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|Born||Katherine Hinton Lee
November 1974 (age 39)?
|Residence||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Occupation||Flight attendant, Flight attendant instructor|
|Years active||1997-present (Flight attendant)
Katherine Hinton Lee (born 1974?) also known as Deltalina, is an American flight attendant and instructor for Delta Air Lines. Lee gained widespread attention as the main presenter of Delta's in-flight safety videos, the first of which featuring her premiered in February 2008 on YouTube. Part of an airline re-branding effort, the unconventional Delta safety videos featuring Lee quickly became popular not only onboard, but also became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube soon after its release.
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Katherine Lee was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1974 while her father was serving in the U.S. military. In 1986 her family returned to the states and moved to Metro Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated Stone Mountain High School in September 1992. Lee began her career as a stewardess in 1997.
Lee is the main presenter of Delta's in-flight safety videos released in 2008, a role which earned her the nickname, "Deltalina". Delta's in-flight safety videos which featured Lee gained wide media attention in the United States and internationally for its unorthodox approach to airline safety, combining cinematic, humorous, and attention-grabbing elements in the videos. The safety videos were some of the most praised in the industry for their ability to attract the attention of passengers through these techniques.
In 2012, Delta produced 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 "smoking is not allowed" finger wag from the 2008 videos.
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".
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. In the same month Lee appeared both in print and video to help kick off the relaunch of Delta's inflight magazine, Sky.
In 2010, Lee served as spokesperson in an infomercial for Healthy Trim, a diet supplement. In January 2012 (This was recorded in March 2011?), Lee appeared on CNN offering travel tips. In the November 2012 Lee appeared in a print ad for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, which appeared in Delta Sky Magazine.
- Official in-flight video, Delta Air Lines
- "Deltalina, Hottest Video On YouTube", Z107.7 FM (St. Louis), March 25, 2008
- Jennifer Brett, "'Deltalina,' a real Delta employee, is loving the safety spotlight", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 25, 2008
- "Deltalina breekt door" ("Deltalina gets her big break"), De Telegraaf, 23 March 2008
- "Stewardess schittert in instructiefilmpje" ("Flight attendant shines in instructional video"), De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad, 24 March 2008
- "New Delta safety videos, Deltalina is back", Atlanta Business Chronicle, Jacques Couret, November 13, 2012
- "Deltalina is back in new Delta air safety videos", 11 Alive (Atlanta), Nov 12, 2012
- Deltalina leading safety presentation on flight, Ellen (tv series) May 22, 2007
- date: "This Day in Ellen History", Ellen show, May 22, 2010
- "DELTALINA WAGS HER FINGER AT THE DOME", "Peach Buzz", Access Atlanta (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), September 24 2008
- "Delta, Official Airline of the Atlanta Falcons", Delta Air Lines, September 26, 2008
- Leon Stafford, "It’s easier to get a lift downtown: New helipad provides way to beat traffic", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2009-03-11
- "Deltalina welcomes you to the new Sky Magazine", Sky magazine, Delta Air Lines, March 26, 2009
- "Deltalina's travel tips", CNN.com
- Delta Sky Magazine, November 2012 (no online version available)
- "Fame and Marriage Proposal for Deltalina", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Richard L. Eldredge, "Delta’s famed attendant, others offer travel packing tips", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 21, 2008
- "Delta's Red-Headed Flight Attendant a Hit on YouTube in Airline's Safety Video", FOX News, March 23, 2008