Tony Lu
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Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Tue Sep 09, 2003 8:22 pm

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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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Tue Sep 09, 2003 8:40 pm

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.
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Tue Sep 09, 2003 8:50 pm

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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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Tue Sep 09, 2003 9:06 pm

Presumably this was in the 60s or 70s when security was spelled with a very small s.
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:25 pm

Bill Cohn's story is correct...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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Tony Lu
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 8:42 am

But why did he do it?

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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 9:05 am

I'm guessing free travel? Better question is how did he afford to do it? I wonder if he had a "real" job.
 
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 9:20 am

Hmmm, what was that movie "Catch me if you Can..."?
 
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:16 am

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

" "

Hmmm....not much there.

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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:30 am

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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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:42 am

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.
 
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RE: Very Intresting Pan Am F/a Story!

Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:50 am

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?
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