History of the 'Fly Me' era
July 24, 2011 10:46 AM Subscribe
"Fly me" : I'm looking for more information on the early restrictions on flight attendants- that they be single, slim, attractive, etc. Who pioneered these policies? How much did they vary across the globe? Did other industries at the time have formalized policies with similar biases?
posted by abirdinthehand to society & culture (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
A French acquaintance of mine mentioned that she began working in the US as a flight attendant back in the day because in France you couldn't work past 30. So I began to wonder about the beginnings of these policies and their variations by location. Are similar policies still in place in other countries?
Why were these policies made? I'm sure there were/are a lot of industries with similar biases that just do not formalize them. Were there others at the time with similarly biased policies?
How strictly were they enforced? My French friend said many attendants pretended to be single to stay employed, which seems like something easily discovered by the airline.
I couldn't find much online, other than general information. Any links, anecdotal info or book recommendations welcome!