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George Clooney and Marilyn Monroe: Travellers' dream airline cabin crew

Published 13/06/2013 | 17:02

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George Clooney was voted 'dream pilot' by travellers in a survey.
Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating. Photo: AP
Marilyn Monroe would be the average holidaymaker’s ideal flight attendant, a poll has suggested. Photo: AP

Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Aniston would be the average holidaymaker’s ideal flight attendants, a poll has suggested.

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The survey asked travellers to choice their dream stewardess from both the modern era and from Hollywood’s golden age. Jennifer Aniston, best known for her role as Rachel in Friends, received 18.1 per cent of votes in the former category, putting her just ahead of The Duchess of Cambridge (17.1 per cent) – who today christened the cruise ship Royal Princess – and fellow actress Angelina Jolie (14.7 per cent). Pippa Middleton and Beyonce each received around 11 per cent of votes.

In the latter category, Marilyn Monroe received the backing of 22 per cent on those questioned. Second place went to Audrey Hepburn, with 20 per cent of the vote.

Travellers were also asked who their dream pilot would be. George Clooney pipped Prince Harry to the top slot. The actor received 22.5 per cent of the vote, while Harry – who is qualified to fly a helicopter – got just 21.4 per cent. Nearly 10.8 per cent of travellers would entrust Angelina Jolie, a keen amateur pilot, at the helm on their aircraft, putting her ahead of Aviator star Leonardo diCaprio (11.6 per cent) and Barack Obama (11 per cent).

The survey was carried out by American Airlines – the carrier this week relaunched its Heathrow–Los Angeles route using the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Earlier this year a report claimed that flight attendants have the worst jobs in travel, based on pay, stress, physical demands and future prospects.

They came 191st out of 200 careers listed in an annual survey by the website www.careercast.com.

Aerospace engineers were deemed to have the best jobs in travel - although their overall ranking was still rather middling, at 100th. Airline pilots, perhaps surprisingly, came in at 129th, taxi drivers at 146th, aircraft mechanics at 149th, bus drivers at 157th, hotel managers at 159th, air traffic controllers at 170th, and waiters at 185th.

Oliver Smith

Telegraph.co.uk

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