The US airline aimed to share Stinson’s journey to encourage children from all over the world to follow their dreams. The flight attendant’s story began in an orphanage in South Korea. After Jonnie Stinson, Karen’s adoptive mother, received approval for adoption, she decided to fly and meet her daughter. After Jonnie missed her flight, an AA agent stepped in and helped her and a volunteer onto a flight to her final destination.
The new family soon moved to Euless, Texas, where Stinson grew up not far from where construction began on Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in 1969.
“As I learned more about my story and grew into a teenager, my destiny became clear: I wanted to be an AA flight attendant one day,” confessed Stinson.
That dream became reality in 1998. Stinson has now spent two decades in the sky, and she has made it her mission to give back.