3/4/11

The Groovy Age of Travel #5

Ansett Airlines of Australia Air HostessTraining

Nest time you’re flying, take note of your flight attendants – both male and female. Take a good long look at their conservative attire. Then read these quotes from a 1979 newspaper article.

As the flight attendant helps you adjust your seat and begins taking orders for cocktails, have you ever wondered how the airline selects her uniform? There may be a lot more to the process than you think.

“We have a company image to project,” says Barbara Collins, assistant chief flight attendant. “We want the woman to look professional and subtly sexy.”



Ms. Collins stressed that PSA stewardesses have never worn slacks and never will. Skirts are feminine and show off legs, and for an airline that caters to a large percentage of businessmen, that’s a factor to consider.

“We try to select designs that set our attendants apart from all the rest and we want them to look young and attractive,” she says.

As part of their training, new flight attendants attend a grooming class and are then sent to a salon for advice concerning hair styles and makeup.

1967

In 1969 PSA decided to open the eyes of Californians and the airline industry by introducing the unforgettable pink and orange mini-skirts worn with matching hotpants and midcalf boots. And for the total effect, stewardesses were required to wear hula orange lipstick, false eyelashes and eyeliner.

It was time again for change in 1974. Only this time it took a more conservative approach…. The retirement of the short skirts was a big disappointment for many male travelers. But for girl watchers, there is consolation in the slit in today’s PSA skirt or the two buttons left undone in the front of the jumper.

Now take a look at a bunch of photographs of stewardesses before they were called flight attendants. Things are sooo much better now.... right?



Stewardesses 1968



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Stewardesses 1970

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15 comments:

  1. Stewardesses sitting in jet engines! I think I've just acquired a new fetish.

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  2. They honestly look like they're having a good time (think coffee, tea or me)

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  3. I'd fly if stewardesses still dressed like that and weren't gay, bitchy men or haggy bitches, and if people could still smoke on the plane, and if PanAm was still around. Otherwise, it all sucks and there's no way I'll put myself through the torture and potential death of today's air travel.

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  4. The problem is, those same women are still flight attendants. They're just 30-40 years older now.

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  5. Hell, who'd want to get on a plane nowdays, after going thru all ya have to go thru just to get on the plane in the 1st pace only to NOT have anything to drink, eat, and maybe not even breathe ! Hell ya can't wait to get off the plane once your on' ! My how times have changed - :(:(:(

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  6. May I direct your attention to the Virgin Atlantic stews - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/08/virgin-atlantic-hottest-flight-attendants-sexy-survey_n_820343.html

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  7. Yikes - Well, I'm sitting in Coach, puffing on a Ciggy, and Drinking a Martini, waiting to arrive at my Destination, whereever that may be, and the Stewardess's are all parading around the Aircraft in Lingerie & High Heels, half Drunk - were having a Grand Ol' Time - come aboard - Drinks are on the Plane (house) ! The JetRanger !

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  8. if you imagine every flight attendant as gay and or "haggy" bitches, maybe the problem is you, buddy

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  9. Ah, yes - the Golden Age of Travel. When objectifying women was more of a hobby, and less of the misogynist powertrip it actually is.

    When a man didn't feel guilty about staring at a woman's cleavage, and nobody called him a "pervert" when he just gave her a playful pinch.

    This whole "equality" thing is such a drag, isn't it?

    (Funny how nobody suggested that the stewards wear spandex and Speedo's, isn't it?)

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  10. Because nobody wants to see that, Cynic.

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  11. Male flight attendants in speedos? You can take that flight, cynic, and feel enlightened. I'll take the one with air hostesses in hot pants and feel all bad inside.

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  12. Wolter FabergeMarch 13, 2011

    Take a moment and pause for all the flight attendants who went down in aircraft accidents in the 60's and 70's. For all the glamour - there are those obvious dangers.

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  13. AnonymousMay 08, 2011

    I demand we get to smoke on planes. I get death stares when I light up a Camel on the ground, let alone when I fiddle with the pack in an airplane! "sir, some people have asthma. We need you to be considerate and please put those away. It seemed like no one had asthma in the 70's. People these days need to learn to grow a pair and quit bitching!

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  14. AnonymousJune 01, 2011

    I didn't get on a plane for the first time until 1975, and the flight attendants (still called stews back then) wore pantsuits, damnit. Now, whenever I fly, I see there are very attractive women flight attendants in short dresses...on other airlines. I can't win, lol.

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  15. This totally reminded me of something! If you’re in the Seattle area, the Museum Of Flight has a flight attendant fashion exhibit going on through the end of June! I still need to check this out, myself! http://www.museumofflight.org/exhibits/style-aisle

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