Originally Posted by Endy
I have been hunting and searching the information regarding Deaf Flight Attendants on Internet. I contacted several flight attendant association and they cannot give the names out or confirm the information according to privacy laws. Darn!
Why? The rumors got my attention saying 29 Deaf Flight Attendants are unionized in couple of flight attendant association. 6 of them use ASL, read lips and wear hearing aids. 8 of them are hard of hearing, a little in sign language. Rest of them are orally and wear hearing aids and no knowledge of sign language. I have been tracking down the rumors from people who brought up - they haven't had proper source. The rumors mentioned that airlines are mandated to comply with ADA. FAA strictly prohibits discrimination in any airline industry within this country. I contacted FAA and they didn't have records of Deaf Flight Attendants - they kept referring me to those union association.
Ugh... No luck here.
So, I am turning around to you. Anybody had FA on one's flight or know about Deaf Flight Attendants -- and which airline they are working for?
Ummm .. WOW ... as a frequent flier in the past I quickly learned that the emergency exit row has MUCH more leg room. So I would always request it. ( I am about 6ft tall ) I was refused seating in an emergency exit aisle once because when the flight attendant was explaining the 'dutys' of sitting next to the emergency door I asked her to speak up , that I was a little deaf. ( I speak normal and dont wear aids .. so most people would not notice ) She said something about "faa regs" .. I ended up getting upgraded to first class over it. They also credited my miles account with a bunch of miles and I was OK with it .. So I really did not make much of a stink over it. But I also learned to just say "yea sure , I always sit in the exit row .. I know is expected of me" , so I never got bothered again.
What I dont understand here , is how could there be an faa regulation ( Strict Rules Imposed for Sitting in Airline Exit Rows - NYTimes.com
yes it is a 20 year old article , but I have not heard ( read ) about the rules being changed at all .. also the last time I flew was pre 2001. Has this rule changed ?? ) about the seating in an exit row .. BUT they allow a flight attendant that would not meet the requirements ??