Young Down syndrome woman becomes Jetstar flight attendant
A young woman with Down syndrome has had her dream come true after joining a passenger plane’s cabin crew for the day.
Georgia Knoll, 25, recently joined Jetstar’s crew after the airline learned about her wanting to join the team.
“Part of my passion being a flight attendant is making people happy,” Ms Knoll said.
Ms Knoll uploaded a video of herself practising the safety demonstration on her Facebook page, Georgia Knoll’s Journey, in November.
It received more than 5000 views and caught the attention of Jetstar.
Earlier this week, the airline invited Ms Knoll on board but not before teaching her the ropes and giving her a uniform.
Ms Knoll greeted passengers at Brisbane Airport as they boarded the flight to her hometown of Mackay and assisted with the safety demonstration.
Jetstar cabin crew manager Nicky said having Ms Knoll on board was a wonderful experience for all involved.
“Georgia is so full of life and is great with our customers, she was such a fantastic addition to our team and we all felt so lucky to have her spend the day with us,” she said.
Ms Knoll said she hopes her work as an advocate helps “break through barriers” and allow people with disabilities to be themselves.
“Just love yourself,” she said.
Her mother Debra said her daughter “is very passionate about people all being treated the same”.
“I think it tells society that you don’t put limitations on people,” she said.
Jetstar shared video of Ms Knoll’s day on the job and it’s been viewed more than 100,000 times.
One woman asked why Ms Knoll was only invited on board for just the day.
“She seems to have nailed it,” she wrote.
Another added it was an example of “what the world needs now: “understanding and equality”.
In other recent heartwarming news, a toddler who many thought may never walk was filmed taking her first steps – much to her mother’s joy.
In February, a kind-hearted police officer left a note and generous tip for a pregnant waitress.
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