The heroism of the flight attendants in the San Francisco crash landing

July 10, 2013

“High stress in high heels: Asiana Air flight crew praised for timely response”
Commenting on the heroism of the flight attendants on board the Asiana Airlines jetliner that crash-landed in San Francisco last Saturday,  Bill Briggs of NBC News wrote: “They punctured an emergency chute that inflated inside the damaged plane and trapped people beneath. They doused fires while guiding—and sometime carrying—passengers through smoke to exits and away from the wreckage. . . . That the South Korean crew coolly carried out those valiant tasks while wearing pencil skirts, high-heeled pumps, buttoned blazers and scarves equally impressed high-ranking members of two U.S. flight crew unions.”   Two flight attendants were thrown from the plane onto the runway and survived with injuries.  The heroic actions of the jetliner’s flight attendants not only spotlighted their complete devotion to the safety and care of their passengers and their ability to skillfully apply their training to actual emergencies but also can serve to remind us of the strength of character displayed by flight attendants over the history of flight.  In an article for the Women’s History Network Blog, titled “Up in the Air—Women as Flight Attendants Seeking Equality,”  Joycelynne A. Scutt writes: “Since its inception, air travel has been a site for women’s activism.”  In spite of different cultural values, especially in regard to appropriate dress and service, such activism is not confined to the United States.  Just a few months ago, a ruling from Asiana Airlines was issued that would allow their female flight attendants, for the first time, the choice of wearing pants instead of the pencil skirts that have long been the practice.

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Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.