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More Than 20,000 Apply to Become American Flight Attendants, More Than Entire Current Staff

About 16,000 people serve as flight attendants for American Airlines, and they get paid an average of $45,000 a year to do so. In less than a week earlier this month, more than 20,000 job-seekers applied to fill 1,500 openings, the Star-Telegram reported this afternoon.

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming response to our regular flight attendant job postings, and believe we now have enough qualified candidates to consider for these openings,” American spokeswoman Missy Cousino said. “In the meantime, job postings for several language speakers, including Korean, Mandarin, Finnish and Japanese will remain open.”

It’s the first time American has hired new flight attendants in a decade, the article states, so if you think you keep seeing the same man handing you peanuts year-in and year-out, you’re probably right.