Bette Nash starts each day at 2:10 in the morning, and works the Washington-Boston-Washington route.
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American Airlines Flight 2160 from Boston has just arrived in Washington, D.C., and Bette Nash, 81, helps the passengers disembark.After six decades crossing the skies as a flight attendant, Nash still has impeccable style, incredible energy and a constant smile.In the United States, pilots must retire at 65 but there is no such restriction on commercial flight attendants, of whom Bette Nash is probably the world's most senior.Nash prefers the Washington-Boston-Washington route, on which she gets priority because of her incomparable seniority.She was 21 years young and Dwight Eisenhower was president when Eastern Air Lines recruited her as a "stewardess," a word which – like Eastern itself – has disappeared from use.The plane had to return to New York.Ten years ago, for her 50th anniversary on the job, Nash's plane was welcomed on the tarmac by sprays of water from fire engines – an honor normally reserved for veteran pilots or the baptism of a brand new plane.Bette Nash will celebrate her 82nd birthday on Dec. 31 .
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