Aug 28, 2012
By Bob Sheppard
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.