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81-Year-Old American Airlines Attendant Has Been Working Since the Eisenhower Admin.

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By    |   Sunday, 26 November 2017 09:39 AM

American Airlines flight attendant Bette Nash, 81, has entered her seventh decade in the clouds, celebrating a remarkable 60th year in the profession, The Washington Post chronicled Sunday.

Nash, 81, a single mother of a son with Down syndrome has been "flying since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and a ticket for a flight cost $12," the Post reported.

"Everybody in the industry knows about Bette," said Pavel Boress, a young American Eagle flight attendant meeting the industry legend for the first time, per the Post. "She's an inspiration."

When Nash celebrated her 50th year a decade ago, she laughed at the idea she would stick around for another milestone. Pilots are mandated to retired by age 65, but there is no such rule for flight attendants, so Nash has just kept on flying and now does so amid requests for autographs and photos.

"There's just this spark — she's the first one you see when you get on," Karen Clougherty, a retired Defense Department contractor, told the Post. "She knows you and gives you a hug. I will change my schedule if I know Bette is flying."

Nash's favorite route, dubbed the "Nash Dash, according to the Post, is a shuttle from Washington, D.C., to Boston, which requires a 2:10 a.m. wakeup call but allows her to be back in time for dinner with her son who lives with her.

"Customer service is about making customers feel good," Nash told the Post. "Everyone wants number one — a little love and a little attention."

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American Airlines flight attendant Bette Nash, 81, has entered her seventh decade in the clouds, celebrating a remarkable 60th year in the profession, The Washington Post chronicled Sunday.
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