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Flight Attendants

Flight attendants are the cabin crew, required by law to be hired and trained by the airlines to ensure the security and safety of air travelers. Their training ranges from first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and defibrillation to in-flight firefighting and surviving in the sea or ice. Flight attendants also provide routine in-flight customer services, such as distributing food and drink, making passengers as comfortable as possible. This is a female-dominated occupation; men represent only 10-20 percent of the total work force. Wages and benefits vary among airlines. According to latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for flight attendants in the United States was $35,930 in May 2008 compared with $43,140 in 2002 and $38,820 in 2000.

In 1922, the British-based ...

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