From ensuring the safety and security of the aircraft cabin to proper food handling, galley equipment operation and being "in tune" with the passengers, a flight attendant must be well trained and knowledgeable in onboard procedures as well as trip support.
In the event of an emergency, the pilots' primary duty is to maintain operational control of the aircraft resolving any issues as quickly and safely as possible. The flight attendant's primary duty is to prepare the passengers and cabin in the event an evacuation may be necessary once on the ground. From instructing passengers to don life vests or smoke hoods to securing the cabin, having a TRAINED flight attendant onboard is vital for the safety of EVERYONE onboard.
For those flight departments and CEOs who choose not to employ a flight attendant, consider sending the executives through an inflight medical and emergency evacuation training program. Flight department personnel may feel more at ease if their executives know how to assist and evacuate an aircraft in an emergency.
JR Flight Services, Inc.