Cabin crew within the 1950s needed to take nice care of their look whereas at work.


The early many years of flying had been strongly related to glamour and luxurious as solely the rich may afford to fly.


Consequently, the air hostesses had been anticipated to look pleasing to the attention.


Nevertheless, some flight attendant necessities had been additionally very sensible and obligatory.




An air hostess who served with United Airways within the USA within the early 1950s has revealed the peak restrictions that had been in place.


Ethel Pattison, 93, joined United Airways as a stewardess in the summertime of 1951.


Right this moment, she is a historian at Los Angles airport in California, US which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this 12 months.


She defined that when she flew, air hostesses wanted to be inside a sure peak bracket.


This was totally from sensible causes as the girl wanted to have the ability to attain upwards in addition to not scraping the plane ceiling.


“In these days, these girls making use of to be stewardesses needed to be 5 foot 2 inches to five foot eight inches,” she instructed Categorical.co.uk.




“With the jets, planes had been greater and so peak elevated to five foot 10 inches to succeed in the overhead storage.”


Air hostesses additionally needed to take care of their weight, and this was measured by bosses regularly.


A New York Instances categorised advert for stewardesses at Japanese Airways listed the next necessities in 1966: “A highschool graduate, single (widows and divorcees with no youngsters thought-about), 20 years of age (ladies 19 1/2 might apply for future consideration).


“5’2” however not more than 5’9″, weight 105 to 135 in proportion to peak.”


The strict guidelines didn’t stop the cabin crew having fun with themselves, nonetheless.




“I loved being a stewardess, dwelling with roommates in Seattle and travelling and studying about the US, it was a terrific expertise for me,” Ethel mentioned.


Ethel went on the grow to be America’s First Airport Tour Information in 1956 at Los Angeles airport.


The airport then was extremely completely different to the large bustling hub it’s in the present day.


“LAX was three two storey buildings earlier than the jet age airport in 1961, two for the airways with small seating space for passengers and their exterior gates and one for submit workplace, financial institution, espresso store and climate bureau, restaurant and remark deck on the second story,” she defined.


She added: “Wanting again in time at how far LAX has come, it appears to adapt to its progress and improve in passenger totals effectively and we stay up for seeing it proceed to succeed in its potential.”


Guidelines nonetheless apply to flight attendants in the present day with regards to look, though they’re extra relaxed. 




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