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How old is the oldest active-duty United flight attendant?

How old is the oldest active-duty United flight attendant?

Old Jul 17, 19, 11:35 am
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How old is the oldest active-duty United flight attendant?

How old is the oldest active-duty United flight attendant?

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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:45 am
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Maybe a better question to ask is, "Does UA have a mandatory retirement age for FAs?".
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:45 am
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99 (UA system only allows two digits in age input; for example, 1K, 1P and 2P of MP program).
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:47 am
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It used to be Iris out of SEA, but she retired a while back. I don't know if this guy is still working:

You Think You're a Frequent Flier (NYT Article on UA's Most Senior Flight Attendant)
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by jhayes_1780 View Post
It used to be Iris out of SEA, but she retired a while back. I don't know if this guy is still working:

You Think You're a Frequent Flier (NYT Article on UA's Most Senior Flight Attendant)
This is an old thread. I don't remember if it was last year or in 2017 that there was a reference here on FT about a special celebration for a very senior United FA that was very much liked. I thought I had been on one of her flights but she was coming from the other side, either Continental or United, I cannot recall now but it would not have been a flight I would have been on.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
Maybe a better question to ask is, "Does UA have a mandatory retirement age for FAs?".
Nope. Should they for safety professionals?
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Kmxu View Post
99 (UA system only allows two digits in age input; for example, 1K, 1P and 2P of MP program).
age discrimination?

either that, or United will have a 0 or 1-year-old flight attendant? (which I believe is against FAA rules)

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Nope. Should they for safety professionals?
I don't know about safety professionals... but there'a a 98-year-old lady in my subdivision. I see her running all the time. Not a senior citizen fast-walking... she's actually quite fast. I've seen her keep up with high school girls. Each full circle around my subdivision is a little over 1 mile. She said she usually ran twice around the circle(two miles) every other day.

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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:59 am
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It could be Norma Heape. She is EWR based and I flew with her last year HKG-EWR. She is in her 80's but you would never know it.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:59 am
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Old Jul 17, 19, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
Maybe a better question to ask is, "Does UA have a mandatory retirement age for FAs?".
I am surprised at many levels that it does not, I flew last week from AMS to IAH with a lady 777 captain on her retirement flight,
have to say she clearly not happy about having the FAA telling her she was done.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Kmxu View Post
99 (UA system only allows two digits in age input; for example, 1K, 1P and 2P of MP program).
They just designate the centenarians as '1C' (a far more accurate label than is '1K' ).
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Old Jul 17, 19, 12:10 pm
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Norma Heape it is. Hired onto Continental in 1957, still working in 2019.
https://captainjetson.com/air-travel...ght-attendant/
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Old Jul 17, 19, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by IAHMCI View Post
It could be Norma Heape. She is EWR based and I flew with her last year HKG-EWR. She is in her 80's but you would never know it.
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Norma Heape it is. Hired onto Continental in 1957, still working in 2019.
https://captainjetson.com/air-travel...ght-attendant/
Yes, that's the one I was thinking of. When they were talking about her I could not have been on any of her flights as I fly out of ORD. Although last year when they cancelled my ORD-HKG flight they sent me to EWR......

On my last flights ORD-PVG and PVG-ORD in June-July of this year there was a FA that started working in 1972. We had already seen her on a flight to the same destination last year.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 1:08 pm
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She just recently put in her retirement paperwork from what I was told.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by IAHMCI View Post
It could be Norma Heape. She is EWR based and I flew with her last year HKG-EWR. She is in her 80's but you would never know it.
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Norma Heape it is. Hired onto Continental in 1957, still working in 2019.
https://captainjetson.com/air-travel...ght-attendant/
Norma is the current #1, 62 years seniority, 82 years old. I have flown with her EWR-HKG, which seems to be her preferred route. She is still working hard, more so than some of her younger colleagues, and always professional.

Here's a CBS News feature about her tenure, albeit 10 years old now:
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