At 80 years old, retirement is the last thing on the mind for this flight attendant. Bette Nash has been working as a flight attendant for nearly 60 years – for the same airline – and she's not about to quit.
Bette Nash started working as a flight attendant when Dwight Eisenhower was President of the United States and airline tickets were only $12. The 80-year-old airline worker first put on her Eastern Airlines uniform (now American Airlines) when she was just 21 years old but doesn't have any plans to retire.
At 80 years of age, it's safe to say she's seen it all, and served them all.
"The Kennedys used to fly with us," Nash says, while preparing drinks on her daily route from Washington National to Boston Logan on American Airlines. It's her regular route, and her passengers are friends. Greetings include a hug and a sincere inquiry on how they're doing.
"I wanted to be a flight attendant from the time I got on the first airplane - I was 16 years old, I was sitting with my mother on a green leather couch at Washington , and this crew came up from TWA," the flight attendant told CNN.
"My favourite stories all include being able to help our customers and feel like my job puts me in a position to give them a little special care and kindness," she told the Mail Online. "I love all our regular customers and meeting new ones."
When she first took flight, planes were a place of luxury. Almost a vacation in itself. It was a sophisticated party in the air, where everyone wore their Sunday best and ate lobster on real china. "You worked harder physically in those days," Nash recalls. "We served this big meal tray. And I was the only one on the plane, so I had to take care of everybody."
As long as she has her health, she does not plan on retiring anytime soon.
She said: "'Why not work? It's still fun. "
"I'm holding out at least for my Diamond Jubilee (60 years) like Queen Elizabeth."