Let’s not pre-judge, no age discrimination here…and they certainly look happy enough to be heading to Hawaii (some of them anyway). Here’s an email just received from a Point Me to the Plane reader:
Hi Adam, thought I’d send these in for your readers. We are on our first flight ever to Hawaii flying from LAX – Kauai (LIH) on pre merger UA 757 in Economy Plus. I’ve lived on the East Coast for a few years now and rarely flew with pre-merger United, but I think this might be the oldest flight crew I’ve ever had. All three are certainly over 50 and two at least are in their 60s. Prior to moving to the East Coast I lived in Singapore and flew with Singapore and Cathay, as you can imagine, this is a culture shock. No judgements on age though, if their service and ability to provide safe travel is still top notch, then I have no qualms. Will report back on their service attitude upon landing later. PS, included a pic of our Economy Comfort seats as well. Thoughts?
What say you readers? Let’s hear both your positive and negative experiences with the more experienced flight crews on the US legacies. I will say that despite my annoyances with SkyPesos, my Delta flight crews, even the older ones, have always appeared to be somewhat happy and eager to help passengers. Also, what exactly would be considered “senior” these days? I’d guess that several of my younger flight attendants on recent AA and UA flights have been in their mid 40s. I’ve recently had a more senior AA purser serving first class with her own specially created OJ and Apple juice pourers stashed in her apron pockets…up and down the aisle every few minutes. I also had an experienced AA crew of three who hung out at the back of the plane gossiping the entire time and finished beverage service for the entire plane in under 10 minutes, never to be seen again.