You clearly don’t get it. As long as she passes recurrent she is qualified. Delta could ask her at anytime to redo her training if there were complaints about her work. You don’t work with her nor what has transpired.
Oh what a load of BS. What exactly is "recurrent" training consist of. Opening a door and pointing towards the exit? I can guarantee you from the pictures I have seen of her, there is no way in hell she could ever drag my 6'04" 275 former division1 football players ass out of an airplane, never gonna happen. The flight attendant nation has to make up their collective minds. I've seen all the "I'm here to save your ass, not serve it" shirts. Again, what a load of BS. I fly frequently, like bi-weekly and the majority of flight attendants I see leave me saying under my breath "honey, i'm sure they make that dress in an XL" The flight attendant nation has to decide if they're here to save or serve. If you are there to "save" then you need to be dressed accordingly. No high heels or dresses, wear cut resistant plus either steel or composite toed shoes. You are trying to evacuate a plane. those are the safest shoes to do so. You need fit flight attendants that are capable of a dead man drag of at least 300 pounds. No dresses, flame resistant pants and either long sleeve or short sleeve shirts. hair must be placed in a bun so as to not interfere with your sight or be subject to flame or getting caught.
Make the decision flight attendant nation, what are you there for. To save my ass or serve me a beverage, c
CaptHadley, I agree with some of your points. I have been flying as cabin crew for 38 years. I am 58 years old, in good shape, height and weight proportionate.
Recurrent training consists of much more than opening a door and pointing towards an exit. The 737 door exits are very heavy to open and have no power assist, like all other modern aircraft. You must also be able to open an overwing exit window that may be over 60 lbs on a 763. Not to mention lifting a very heavy life raft from an overhead compartment on the 7M8. We also practice lifting incapacitated passengers. We would certainly do our best to rescue any incapacitated passenger regardless of size.
I agree wholeheartedly with your t-shirt analogy. It is totally unacceptable and demeaning of our profession. It makes me cringe when I hear flight crews say something to that effect during the safety demonstration, thankfully that happens infrequently at my airline.
As for size of flight crew, perhaps those hefty flight attendants may be best suited to rescue "football size" passengers. A 120lbs crew member would definitely have trouble moving someone of that weight.
I agree with your grooming standards. At my airline we have grooming and service checks frequently. Crew members are required to have their hair, footwear and uniforms to company specifications. After boarding, female crew members change to low rise heels for comfort during the flight and in case of evacuation. We are required to wear full uniform for each take off and landing for recognition in the cabin and for our own safety. Although I am not sure if wearing a skirt or dress would hamper an evacuation.
So, yes our primary duty is safety, but service encompasses the greatest part passengers see. Passengers will not always see us ensuring safety equipment is functioning properly, applying first aid or diffusing incidents in the cabin, all of which are important. Safety is our most important priority, but our message to passengers is that they are first and foremost in our minds and hopefully they will realize it's safety first.
To surmise, safety and service are equally important, but safety wins when push comes to shove. We appreciate your views from an outsiders perspective and hope you appreciate ours.