Flight attendants are known for their extraordinary customer service skills and even life-saving measures when in the air, but few have been recognized for their heroic efforts. The following is a short list of ten famous flight attendants and how they have either gained their celebrity or gone above and beyond their call of duty.
1. Roz Hanby- Ron Hanby was an English flight attendant who is also famous for being the face of British Airways in the 1980s during their "Fly the Flag" advertising campaign. A former model, she was a flight attendant in the 1970’s and later became a television personality.
2. Madeline Amy Sweeney- Amy perished on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th. She was one of the first recipients of the annual bravery awards created by the Massachusetts government and the yearly Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery is handed out every September 11 to at least one Massachusetts individual who displays astonishing courage in defending or saving the lives of others.
3. Betty Ann Ong- Born in San Francisco, Betty Ann Ong was an American flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 when it went into the World Trade Center. She has been memorialized on "Gold Mountain", a mural that has been dedicated to Chinese contributions to American history in North Beach. There is also a foundation in her honor as well.
4. The Singapore Girl- Not just one girl in particular, the Singapore Girl is the image associated with the flight attendants of Singapore Airlines. Around since the 1970’s, this advertising slogan and visual concept is meant to show "Asian values and hospitality.” There is even a wax figure of the Singapore Girl at Madame Tussaud’s in London.
5. Naila Nazir- Naila Nazir was a Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant and was honored with the Heroism Award at the Flight Safety Foundation of America due to her courageous conduct during the hijacking of the PIA aircraft on March 2, 1981.
6. Barbara Jane Harrison- Barbara Harrison was a British flight attendant who was awarded the George Cross for heroism. She is also the only woman to be given the medal for gallantry during time of peace.
7. Ulrike Patzelt- Known as Uli Derickson, she was a flight attendant during the June 14, 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847. She is recognized for protecting 152 passengers and crew members on the flight.
8. Neerja Bhanot- A flight attendant for Pan Am airlines, Neerja Bhanot died while fighting terrorism on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on September 5, 1986. Consequently, she became the youngest beneficiary of the Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest civilian award for courageousness.
9. Nellie Granger- A flight attendant for TWA, Nellie Granger woke up about 125 feet from her crashed plane's rubble. Although she was bleeding and injured herself, she pulled two passengers from the blazing aircraft and gave them first aid. She then followed telephone wires for 4 miles, where she then called the TWA office to inform them of the crash.
10. ANT- Born Anthony Steven Kalloniatis, ANT is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Before he became famous for his comedic roles, he was a flight attendant.