Let's just call them "Flight Attendants."
The pretty stewardess, now termed a 'flight attendant', can be seen in the updated PC version of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever - see www.flickr.com/photos/kokogiak/66090299/in/set-1425737 (and linked pages) for a delightful look through some of the changes.
Back in the 60s and 70s many a girl's ambition was to take to the skies for a short working life of glamourous travel followed by a rich husband picked up in 1st. In return they were advertised as available - the "I'm Margie, Fly Me" National Airlines campaign from McCann Erickson (which prompted the 10cc song) was not untypical. Today the lot of the trolley dolly has less allure.
I can't locate Margie, but enjoy some old airlines advertising at www.creativepro.com/story/feature/21066.html
Dolly the stew is up, halfway through her safety dance ('your nearest exits are..."). I'll animate the rest of it when I get the impulse. In the meantime why not browse Cliff Muskiet's personal collection of over 390 uniforms from 234 airlines? www.uniformfreak.com
Incidentally, did you spot the deliberate mistake? No, not the high heels (make 'em suffer for appearance's sake) - I mean the company logo (on the hat). In reality it would never be allowed to point in a downward direction, lest it subliminally suggest 'plummet'.
When you're coming down the airlines switch off any indication of height and speed and turn on soothing music. On one flight I was on this was slightly spoilt by their choice of an instrumental version of Elton John's 'Song for Guy', to which we could sing along with the lyrics - all together now -
Life, Isn't everything, Isn't everything, Isn't everything
We were stuck on the tarmac at Manchester for over an hour 'cos some twat wanted to sit next to their child (aged about 12 and clearly wishing that their father would sit down somewhere else) and they refused to sit down, so the plane couldn't take off, so we missed our 'slot', so they unloaded their luggage, and they caught another flight and we had to wait for another slot tocomeavailableooooh I boil still just thinking of it
ANYWAY the point of this is that they played Dido on an endless loop, and I can think of no more convincing a description of Hell.
Sorry about the irrelevance of this. I just hope that that twat reads this one day, though he probably wouldn't understand the irony.
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