HighFlyah, I concur with you it is funny and weird "stewardess" and "air hostess" are frowned upon in the US... They are very classy (and classic) words... Stewardess is etymologically someone "in charge of a sty", coming from old English "stigweard", literally, "guardian or keeper of the hall" - being a hall a place where high-level nobility affaires took place.
As for "hostess", the word denotes "hospitality for newcomers", rooting back to Indo-European, Greek and Latin roots.
What could possibly be wrong with these words that makes them incorrect? Isn't it perhaps not the words themselves, but "politically-correct-paranoid ears" instead?
As for what she did, I've always wondered how would that feel. I've witnessed accidental chute blowups twice; one in MAD
, back in 1978, while unboarding an IB
B747; somehow a mechanic working in a starboard door (I believe 4R) managed to violently swung it wide open and the chute inflated. Pretty noisy and impresssive when you see it for the first time. In another occasion, I witnessed the same inside MX
's maintenance base in Mexico City. This was the late 80's, and it happened with a DC 10-15 undergoing maintenance, from door 1R. On that occasion, all the personnel in the hangar rushed to the scene, clapped, booed and made photographs with the apparently soon-to-be-fired guy. He was not.
A300/18/19/20/21 B721/2 B732/3/G/8 B741/2/4 B752 B762/3/4 B772/3 DC8/9/10 MD11 TU134/154 IL62/86 An24 SA340/2000 E45/90