JetBlue Recruiting New York Cops and Fire Fighters as Flight Attendants

JetBlue knows what it's looking for in flight attendants, and is finding a certain type best fits the mold: New York cops and fire fighters.

The New York-based carrier has hired several hundred retired city police officers and firefighters since its launch a decade ago, reports The Wall Street Journal.

JetBlue decided hiring attendants with experience dealing with the public, who would focus on safety and could handle people in stressful situations was a good thing. A willingness to work weekends and holidays and to take charge of an aircraft cabin were also desired qualities, writes columnist Scott McCartney.

The first group of JetBlue flight attendants in 1995 included a recently retired firefighter, Leonard Spivey, "who became a role model for the airline and is still flying today at age 70," McCartney writes. In addition to all the desired safety attributes he brought "corny jokes" and an "upbeat nature."

Spivey has helped find others with emergency response experience to work as flight attendants -- NYPD and FDNY veterans can typically retire after 20 years of service, so are ripe for recruitment.

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