Mary Altaffer, AP
Over the years, the job description and public perception of flight attendant staff on commercial airlines has changed enormously. A role once filled only by women who needed to be registered nurses aged 25 or younger, the "sky girls" of yesteryear have certainly taken on a new role. Today's flight attendants are responsible for, among many tasks, passenger comfort and safety. And, during intense moments of rescue or inappropriateness, the amount of scrutiny or media coverage that is generated can make them instant household names.