I was told the Cabin Crew Executives (CCE) are now going back on flights to appraise the crew. The standard of the inflight service must be deteriorating like crazy to enlist the CCEs' assistance.
8 years ago they got rid of the most experienced CCes by offering early retirement.They replaced them with what they called IA or in flight auditors who are actually inflight supervisors (IFS). The CCE is a management position and the IFS is not. In order to reduce cost they did away with the CCEs. The CCEs were also considered "dinosaurs" and redundant.
Now my younger ex colleagues in the office the CCEs must be grinning from ear to ear. The reasons are because they "love" flying and staying in 5 star hotels all over the world. Besides, flying will break the monotony of the office work which most loathe.
It's a good thing they didn't opt for the early retirement.
BT: The CCEs were formerly cabin crew.