Cabin crew within the 1950s needed to take nice care of their look whereas at work.
The early a long time of flying had been strongly related to glamour and luxurious as solely the rich might 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 vital.
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.
At present, 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 top bracket.
This was completely from sensible causes as the lady wanted to have the ability to attain upwards in addition to not scraping the plane ceiling.
“In these days, these women making use of to be stewardesses needed to be 5 foot 2 inches to five foot eight inches,” she informed Categorical.co.uk.
“With the jets, planes had been greater and so top 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 frequently.
A New York Occasions labeled advert for stewardesses at Jap Airways listed the next necessities in 1966: “A highschool graduate, single (widows and divorcees with no youngsters thought-about), 20 years of age (women 19 half might apply for future consideration).
“5’2” however not more than 5’9″, weight 105 to 135 in proportion to top.”
The strict guidelines didn’t forestall the cabin crew having fun with themselves, nevertheless.
“I loved being a stewardess, residing with roommates in Seattle and travelling and studying about america, it was an important expertise for me,” Ethel mentioned.
Ethel went on the develop into America’s First Airport Tour Information in 1956 at Los Angeles airport.
The airport then was extremely completely different to the massive bustling hub it’s right this moment.
“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 commentary deck on the second story,” she defined.
She added: “Trying again in time at how far LAX has come, it appears to adapt to its development and enhance in passenger totals properly and we stay up for seeing it proceed to succeed in its potential.”
Guidelines nonetheless apply to flight attendants right this moment in terms of look, though they’re extra relaxed.