Saturday, February 04, 2012

Flight Attendant Flashback - Style in the Aisle

If the airline industry had a baby book, 1930 would surely be an important page. As an infant industry, airlines and passengers were taking their first steps together. During that particular year, one of those steps was adding flight attendants to the crew.

Boeing Air Transport hired eight young nurses to fly as cabin attendants. The move was prompted by a letter from S. A. Stimpson, a Boeing Air Transport employee, who saw value in hiring young women to “serve food and look out for the passengers’ welfare.” From that point forward, the flight attendant or stewardess or cabin attendant became a fixture in commercial aviation and in popular culture.

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