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Rules For Flight Attendants In 1966  
User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 13
Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

I found a full Flight Attendant's manual for Eastern Airlines a few years ago, and I never really looked at it. I'm reading it now, and I want to share with you some of the requirements in 1966:

"Buns, chignons, French twists, boyish bobs, pony tail, straight hair, excessive teasing, extreame bouffants, or other extreme hair styles are not permitted"

"Lipstick must be worn. Only true reds, corals, and dark pinks, non-iridescent, are acceptable colors."

"Nails must be of medium length and neatly manicured. Nail polish colors must be true reds or pinks."

This is starred: "Weight must be maintained in proportion to heigh and may not vary appreciably from employee's weight when hired."

"Harsh, bright, unnatural looking colors, frsoting, tipping, stripping, or frequent changes of hair color will not be permitted."

"Stewardness are not permitted to come to the field on Company business in shorts, jeans, slacks, etc., hair up in curlers, or without makeup."

"Stewardesses in uniform are expected to use disecretion while smoking in public. They must always be seated and conduct themselves in a ladylike manner."

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User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

My mother became a FA in mid 1960s in Olympic. Their rules were really strict. They had to either have short hair or tie them on the back with a small net, as no passenger would like hair hanging over his/her meal. My mom chose to cut them short. They had to wear lipstick and makeup, have their hair done perfectly before their flight, have clean uniforms and always a 2nd pair of gloves. A FA could really get in trouble if she wasn't physically nice (fat, without makeup, lousy hair), or if she had a bad manner. Many chief FAs at that time were from other countries or had a lot of experience. They knew how to keep all employees on board perfect in all aspects.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Well it's pretty obvious that standards have plummeted since then. Look at some of the scraggly beasts you see nowadays.

True the role of the F/A has changed from that of "air waitress" to "air warden".

But still...you would think that the companies would want to have a nice image. I just don't feel comfortable with those diesel dikes up there.

If the plane goes down in a flaming ball of fire, there isn't a whole lot they will be able to do anyway.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

My Mum was a fligth attedant and got told off once, for being in uniform with no lipstick on! Pretty stricty huh!

User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

And most of the chef FAs were very annoying. During my mother's first flight, the chief FA told her to go to serve First Class where all older FAs were assigned because A. Onassis was on board. It was a tough surprise for her.

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Quite entertaining. Really good post!

And I had already been wondering where stewardesses had got their image as supermodels from...
Today few (if any) fit that image....

However, I still think it is better to have well-trained lifesavers than to have good-looking straw-brained barbie-dolls who barely manage to explain their name in the safety announcement...



User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

FAs were beautiful and smart at the same time. Women who are bimbos didn't and don't have any place there when it comes to safety issues.

User currently offlineAIRFUN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

women can be beautiful and intelligent, their safety training depends on the emphasis of that paticular company. Americans are becoming a FAT nation and it is showing everywhere. I had a friend who had recently trained for a major-they didn't give any training for in flight movie volume control-8 weeks of training-oops forgot to teach them!! Made the new hires look stupid. A clean, pulled together look with a calming affect is perfect!!

User currently offlineSA-JET From South Africa, joined May 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Bring back 1966 any day!

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