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Air hostess book

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.)



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  1. 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!

    1. Don’t forgot the boatwoman of Nyort from Margret’s Heptameron. She seemed to be independent of any man.

    2. True enough. All the same, I always felt sorry for/vaguely horrified at them as a child. Clearly I have no Gypsy blood in me, because the idea of a life of constant travel sounds like it surely ought to be a level of Hell…

  2. 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…… it’s there and back in the same day!

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

  4. If the weeding institution cares to contact me (pkg ATSIGN, 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.

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