The term purser and chief steward are often used interchangeably describing personnel with similar duties among seafaring occupations.
This lingual derivation results from the international British maritime tradition (i.e.
They make sure those sitting in emergency exit rows are willing and able to assist in an evacuation and move those who are not willing or able out of the row into another seat.
Boarding particulars are verified, such as special needs passengers, small children traveling as unaccompanied or VIPs.
Weather conditions are discussed including anticipated turbulence.
Flight attendants on board a flight collectively form a cabin crew, as distinguished from pilots and engineers in the cockpit.
The German Heinrich Kubis was the world's first flight attendant, in 1912.
They must monitor the cabin for any unusual smells or situations.
They assist with the loading of carry-on baggage, checking for weight, size and dangerous goods.
Two thousand women applied for just 43 positions offered by Transcontinental and Western Airlines in December 1935.
The girls who qualify for hostesses must be petite; weight 100 to 118 pounds; height 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches; age 20 to 26 years.
Flight attendants or cabin crew (also known as stewards/stewardesses, air hosts/hostesses, cabin attendants) are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters on aircraft.