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Behind the Wings ®
The Podcast – S4, Episode 36

Explore the evolution of cabin safety and learn how it could save your life.

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Today, we are excited to talk with retired Cabin Safety Specialist, and Wings Over the Rockies Volunteer, Denisekaren “DK” Deaderick. DK has been in this field for over 40 years and was the first Black woman to hold the position of FAA Cabin Safety Inspector. In this episode, we learn what exactly cabin safety is, how it has changed alongside advancements in technology, and how new regulations and rules are shaping the industry today. This one is going to be cool!

Denisekaren “DK” Deaderick and her colleagues
Key Takeaways:
  • DK got her start in aviation as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines.
  • Throughout her career, she has written a flight attendant manual, had multiple programs approved by the FAA, and even has her own rule enforced by the FAA that allows passengers to bring portable oxygen concentrators onboard.
  • Cabin safety personnel support the operation of the aircraft by monitoring cabin hazards and risks.
  • DK encourages all passengers to read every safety card as each airplane model has different emergency procedures.
  • Despite the technical errors that Boeing aircraft have been facing, DK believes that they are working hard to fix the problems. In general, commercial airplanes are still the safest form of travel.
  • Commercial space travel is right around the corner, and with it, a whole new set of cabin safety rules and regulations. DK hopes there is a future for flight attendants onboard space flights.
  • Cabin safety jobs will always be relevant and necessary, and DK encourages listeners to pursue a career in this field
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