1963 (original publication 1956)
It is been a while since we have had a Friday Fiction selection, but today is your lucky day with a romance special featuring an airline stewardess. Like most romance fiction of this period, we have a meet not-so-cute of poor, shy stewardess newbie Pamela and irritating and sexist instructor Roger. Roger evidently has a problem with women on airplanes. Of course, he offers nothing but “helpful” criticism, with a side of condescension. You know, because it’s for her own good. By the last page, Pamela is an “adult” and understands Roger and his motives for being a jerk. Naturally, he proposes marriage and all is right with the world.
I feel like this should have a warning label that your feminist sensibilities might explode.
How to be a Flight Stewardess
A Handbook and Training Manual for Airline Hostesses
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 harassment. Nary a mention other than when handling difficult people, be sweet. (Good advice! That works in libraries too. Sigh.)