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How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:51 am

I saw on a AA flight LHR-JFK that one of the cabin crew was around 60. Is it not a limit for US airlines how old you can be?????
 
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:55 am

Per FAA regulations, plilots must retire at age 60. I don't think there's such a limitation for cabin crew.

Just out of curiosity, how did you know the person was approximately 60 years old?
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:13 am

I know there is one flight attendant who is over 70 and flying! I can not remember the airline.
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:17 am

United still has a Purser flying (albeit not that much) who was born in 1921. Seniority #1 system-wide (I believe company wide, as well).

As long as they can still operate the emergency exits and perform all the functions required by law, then they're good to go. Thanks to discrimination laws, no one can dismiss because of age...

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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:31 am

So then don't the FAA regulations contradict the federal discrimination laws?
 
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:35 am

Technically yes. Maybe the mandatory pilot retirement is a throwback from the prop jet days grandfathered into the laws?

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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:08 am

According to SK the f/a´s (on longhouls) are about 50-57 y/o  Big grin

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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 11:35 am

Was talking with a NW FA and he said the the oldest person in their system is 80 years old and still flies regularly. I can't even imagine being 80 and still working, much less where you have to deal with the public the way a FA has to.
 
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 1:35 am

I compared her with my mother.
 
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 2:16 am

I think a lot of times these older gal's (70's-80's) are there more for the public relations of it all rather then actually working. Several years back, I was on a DL flight that had a very old (I think she was in her 70's) F/A. All she did was go around and ask people if they needed pillows, blankets, etc. The other F/A's worked the trolley, served meals, etc.
One time on UA, we had a F class F/A who had to be in her late 60's. It was on a 727-200 and she worked the entire section by herself. She was just wonderful. Great attitude, lovely manners, you felt like you were being served by your own grandmother! She also wore a LOT of "Jungle Gardenia" perfume! When the flight was over, we thought that maybe she would give us all a hug and a kiss goodbye! She didn't though. Very enjoyable experience!
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RE: How Old Can You Be To Work In The Cabin?

Sat Jun 12, 2004 7:49 am

At British Airways both flight deck crew and cabin crew retire at 55.