Once the flight attendants were all men, but times are changing
Thursday, July 12 flight attendants celebrate their professional holiday — international day of civil aviation flight attendant. I wonder what this profession for more than 80 years.
History of the profession
For the first time flight attendants aviation appeared in Germany in 1928, when the plane began to take a special person. Then, as now, in General, their duties included maintenance of the service during the flight. Previously this was done the second pilot of the plane that was risky from the security point of view.
Then the functions of the flight attendants performed only by men. However, already in 1930, in the United States arose the idea to involve attractive and sexy girls — it was a good marketing ploy of airlines, which is relevant today. There was still another argument in favor of the fair sex: they had a small weight.
The first flight attendant in the history of aviation is considered to be an American Ellen Church (Ellen Church, 1904-1965). So, for the first time, she flew into the sky on may 15, 1930, the aircraft followed the flight San Francisco – Cheyenne.
As you know, the girl at that time just graduated from nursing school, also Ellen expertly flew the plane and taught others. These facts of her biography, was the decisive argument: the girl herself has offered his services to the airline. Moreover, Ms. Church was instructed to recruit the first group for training future flight attendants to seven lovely nurses under 25 years of age and weighing less than 52 kilograms.
Today, when recruiting personnel use the principle of “three p’s”: the image of an external (speech, facial expressions, makeup, attractiveness); the image of the internal (availability of necessary traits); professional (professional knowledge and skills). The main duty of the modern flight attendant is to ensure passenger safety during the flight. The stewards and stewardesses do everything to make the passengers feel comfortable.
As reported by the portal “Znayu” in 1989, the UN established an international holiday — world population day (World Population Day), which now says all mankind July 11.