Just lately, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker came under fire from netizens after he said that passengers on U.S. based airlines are served by "grandmothers". This was said during a speech in Ireland, boasting that the average age of Qatar Airways cabin crew is 26. He also added that U.S. airlines are crap. He then later on apologized for his statements but this did not stop Delta cabin crew from coming out with their own reply.
The reply of the Delta cabin crew was pretty straight forward and we do agree with their statement.
In the Philippines, the retirement age of cabin crew members of our airlines is 60, and this is why we have so much respect for our more senior cabin crew and pursers. At age 50+, they still have to go through stringent recurrent training every year, and that means physical activities like jump and slide, ditching, and so much more! At age 50, these cabin crew have to perform the very same duties their younger counterparts do, and that is to be the life guards inside and aircraft particularly during emergency situation. So just imagine what they have to go through. Regardless if some of them are grandmothers, for as long as they can perform their duties as a cabin crew, then we really do not think it is right to poke fun on them. At age 50, they could have just filed for an early retirement, travel for free, and stayed at home, yet, they dedicated themselves to fly and to be that safety professional our younger generation of cabin crew would look up to.
Our apologies to our Qatar Airways cabin crew but what your CEO did was just not right. Though he apologized already, this though will never be forgotten, particularly by our fellow cabin crew employed by US airlines.
Below is the video from Delta.