FILE IMAGE - American Airlines’ longest-serving flight attendant, Bette Nash (L), greets passengers disembarking from her daily return flight to Boston at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Arlington, Virginia on Dec. 19, 2017.
(Photo credit: ERIC B ARLINGTON, Va. - An 86-year-old woman who has been flying regularly for nearly 65 years was named the world’s longest-serving flight attendant by Guinness World Records. Bette Nash began her career on Nov. 4, 1957, with Eastern Air Lines.
Her first day of work was exactly one month after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik — the world's first artificial satellite — and a year before the Boeing 707 would officially enter service for commercial air travel. Through various airline mergers, Nash ended up at American Airlines. In January, she was recognized by Guinness as having the longest career as a flight attendant ever, achieving 64 years and 61 days of nonstop employment at the time of verification. She still serves as an active flight attendant with American Airlines and will celebrate 65 years in the fall. "If you've flown with us, chances are you might have met #AATeam legend Bette Nash.
She's been flying with us for 64 years and has the longest flight attendant career in our history," American Airlines wrote in an Instagram post about her, shared in March 2021. American Airlines’ longest-serving flight attendant, Bette Nash, checks the passengers' seats for forgotten items before disembarking from her daily return flight to Boston at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Arlington, Virginia on December 19, 2017. (Photo credit: ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images) Nash has spent most of her career working on the New York-Boston-Washington shuttle, which has allowed her to