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That there is a historical need for a National Flight Attendant SAFETY Day 

Congress and the President established it

Inflight Assaults and Failure to Listen to Announcements – not indicative of stature due

Certificate Of Demonstrated Proficiency, Drug-testing, Safety Duties–all point to stature

July 19th is the annual date to recognize Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day. This celebration is based on the passage of a Congressional Joint Resolution and the Issuance of a Proclamation by the President, as described  below in a notice for FASPD plus some interesting background.

The merits for such recognition are so obvious that it is odd that our legislators and Chief Executive need to promote its importance. History, however, exposes why SAFETY is not the first word association with this aviation profession.

US Airlines added what they labeled as “stewardesses” or “hostesses” in the 1920s. Even after societal awareness led to adopting the more appropriate title of FLIGHT ATTENDANT”, their employers used advertising phrases/images in the ‘60s-‘70s that detracted from the essential safety functions they were hired for. If this image was not bad enough, the uniforms worn were more suggestive than their historic business suit appearance.

The passenger attitudes continue, albeit to a lesser extent, contributing to the flight attendant safety messages not receiving the attention due. For example, one of the most significant instructions in those presentation, IN AN EMERGENCY EXIT, DO NOT CARRY YOUR BAGS, is oftentimes ignored. One cannot review the number of inflight instances of these aviation safety professionals being assaulted without concluding that the attacker did not respect this critical crew member!!!


This plague of ridiculous behavior resulted in the FAA Administrator issuing this harsh warning:


FAA Promoting Flight Attendants as Safety Professionals

December 10, 2021 - We have a lot more work to do to mitigate the disruptive and violent events on our planes. 
But we think it's important for you to know the FAA is continuing to communicate and have our backs on this issue.

Almost every day the FAA agency as a whole and FAA Administrator Dickson are publicly promoting our role as 
safety professionals and communicating consequences for disruptive passengers.

Pay attention to the flight attendants on your flight. They are trained safety professionals who are there for 
you in the event of an emergency. #FlySmart @FlyingWithSara https://t.co/D2x8pewCzn

— FAA Steve Dickson (@FAA_Steve) December 9, 2021

Perhaps. the historical perception needs to be rectified with a public transportation campaign. Pilots, mechanics, dispatchers and almost all of the aviation safety professionals hold licenses. It is not common knowledge that Flight Attendants, by act of Congress[1] must hold a Certificate Of Demonstrated Proficiency. Perhaps making this certificate  widely known will add to the cabin crew members’ status. [Might look like this.]CoDP

FAA policy guidance adds to the knowledge that a holder of a CoDP  must know in its Cabin Safety Subject Index (faa.gov); here is an abbreviated of that document’s requirements—Cabin Safety Index

Tasks, which are the sole, if not primary, responsibilities of the CoDP holders include:

  • Continuously monitor all safety conditions and emergency equipment of our aircraft while on the ground and in flight
  • Explain all safety equipment and verify that passengers are following safety signs and procedures
  • Provide hospitality and customer service to passengers
  • Greet passengers, monitor carry-on baggage, and direct passengers to assigned seats
  • Assist passengers in stowing carry-on baggage weighing up to and including 50 pounds
  • Attend to individuals needing special assistance (such as unaccompanied minors, individuals with a disability, and the elderly) throughout aircraft operations
  • Respond to onboard medical situations

Airline hiring criteria include some of these attributes:

  • Proven working experience as Flight Attendant or Customer Service experience
  • Fluency in English, multilingual is preferred
  • MS Office knowledge
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Professional image
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving skills and ability to handle difficult situationsgraduating class
  • Cabin crew certification or training

drug testingCongress, the FAA, unions and other experts struggled over what classes of aviation safety employees subject to drug and alcohol testing. The conundrum was how to balance the highly protected right to privacy against the equally revered protection of flights from impaired safety critical employees. The final decision was to statutorily mandate that Flight Attendants be categorized as Safety-Sensitive Jobs[2].

