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Flight attendants or cabin crew (also known as stewards/stewardesses, air hosts/hostesses, cabin attendants) are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters on aircraft.Additionally, the job of a flight attendant revolves around safety to a much greater extent than those of similar staff on other forms of transportation.Flight attendants on board a flight collectively form a cabin crew, as distinguished from pilots and engineers in the cockpit.
This lingual derivation results from the international British maritime tradition (i.e.
chief mate) dating back to the 14th century and the civilian United States Merchant Marine on which US aviation is somewhat modeled.
Due to international conventions and agreements, in which all ships' personnel who sail internationally are similarly documented by their respective countries, the U. Merchant Marine assigns such duties to the chief steward in the overall rank and command structure of which pursers are not positionally represented or rostered.
Imperial Airways of the United Kingdom had "cabin boys" or "stewards"; in the 1920s.
In the US, Stout Airways was the first to employ stewards in 1926, working on Ford Trimotor planes between Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Western Airlines (1928) and Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) (1929) were the first US carriers to employ stewards to serve food.