O, THE ADVICE YOU WILL HEED
In the wake of the tragic crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, there are emerging stories of the heroism of the cabin crew, particularly cabin manager Lee Yoon-hye. Even after suffering a broken tailbone during the impact, Ms. Lee skillfully saved lives and minimized injuries: she evacuated the passengers, she put out fires in the cabin, she helped rescue co-workers who had been injured in the crash, and when it was all said and done, she was the last person to leave the burning plane.
My advice to anyone who travels: Give your cabin crew the respect they deserve. Flight attendants take a lot of abuse from rude, belligerent, and clueless travelers, but in the event of an emergency, they are the ones who are going to save your life. Keep that in mind the next time you grumble about not getting the entire can of soda, or they don’t offer you an extra bag of honey roasted peanuts, or you feel that their attitude is a little flippant. They are there for your safety, and they are very well trained in what they do.