#1 Flight Attendant Retires.

Iris Peterson, who has been hailed as the #1 Flight Attendant in the airline industry, is retiring after 60 years on the job at United Airlines. The 85-year-old Peterson began her career in 1946, when flight attendants were required to be single, young, and slim. In 1953, she became the Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Association's first official lobbyist, and fought to have those discriminatory practices lifted. Link (Thanks, Jan!)

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Ten years before Iris Peterson became a flight attendant, "Marguerite Grueber and Blanche Due became ANA's (Australian National Airways) and Australia's first airhostesses. The provision of hostesses on aircraft was a significant step in the transition from the adventurous days of pioneering and decidedly uncomfortable flying to the safer, comfortable and even luxurious airliners of the late 1930s." from
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