The @aastews Twitter account shares the story of how flight attendant @maddieryanee accidentally spilled a tray of drinks on American’s CEO, Doug Parker, and it’s sort of a cute story (as much as spilling drinks on someone can be a cute story):
So yesterday I worked a flight from Phoenix to Dallas. I had our CEO (Doug Parker) on my flight. I was just doing my job being the good little flight attendant I am, serving my predeparture drinks.
I have a tray of about 8 drinks on it when the passenger in front of me stops in the aisle and backs up. Hits the tray and the drinks go flying.
Guys I have worked for American Airlines for 4 years, and not once have I ever spilt a drink on a passenger.
Guess who they land on. Half of them were all over me, the other half in Doug’s lap. I WAS MORTIFIED, I wanted to drop dead right there in the aisle. (Like am I still employed?!) Luckily he was cool about it came back and we talked, we joked about it he rest of the flight.
When he was getting off the plane he told me he’d never forget me…. guess that’s a good thing right?
Most people never even meet their CEO let alone shower them in sparkling water and jack and cokes.
As much as I give Doug Parker a hard time for the job he does running American, I’ve long thought that he’s the most genuinely likable of the “big three” airline CEOs. Or perhaps more accurately, if I had to work for a US airline and accidentally spill drinks on a CEO, I’d want it to happen with Parker.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)