World’s longest-tenured flight attendant, Bette Nash, passes away at 88

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28th May 2024 – (New York) Bette Nash, renowned as the world’s longest-tenured flight attendant after serving the skies for nearly 67 years, has died at the age of 88. American Airlines shared the sad news with a memo to flight attendants on Saturday, obtained by ABC News.

Despite a recent breast cancer diagnosis, Nash never officially retired from her role with American Airlines. She passed away on May 17 while under hospice care.

Nash embarked on her aviation career in 1957 with Eastern Airlines, which later merged with American Airlines. Throughout her remarkable tenure, she primarily worked the DC-NY-Boston Shuttle route to ensure she could be home every night to care for her son, who has Down syndrome.

In 2022, Nash was honored with the Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving flight attendant, a testament to her dedication and commitment to the profession.

Described as having a quick wit, magnetic personality, and a deep passion for serving others, Nash was an inspiration to her colleagues and the entire airline industry. She showcased resilience in an era when flight attendants faced strict restrictions, including weight and personal relationship regulations.

American Airlines paid tribute to Nash, acknowledging her as an industry icon and role model. Her passing marks the end of an extraordinary era in aviation, but her legacy will continue to inspire those who follow in her footsteps.