Delta Airlines to Their Senior Employees: “Let Them Eat Cake”

By Dave Fox

Twitter’s #travel community has been rallying today behind Bob Reardon. On October 1, Reardon will celebrate his 60th year as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines.

Sixty years as a flight attendant! Can you imagine how many passengers this guy has served? Can you imagine how many weather delays he has suffered through? How many in-flight meals he has choked down? How many self-important jerks he has had to appease over the years?

Can you imagine how many miles he has flown?

I’ve flown a fair number of miles myself, and as a frequent flier, the airlines have rewarded me with free tickets, upgrades, first-class lounge access when I’m flying in economy class… some nice perks that make me a little less cranky in seasons when I have to endure lots of long-haul flights. But when I say I’ve flown “a fair number of miles,” I’m talking a few hundred-thousand. For Bob Reardon, 60 years on the job, we’re talking millions and millions of miles.

So how is Delta rewarding Mr. Reardon for his 60 years of dedication to the company?

They’re giving him a cake.


It better be a fucking good cake.

So, yeah, the travel community is a little perturbed by this. Flight attendant and airline industry tweeters are particularly miffed, and the rest of us are just sort of indignantly bandying about the story because, hey, it’s fun Twitter fodder. (So thanks @delta for that.)

Tweeters are demanding that Reardon get more than just a cake. And to Delta’s credit, they are also throwing in some hors d’oeuvres, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

But wait! There’s more!

Delta has also informed Mr. Reardon that if he stays with the airline for another decade, in 2021 they’ll give him frosting.


[Photo: flickr/as737700]

Published on Monday, August 15, 2011

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