14 Vintage Photos of Flight Attendants

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14 Vintage Photos of Flight Attendants
We sometimes fantasize about what it was like to fly in the mid-20th century. Back then, people dressed up for flights rather than reaching for yoga pants, there were no baggage fees, you didn’t have to remove your shoes for security, and you enjoyed a full meal (with drinks!) during the flight. There were, of course, not-so-great aspects to it too: Air travel was reserved for the wealthy because of the high costs, routes were limited, and smoking on board was allowed. 

The job of flight attendant, then referred to as “air hostess” or “stewardess,” was one of the few professions open to women in the 1930s. Soon, it became almost exclusively for women. Flight attendants were always stylish—some even wore designer uniforms. However, most of the first flight attendants were hired for more than their looks though: When commercial air travel began, airlines required stewardesses to be registered nurses. The profession is more inclusive now, with a varitey of men and women hosting flights around the world.

Here, we’ve rounded up 14 photos of the real stars of plane travel back in the day.
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