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Deltalina at Tabernacle Atlanta.jpg
Lee at a Pam Ann performance in October 2010 at The Tabernacle theater in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines' headquarters city
Born Katherine Hinton Lee
(1974-06-30) June 30, 1974 (age 40)
Heidelberg, Germany or Atlanta, Georgia (Sources differ)
Residence California, United States, U.S.
Citizenship American
Occupation Flight Attendant, Flight Attendant Instructor
Years active 1997-2012; 2015- present (As Flight attendant) 2005-2014 (As Instructor)
Spouse(s) 1
Children Unknown
Parents 1 (1 deceased)

Katherine Hinton Lee (Born June 30, 1974) also known as Katherine Lee and also by her nickname Deltalina, is a German-born American flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and from 2008-2012; 2015- is the main presenter of Delta's onboard safety videos. The first safety video featuring her was released in February 2008[1] and quickly became popular not only on board but also became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube soon after its release.[2]

With her high cheekbones, and broad, welcoming smile, Lee was soon compared to Angelina Jolie and the nickname Deltalina (from "Delta" + "-lina") appeared on blogs and YouTube comments.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lee was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 30, 1974, to a Puerto Rican father (died in December 2013) and an American mother. Her father was in the military, and the family moved around. Lee graduated from Stone Mountain High School in Metro Atlanta in 1992.[4] Lee continues to work as a Delta Air Lines flight attendant, and she is currently living in California.

Safety videos[edit]

Since 2008 to 2012; February 27, 2015- present, Lee is the main presenter of Delta's onboard safety videos. The first 2008 video[1] quickly became popular not only on board but also became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube soon after its release.[2]

The videos were praised for their ability to get passengers to pay attention to them, through several techniques:

  • the beauty of Lee herself[3]
  • through unexpected elements in the video's "plot"[2]
  • through humor — including Lee's famous finger-wag when warning passengers that "smoking is not allowed"[2] and a computerized sparkle on the teeth of flight attendant Perry de Vlugt when he demonstrates the proper use of a life vest[3]

The unorthodox videos made the news in the United States (for example, in USA Today, CNN, Wired), Netherlands (De Telegraaf)[5] and Belgium (De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad).[6]

In 2012 Delta produced two new safety videos in which Lee is not the presenter, but in which she does appear in a cameo role, admonishing against smoking on board with her famous finger wag. However, In June 2014, Delta suddenly dropped Deltalina, in order to once again to rebrand the airline, and was replaced by regular Detroit-Based flight attendants .[7][8]

Public appearances[edit]

Prior to her fame as "Deltalina," Lee appeared giving live safety briefing[9] in the May 22, 2007[10] episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show when the entire show took place aboard a Delta flight.

In September 2008, Lee shot a series of humorous instructional videos for the Atlanta Falcons football team, shown on the large screens at the Georgia Dome in advance of each home game. The videos' theme was "Delta Safety First".[11][12]

In March 2009, Lee helped celebrate the opening of the heliport atop the W Hotel Downtown Atlanta, accompanying developer Hal Barry and his wife in a helicopter which landed there, kicking off the party. Tycoon Barry, inspiration for the protagonist in the Tom Wolfe novel A Man in Full, intended to commute between downtown and his estate 50 miles (80 km) further south.[13] In the same month Lee appeared both in print and video to help kick off the relaunch of Delta's inflight magazine, Sky.[14]

In 2011, Lee served as spokesperson in an infomercial for Healthy Trim, a diet supplement.On December 14, 2011/January 24, 2012, Lee appeared on CNN offering travel tips ans her personal job as a flight attendant.[15] In November 2012 Lee appeared in a print ad for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, which appeared in Delta Sky Magazine.[16]


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