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Deltalina at Atlanta Pride.jpg
Atlanta Pride, 2011
Born Katherine Lee Hintion
(1968-11-13) November 13, 1968 (age 46)
Occupation Flight Attendant, Trainer for Delta Airlines
Years active 1997–2013, 2015-present (Flight Attendant) 2005-2014 (Trainer)
Children 2

Katherine Lee (born November 13, 1968) is a Atlanta-based flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and from 2008 until 2014 was main presenter of Delta's onboard safety videos. The first Deltalina safety video 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]

Safety video[edit]

The video are praised for their ability to get passengers to pay attention to them, through several techniques.

The unorthodox video made the news in the United States (for example, in USA Today, CNN, Wired), Netherlands (De Telegraaf)[3] and Belgium (De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad).[4]

The video however, was criticized in the book How to Do Things With Videogames by Ian Bogost because, in Bogost's opinion, the attention that is paid to the videos is given to Lee and not to the actual safety instructions.[5]

In Late 2012, Delta Air Lines made 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.[6][7] However, starting in June 2014, three flight attendants from Minneapolis (2) and Detroit (1) (respectively), took over her role in three New Delta safety videos (2013) for the first time since 2005. This Flight attendant will be returning to the safety video thus returning to the media in July 2015.

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 2011, Lee served as spokesperson in an infomercial for Healthy Trim, a diet supplement.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on November 13, 1968, to a Puerto Rican father and a German mother. Her father was in the military, and the family moved around. Lee graduated from Stone Mountain High School in Metro Atlanta in 1992. Lee is currently living in California.


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