Also Not Amused by Letterman: Flight Attendants -- Politics Daily Snip also not amused are flight attendents. Were they offended by Letterman's slur? "Yes – and I'm speaking as a MALE flight attendant here," said Ken Kyle, president of the 1,200-member Denver chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Airlines. "We've fought the TV stereotype for so many years, and quite honestly, it's objectionable when you put it in light of (flight attendants' heroic actions during) 9/11 and more recently, the professionalism of the US Airways attendants during the emergency landing on the Hudson River." Snip Jokes and sexual innuendos take a long-term toll, said Kyle."They desensitize the public to the very important safety role we fill. Sure, we are sensitive to any comment we believe demeans a job we feel is important, especially the safety aspect of it." They also hit attendants in the pocket book, he said. "We face a lot of pressures – from the public and from the corporate level -- and to minimize and devalue (our) job classification makes it much more difficult for us to fight for a pay raise."