FLIGHT ATTENDANT, 83, RETIRES

Aug 28, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness Book of World Records after his 63 years of moving about the cabin ended in his home state of Hawaii.

Eighty-three-year-old Ron Akana finished his career as the longest-serving flight attendant for any U.S. carrier over the weekend on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Kauai.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Honolulu-born Akana will go into the record book this autumn.

Passengers aboard the trip to Akana’s professional final destination heard an announcement marking his longevity and wrote him well-wishes.

Akana says he decided to retire when he was offered a buyout. He was one of the first male flight attendants at United.

He returned to his home in Colorado on Monday and plans to spend his retirement travelling.

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