EDIT: BTW, if you read the link, you'll see that there are actually AA flight attendants collecting Social Security! Amazing.
This didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
Thanks for sharing, I especially enjoyed reading the comments at the bottom of the article from several current and former AA FAs. However awful some AA FAs maybe, my experience has been that there are many wonderful FAs that enjoy their job and take pride in their airline. Sadly, those are becoming few and far between. AA FAs are far less disgruntled and surly than PM-NW or UAL FAs it seems.
I was on a flight with a FA who retired from his regular job at 55 or 60 and then retrained to become an FA. He had been working for AA for nearly 20 years since, and was in his mid to late 70's. I was astonished!
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I have to call BS on the average age of FAs on any US carrier being 60 years old. While it is clearly obvious to me that the average FA age for US carriers is higher than for non-US carriers, (and this can certainly manifest as FA grumpiness and reduced service quality to passengers), for the average age to be 60, there would have to be a significant population of FAs between the ages of 60 and 70 in order to compensate for the FAs in the 20-60 age group.
So, for the 35-year old FA who was quoted in the article, there would have to be a corresponding population of FAs to collectively average out to an age of 60. So, say:
-1 35-year old and and 1 95-year old; or
-1 35-year old and 2 72.5-year olds; or
-1 35-year old and 3 68-year olds; or
-1 35-year old and 4 66-year olds; or
-1 35-year old and 5 65-year olds;
Sorry, but I don't think that for every 35-year old FA, there are 5 65-year old FAs. And the above numbers would get even more absurd if we were talking about a 25-year old FA.
Again, not saying that US carriers don't skew older, I just don't think the average age is 60.
Something is definitely wrong with that data, as several have noted. While I don't recall any 25-year-old AA FAs (maybe some on Eagle) there are certainly some on the younger side that would require some much older FAs to balance at 60. And I'm just not seeing them.
If they said 50, I'd be inclined to believe it. Maybe they misspelled '5'?
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1. It's a BLOG, for Pete's sake!
2. The writer completely avoids committing himself to the veracity of the item:
a. "It purports to be from an American Airlines flight attendant, and I have no reason to believe that it isn't."
b. "I'm neither endorsing it nor condemning it, nor am I vouching for its accuracy;"
The writer is full of BS in many ways - I am well over the median age she claims for FAs, and I am quite sure I can pop or pop and toss a 20 kg / 44 lb hatch, as can a number of people I now in their 60s and 70s. (I also know people her age who could not.) The people she speaks of with such disdain must TEST regularly to demonstrate they can, in fact, perform the required duties. (Others have ably pointed out why the median age isnot likely to be 60 anyway.)
"Last year I made $34,000 working no less than 17 days a month. These are generally 12 hour long days from checkin time at work to arriving at our last destination for the day. I won't even take you into our work rules. We don't have time."
Wow, I now people who made that by working 22 (or more) days a month, with two+ hours of commuting each day, and with fewer benefits.
"I don't have all day to sit here and explain all of the reasons why our union sucks or American Airlines sucks. They both are to blame. They both need to stop acting like babies and step up to the plate."
Ah, yes, the sour grapes attitude toward life - life itself sucks, and end sin death. So, if it's all that bad and she's nearly been laid off several times, perhaps it's time to shut up and put up, or bail and find something more worthy of her presumed skills and abilities. (Hint: it's probably not writing, being an analyst, being objective or accepting the concept of personal accountability.)
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