Celebrating 50 Years in the Friendly Skies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) --Seventy-year-old Barbara Beckett of Boynton Beach makes about five trips a month for the airline, mostly between Miami and London and Miami and Buenos Aires.

When Beckett began her career in 1960, flight attendants were
required to be single. They were fired if they got married,
exceeded weight maximums or reached age 32.

Airline industry advocates eventually eliminated such rules through litigation,negotiation and government intervention.

The age restriction was eliminated by 1970, as Beckett was
approaching the cutoff.

Beckett says she still enjoys her job, though increasingly inconsiderate passengers make it challenging.

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