Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Come Fly with Us: The History of the Flight Attendants over the years

The evolution of the role of flight attendants from the golden age of travel to date has been quite dramatic. Today, we are likely to associate Flight Attendants with high fashion on the skies but this has not always been the case. The book Come Fly with Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess is a must read for anyone interested in becoming a Flight attendant or fascinated with the flight attendant career. The book discusses the evolution of flight attendants from the nurses of the 30s to the glamorous fashion icons of the 60s and 70s wearing short pants emblazoned with the words “Pure, Sober and Available”.
Glamor in the Skies
 In the 1930s, the job of flight attendant could be compared to modern day nursing.  They were involved in such duties as swatting the flies to helping passengers read railroad timetables in case the flights were forced on an emergency landing. Their job involved more of serving and care giving to ensure passengers were as comfortable during flight.

According to Come Fly with Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess , the air hostesses of the 50s were more on “wives in training”. They were good at various household-like duties ranging from preparing baby bottles to mixing martinis for passengers as aviation spread its wings.

The 60 and 70s were the sexy years when the flight attendants became the sex symbols that they have long been associated with in modern airline hostess narrative. Airlines like Brainiff outfitted their flight attendants in microskirts and sexy outfit in order to attract the male traveling public. Buy a Copy of Come Fly With Us and read about the transformation of the airlines hostess careers over the years and the women who pioneered this industry that continues to fascinate the traveling public.
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