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(Flyer Talk)   A person is more likely to get accepted to Harvard than become a flight attendant for Delta   (flyertalk.com ) divider line
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2013-03-23 11:54:02 AM  
And while we all have a 100% chance of dying, we have a 20% chance of dying of heart disease, a 14% chance of dying of cancer, a 4.34% chance of dying of a stroke, a 2.7% chance of dying from an accidental injury, and a 1% chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident.


"There's a fish. There's a rock. Who cares? Don't die..."
"Let's swim, and breathe, and live..."
"Because living is good"
"and dying... not as good."
 
2013-03-23 12:31:41 PM  
A person is more likely to get accepted to Harvard than become a flight attendant for Delta

No.
 
2013-03-23 12:42:05 PM  
Your blog is bad and you should feel bad.
 
2013-03-23 12:43:03 PM  
The author obviously didn't go to Harvard.
 
2013-03-23 12:54:02 PM  
If that's the case, I'm glad I didn't get my heart set on being a Delta flight attendant
 
2013-03-23 12:54:17 PM  
By that logic, since the odds of winning the lottery are 175,000,000 to 1, and the US has a population of approximately 313000000, then there are 1.78 winners at any one moment! I SHOULD BUY A TICKET!
 
2013-03-23 12:55:05 PM  
You have a better chance of being an employee of Harvard than going there.
 
2013-03-23 12:55:24 PM  
This explains why Delta flight attendants are twice as arrogant and overbearing as any Harvard grad I've ever met.
 
2013-03-23 03:34:41 PM  
I bet it's even less likely to get a job as Washington State's pot guru.
 
2013-03-23 03:46:58 PM  
Its amusing whenever a journalist realizes they can do simple math, its way more lulzy when its a misguided assumption they've mastered stats though, like this.
 
2013-03-23 03:48:23 PM  
Maybe that explains how it was Harvard, and not Delta, that beat New Mexico in the NCAA tournament.
 
2013-03-23 03:56:28 PM  
Damn unions.

/oh wait, they are not unionized?
 
2013-03-23 04:05:43 PM  
Maybe Southwest should raise their standards. I haven't seen anything cute in a Southwest uniform in years. All the flight attendants on SW are battle-hardened, over-the-hill cougars.
 
2013-03-23 04:14:16 PM  
Think you have a chance to be hired as a flight attendant with Delta?

www.gamasutra.com
 
2013-03-23 04:21:56 PM  
Reminds me of the article that said you have something like a 1 in 260 chance of getting on the NY Times bestsellers list as if the only factor in getting on the list is getting a book published.
 
2013-03-23 04:32:12 PM  

Whistling Kitty Chaser: Reminds me of the article that said you have something like a 1 in 260 chance of getting on the NY Times bestsellers list as if the only factor in getting on the list is getting a book published.


Considering there are plenty horrible nyt best sellers...
 
2013-03-23 05:59:11 PM  
Not sure how big a thing this is supposed to be.

Remember, folks: THIS guy
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
has a Harvard MBA,
 
2013-03-23 06:18:58 PM  
Many more people self select themselves out of applying to Harvard.
 
2013-03-23 06:55:04 PM  

office_despot: This explains why Delta flight attendants are twice as arrogant and overbearing as any Harvard grad I've ever met.


This.

Those red jackets mean two things, 1) I got to connect through Atlanta or Minneapolis or Detroit, and 2) it will suck.
 
2013-03-23 08:14:00 PM  
But going to Harvard will get you that job at Delta.
 
2013-03-23 09:50:20 PM  
I doubt that Delta actually got 50,000 applications for 400 openings.  Probably off by a factor of 10.
 
2013-03-23 10:40:34 PM  
"A person is more likely to get accepted to Harvard than become a flight attendant for Delta "

By this logic is more likely to get accepted to Harvard then to get a job at our local Walmart. They had 70,000 applications for 200 jobs.
 
2013-03-24 12:16:48 AM  

poot_rootbeer: I doubt that Delta actually got 50,000 applications for 400 openings.  Probably off by a factor of 10.


If you don't mind my asking...what do you base this on?

I heard the originating report last week on NPR. Every major airline has a similar response for stewardess postings. Southwest, Delta, American, etc. And yea, they ALL had 30K+ for a couple hundred openings.
 
2013-03-24 12:56:24 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: By that logic, since the odds of winning the lottery are 175,000,000 to 1, and the US has a population of approximately 313000000, then there are 1.78 winners at any one moment! I SHOULD BUY A TICKET!


^^nailed it.
/um... what numbers?
//or one random
 
2013-03-24 01:00:47 AM  
What are chances the new flight attendant will actually be hot? 1%, 2%?
 
2013-03-24 03:42:52 AM  
I'll take 'Statistics that mean absolutely jack shiat' for $100, Alex.
 
2013-03-24 05:54:50 AM  

johnnyrocket: What are chances the new flight attendant will actually be hot? 1%, 2%?


Depends, you straight or gay?
 
2013-03-24 09:26:41 PM  

ghare: johnnyrocket: What are chances the new flight attendant will actually be hot? 1%, 2%?

Depends, you straight or gay?


Hot is Hot... gender matters not
 
2013-03-25 01:32:02 AM  
Two points 1) It is like that all over.  Our department advertised for two positions requiring a PhD and got somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 applications.  A selection ratio of 1% and much lower than has historically been the case.  Decent jobs are becoming scarce.

2)  Looks certainly don't factor into their decision as I don't think I have ever seen a hot Delta flight attendant.
 
2013-03-26 01:43:26 AM  
Biased sample pool and all that....
 
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