The Flight Attendants: Courage in the Air

"And that's when he bit me. Right there." Cristina Jones extends her hand to show the teeth marks below her thumb on her left hand, where alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid bit her in their struggle aboard Flight 63 high over the Atlantic last December. Hermis Moutardier bears wounds from her battle with Reid too. They're just not so visible.

One minute they were flight attendants who adored flying to glamorous destinations for American Airlines. The next, they were on the front line of a war. For Jones and Moutardier, that transformation happened the day two planes from their airline were...

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