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Fly the Friendly Skies

How to be a Flight Stewardess
A Handbook and Training Manual for Airline Hostesses
Smith
1966

 

This is your glimpse into the magical world of airline stewardess. Exotic destinations, cute airline pilots are just a few of the perks of a stewardess career. Girls, if you have the “right stuff”, you can join this exciting career.

So, the right stuff is:

Pretty – this means no pimples and no crazy hair, minimal makeup, no chubby girls, and a good fashion sense.

No married ladies.  Divorced and widowed ladies can be considered after a serious review and all the appropriate documents are presented to prove your status.

No entertaining men or drinking in your hotel room.

You must stay in full stewardess uniform when checking into a hotel. (You know, so people don’t get the wrong idea!)

I looked through the book for details on handling drunk customers or harrassment. Nary a mention other than when handling difficult people, be sweet. (Good advice! That works in libraries too. Sigh.)

Mary

More airline themed posts:

Fear of Flying

Glamour in the Skies!

Come Fly With Me


8 Responses to Fly the Friendly Skies

  • Although it seems patronising and a chronic underuse of talent, it really isn’t that long ago that being an air hostie was just about the best job going for a well-educated, multi-lingual, attractive, adventurous and personable young woman.

    Of course, until a couple of centuries ago, if an independent woman wanted a job she only had three choices: a nun, a prostitute or a witch.

    Fear not sisters, progress IS being made!

  • Why do they have to have good fashion sense if they have to wear a uniform?

  • My 93 year old aunt was one of the first stewardesses when commercial travel started. She worked for Trans Canada airlines. At that time you had to be a nurse. It was very glamorous and she has some great stories. When they flew trans atlantic, to Rome, say, they for at least a few days, often a week, before flying back. All expenses paid……..now it’s there and back in the same day!

  • I like the bit where they suggest passengers may think acne was the result of an airline accident!

  • If the weeding institution cares to contact me (pkg ATSIGN flock.org), I would be interested in purchasing this weeded book as a gift for a friend who is a long-haul flight attendant. She’d get a kick out of it.