Over the years, the job description and public perception of flight attendant staff on commercial airlines has changed enormously. A role once filled only by women who needed to be registered nurses aged 25 or younger, the "sky girls" of yesteryear have certainly taken on a new role. Today's flight attendants are responsible for, among many tasks, passenger comfort and safety. And, during intense moments of rescue or inappropriateness, the amount of scrutiny or media coverage that is generated can make them instant household names.
After some very publicized moments of heroism, outrageous behavior and scandal, the visibility of flight attendants and cabin crew has certainly increased. We'd like to salute some of the most memorable flight attendants from commercial airlines. Whether hard working, pioneering, fed up or courageous, these names should sound familiar. We welcome them to the Flight Attendant Hall of Fame.