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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Pan Am or She Stabbed Him!

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pan Am

Or

She Stabbed Him!

Well, I saw the first signs of women standing up for themselves on this week's episode of Pan Am. One of the characters stabbed a man when he tried to grab her in the galley. But it wasn't the stabbing part that caught my attention, not that I'm condoning stabbing. No it was when the "stew" (Flight Attendant) said to the pilot, "Why did you not say anything to him but just offer him another drink and apologize. Now he will think he can get away with that all of the time." (I am paraphrasing.)

But that was exactly what happened in the 60's and earlier since "women's lib" had not gotten it roots yet. But having said that, here is another flash back.

A friend of mine was the Service Manager on a 747. (She was the lead flight attendant in charge of all.) In the good 'ole days they not only had a small bar upstairs behind the cockpit but another large bar behind the first class section. Wouldn't want our passengers to not have three places to drink; their seat and two bars.

Just saying.

Now the Service Manager was in charge of inventorying all of the liquor and the money. Which was not a small task on a large aircraft.

Anyway, she goes to the large first class bar and there is a really junior (meaning having next to no flight experience) flight attendant who was working there. One of the passengers had been "over" served by her. Which I might add we were not to do. But being a junior flight attendant she didn't know how to tactfully tell him he was cut off! Or the least offensive way, just start watering down his drinks. Worked all of the time.

But I digress, my friend appears to tell her that she had to start to put everything away since the flight was going to land in 30 minutes and she was going to inventory the bar. Well, the passenger who had been "over served" overhears this and says he wants another drink.

What to do the man was drunk!? So my friend proceeds to tell him that the bar is closed now. And what does he do? He starts cussing her and then tries to climb over the bar to grab her. Really not a good idea! She picks up a Jack Daniels fifth (bottle) and turns it upside down to make a club out of it. We aren't talking miniature here but a fifth.

"You take one more step toward me and I'll use this," she says. Amazing all of a sudden the drunk got sober. She suggested that he return to his seat now or the police would be meeting the flight. (Probably more like she ordered him to go back to his seat.)

Surprising what a 5' 9" woman in 3 inch heels with a bottle of Jack can do!

And if you think we didn't have the police meet some of our flights, well, I have some stories about that too!

Ah yes Good Times.

Alexandra

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