American Airlines Flight Attendant Gets Diamonds, Check for 60 Years of Service

American Airlines flight attendant Bette Nash celebrated her diamond jubilee. The company wrote a $10,000 donation on her behalf and gave her a pair of Tiffany diamond earrings.

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Bette Nash
Bette Nash began her career as a flight attendant in 1957 – when Dwight Eisenhower was president and plane tickets were only $12. She fell in love with airplanes in her late teens when she took her first flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Dayton, Ohio. “The spiffy appearance and gracious manners of the crew members first caught my eye,” Nash wrote in American Way, American Airline’s in-flight magazine.
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Bette Nash
By 21 years old, Nash was flying full time, according to a statement from American Airlines. She was hired by American Airlines, back then known as Eastern Airlines. Today, she is the company's most senior flight attendant.
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When Nash first started as a flight attendant, things on board were quite different than they are now. First, there are more safety procedures today than there were 60 years ago, Nash wrote in American Way. She used to serve lobster and carved meats and flew with the Kennedys. Her customers no longer wear suits and ties or pillbox hats. The smoking section also is long gone.
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The hospitality involved in being a flight attendant is what has kept Nash, 81, in the skies. “My favorite part has always been greeting customers as they board and thanking them as they deplane,” Nash wrote in American Way. “I’ve also enjoyed getting to know our customers.”
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American Airlines honored Nash today for six decades of service. News4’s Kristin Wright attended the festivities and snapped this photo with her.
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American Airlines presented Nash with a $10,000 check at the celebration. The money will be donated on her behalf to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church food bank.
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The company also helped Nash celebrate her diamond jubilee with a pair of diamond earrings from Tiffany & Co.
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