The Most Famous Flight Attendant: A Ranking of Notable Figures in Aviation

Choose the attendant you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 26, 2023 11:01)
Welcome aboard our high-flying ranking of the most famous flight attendants! Here at StrawPoll, we're taking off on a journey to discover which sky-high professionals have captured the hearts of millions with their exceptional service, captivating stories, and trailblazing careers. As we soar through this prestigious list, we need your help to determine who truly deserves the crown of the most iconic flight attendant. Fasten your seat belts, cast your vote, and feel free to suggest any missing names to make our ranking as comprehensive as possible. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting voyage through the world of aviation – vote now and help us reach new heights in determining the most famous flight attendant of all time!

Who Is the Most Famous Flight Attendant?

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    Ellen Church was the first female flight attendant in history. She was hired by United Airlines in 1930 and helped define the role of the modern flight attendant.
    Ellen Church in other rankings
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    Vesna Vulović is known for surviving the highest fall without a parachute. She was a flight attendant for JAT Yugoslav Airlines when a bomb exploded on board a flight, causing the plane to crash. She survived the fall and became a symbol of resilience and survival.
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    Neerja Bhanot was a flight attendant for Pan Am who saved the lives of passengers during a terrorist hijacking in 1986. She was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest civilian award for bravery.
    Neerja Bhanot in other rankings
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    Tammie Jo Shults is a former Navy pilot who became a hero when she safely landed a Southwest Airlines plane after an engine exploded mid-flight in 2018.
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    Betty Ong was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. She made a phone call to American Airlines, providing crucial information about the hijackers before the plane crashed.
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    C.B. Lansing was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines who became the face of the airline's marketing campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s. She was known for her glamorous style and impeccable service.
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    Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, famously dressed up as a flight attendant on a rival airline in 1997 after losing a bet. The stunt helped raise his profile and promote his airline.
    Richard Branson in other rankings
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    Heather Poole is a flight attendant and author who has written several books about her experiences in the airline industry. She is also a popular blogger and speaker.
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    Anisse Ismail is a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines who became an internet sensation after a video of her performing a safety demonstration went viral. She has since become a spokesperson for the airline.
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    Marlene Dietrich was a Hollywood actress and singer who also worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines during World War II. She used her celebrity status to help sell war bonds and boost morale.
    Marlene Dietrich in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous flight attendant

  1. Public recognition
    Flight attendants who have gained public recognition, either through media appearances, social media presence, or other means, may be more famous and well-known than others.
  2. Unique stories or accomplishments
    Flight attendants who have unique stories or accomplishments may also be considered for ranking. For example, flight attendants who have saved passengers' lives or have been instrumental in resolving an in-flight emergency may gain a reputation for their bravery or quick thinking.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous flight attendant. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or attendant is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 138 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each attendant once every 24 hours. The rank of each attendant is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous flight attendant

Background: Flight attendants are an essential part of the aviation industry, ensuring passenger safety and comfort during flights. Over the years, some flight attendants have become famous for their exceptional service, personality and even their looks. In this poll, we aim to determine who is the most famous flight attendant in the world. From the iconic Pam Ann to the charming Richard Branson, there are many candidates who have left an indelible mark on the industry. Let's take a closer look at some of the most famous flight attendants of all time.

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