Memorable Flight Attendants of 2010

By The Flying Pinto

  1. Nancy Rivard, an American Flight Attendant started the organization, Airline Ambassadors International,  as a network of airline employees using their pass privileges to help others and it has expanded into a network of students, medical professionals, families and retirees who volunteer as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” in their home communities and abroad. It provides a way for members to share their unique skills and talents to care for others and bring compassion into action. I say she’s memorable in 2010 for her organizations efforts to help out after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last January. Airline Ambassadors is also helping in the effort to stop human trafficking which brings me to my second pick for most memorable flight attendants…
  2. Sandra Fiorini, describes a situation on one of her flights:  “We had an 18-year-old boy and he had a brand new day-old baby, umbilical cord everything was still there, day-old baby. He’s going on a six hour flight, no wife. He has two diapers stuck in his pockets and one bottle,” she describes. Fiorini sees scenarios like that on a regular basis when she is on one of her international flights.  She says after 39 years on the job, it’s not difficult to recognize a suspected case of human trafficking. “Most of us are parents. When you see an instance that’s not right and a red flag is raised, especially when there is children involved, you’re more in tune with what’s happening,” she said.
    Because of Sandra’s involvement with an organization called “Innocents at Risk” Flight Attendants are now the first line of defense in human trafficking. Innocence at Risk provides brochures to flight attendants that outline the signs to look for and a hot line number to call if they suspect the activity of human trafficking.
  3. Joi Sumpton, makes the list because I love entrepreneurs and because she has worked to solve a huge problem in my life! Every time I use a public restroom with my three year old I’m always cursing that there isn’t a sink made for kids. Joi felt the same way, but decided to do something about it and created the “step and wash” I love this article because she describes step by step how she found her success.
  4. Fly Girls, for their attempt at a flight attendant reality show.
  5. The Flight Attendant involved with the Hindu Holy Man and the prostitution ring. I never did get her name?
  6. The Calendar Girls, of Air Comet, Ryan Air, and Aeroflot for, ummmmm attempting to bring the glamour back?
  7. The PAL Flight Attendants for fighting against and winning a labor dispute against age discrimination. This reminds me of how far we have come in The United States and how we all need to be reminded of that. Check out this amazing video:
  8. Richard Branson, who, if you haven’t heard will cross dress as an AirAsia X flight attendant in February, all in the name of charity. He lost a bet to Tony Fernandes over whose Formula One team would finish higher in this season’s standings – Virgin Racing or Lotus. I’m looking forward to this: )
  9. The Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants, for their dancing demo which went viral and is almost as famous as:
  10. Steven Slater…do I need to say anything about him?


  1. Nice list, Flying Pinto, thanks for keeping us informed about those behind the scenes… but don’t forget Your very own “INFLIGHT TEAM!” Those of you who are trying their best to make flying easier and fun! INFLIGHT TEAM’S tips and flying advise is invaluable for those of us that fly often!

  2. PS Gotta love that Chelsea!

  3. Happy new year!
    What a nice list 🙂 Keep up the good work with your blog and happy flying!

  4. Lindsey Fay @ 2011-01-03 12:57

    Loved the first few on the list, but to add Steven Slater? Come on, he is a mess who is totally unprofessional.

  5. The Flying Pinto @ 2011-01-03 18:51

    Thanks for the comments and well wishes:)

    And, I hear ya Lindsey, but the title of the post is “memorable” and you have to admit Steven Slater is memorable;)

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  7. Thanks for sharing the information..I was not aware of the flight attendants duties and responsibilities..You did a great job..

  8. I enjoyed the video clip, thanks. FAs have come a long way and at least some of the flying public finally gets it: Long overdue! With age often comes credibility. SInce the ‘average’ FA is today in the 40s range, that too helps. A few idiots will object to having mostly ‘elders’ in the cabin, but I fee more comfortable with seriously seasoned crews. I too am a lot older and I understand teh routine. Buckle-up (and keep it on), Turn it OFF! and enjoy the ride. You won’t get any crap from this old “Self-Loading Cargo.” Frankly, it is the cheep-o pax without a clue that bother me the most. I have the means, so I often ride toward the pointy end – Not for the meals and booze, but to avoid the unwashed masses. Learning how to be Low Maintenance Cargo tendds to improve both the service and the experience. In the end, it is (safely) getting from A to B, not the service. Thanks for the nice blog!