Deltalina

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Deltalina
Deltalina at Atlanta Pride.jpg
Deltalina on the Delta/Coca-Cola float in Atlanta Pride on November 1, 2009
Born Katherine Hinton Lee
November 1974 (age 39)?
Heidelberg, Germany
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Citizenship American
Occupation Flight attendant, Flight attendant instructor
Years active 1997-present (Flight attendant)
2005-present (Instructor)

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.[1] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] Lee began her career as a stewardess in 1997.

Safety videos[edit]

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.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

Public appearances[edit]

Prior to her fame as "Deltalina," Lee appeared giving live safety briefing[8] in the May 22, 2007[9] 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".[10][11]

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.[12] In the same month Lee appeared both in print and video to help kick off the relaunch of Delta's inflight magazine, Sky.[13]

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.[14] In the November 2012 Lee appeared in a print ad for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, which appeared in Delta Sky Magazine.[15]

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