as the aircraft doors closed and we began taxiing.
There was a true sense of passion I held for my job, not a grim sense of paranoia and dark foreboding.
My hat goes off to the cabin, and flight deck crews who fly today for a living. I hope the vast majority of them are lucky enough to have flown in a more peaceful and less dangerous era. I only hope they can derive as much joy, passion, and satisfaction from their jobs today, in 2001, as I and my colleagues did in 1985-1990.
"Brave New World" indeed.