In late 2014 I wrote about Bette Nash, the world’s most senior flight attendant. She had been flying for 57 years, and seemed like an absolute gem. At the time The Boston Globe created a video about her, highlighting the “lifetime of lessons” she learned from 30,000 feet:
My favorite part was what she found to universally be true:
But Bette, as she approaches her birthday on New Year’s Eve, says she has found something that seems universal and true.
“People want a little love. And I don’t mean a lot of hugging and everything, even though we might do that. But this is the big thing: People need attention. You can’t buy love. You can’t buy attention. But people need this.”
“And it’s for free,” Bette says. “You can give this to people for free.”
As it turns out, Bette is still flying 18 months later, and she’s now 80. This past week CNN shared an awesome interview with her, following her around once again, and it can’t help but make me smile:
On one hand airlines always talk about flight attendants’ primary role being safety, and one has to wonder how good of a job can be done evacuating a plane at that age. While flight attendants have to go through recurrent training, they’re allowed to retake the test several times, which seems a bit backwards, since in the event of an emergency they only have one chance to evacuate everyone.
That being said, in the case of Bette, I can’t help but have a big smile on my face when I see her awesome attitude and how much she seems to love what she does. What an incredible person.
Have you flown with Bette? I hope to run into her one day!