A Congressionally mandated Certificate Of Demonstrated Proficiency, command of a voluminous Cabin Safety Subject Index, demanding airlinetraining, an exacting set of safety duties, rigorous employment hiring criteria, statutory inclusion in safety-sensitive drug testing, a strong endorsement by the FAA Administrator  and a national day marking their safety contribution SHOULD earn this the RESPECT they deserve!!!




Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day; July 19th

Flight Attendant

emergency Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day is observed annually on July 19. The day is marked to appreciate flight attendants for the important work they do during flights. The holiday was proclaimed on July 13, 1990, by President George Bush. Flight attendants strive to make air travel as comfortable and enjoyable as possible as well as guard the safety of aircraft passengers. Their professionalism has saved many passengers from injury or death and continues to increase the margin of safety.


Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day was created by proclamation of the President of the United States of America on July 13, 1990. Declared byPresidential Proclamation President George Bush during his tenure, the proclamation enumerates the importance of flight attendants to passenger safety. Flight attendants strive to make air travel as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Their chief responsibility, however, is to guard the safety of aircraft passengers. Federal aviation regulations entrust flight attendants with an array of duties that are essential to protecting cabin occupants from in-flight hazards and ensuring their safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. The men and women who serve as flight attendants carry out their duties with an outstanding degree of dedication.

Their behavior has been calm and professional during accidents, hijackings, in-flight fires, sudden cabin decompression, and other situations of potential or immediate danger to human life. This tradition of professionalism has saved many passengers from injury or death and continues to increase the margin of safety for those who travel by air today.

The proclamation also reads, in part:

Joint Resolution“In recognition of the contributions America’s flight attendants have made, and continue to make, to the safety and comfort of the traveling public, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 278, has designated July 19, 1990, as Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day and has authorized and requested the President to proclaim an observance of that day.

“Now, Therefore, I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 19, 1990, as Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day. I urge the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities designed to recognize the important role flight attendants play in enhancing the safety and convenience of our nation’s air transportation system.”






  1. Appreciate a flight attendant

Every time flight attendants board a plane, they expose themselves to danger while still ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers. So next time you fly, take out time to say a big thank-you to these brave individuals.

  1. Learn more about flight attendants

Flight attendants must meet several requirements to qualify for the job. Learning about their duties and responsibilities fosters more empathy for these dedicated individuals.

  1. Spread the word

Spread the word about Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day. Share this article, using the hashtag #flightattendants.


  1. Alaskan Airlines

The average annual salary of a flight attendant working at Alaskan Airlines is $53,000.

  1. American Airlines

On average, an American Airlines flight attendant is paid $40,000 per annum.

  1. United Airlines

United Airlines reportedly pays its flight attendants an average of $44,000 per year.

  1. Southwest Airlines

On average, a flight attendant at Southwest Airlines earns about $42,000 per year.

  1. JetBlue

JetBlue pays its flight attendants about $42,500 a year, on average.


  1. Flight attendants are brave

Think of the risk involved in being on several flights every day. Being a flight attendant is a strenuous and potentially dangerous job. Flight attendants deserve all the accolades they get.

  1. Flight attendants are caring

Not only do they have to perform one of the toughest jobs, but they also have to do it all with charm and grace. Though part of their job is to keep passengers comfortable and safe, there is no doubt that they sometimes go above and beyond their duties.

  1. Flight attendants ensure safety

On average, a flight attendant may clock 65 to 85 flight hours every month. During these flights, their duties include ensuring passengers’ safety rules and making sure that all emergency equipment is functioning properly.

LINK to more of the flight attendant union historyfirst flight attendant union



[1] In 2003, Congress established a flight attendant certification requirement under the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (the Act). The Act requires that after December 11, 2004, no person may serve as a flight attendant aboard an aircraft of an air carrier unless that person holds a Certificate Of Demonstrated Proficiency (certificate) issued by the FAA


[2] drug and alcohol testing requirements under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 120. The safety-sensitive functions are listed under 14 CFR §§ 120.105 and 120.215


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