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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A 1950s Airline Hostess?

Stewardesses from the golden age of flying had it all. Not only were they glamorous, they got to travel to exciting and exotic destinations around the world for free.

But being a stewardess was a tough job. They had to deal with upset customers, being constantly jet lagged, and walking up and down the aisles in a shaky 1950s airplane.

Plus, to even make it that far, each hostess had to fit a very strict set of standards. Airlines treated these women like walking ads for their companies, and some of the requirements were pretty tough. Only 1% of women who applied got the job.

Take a look at these six requirements and see if you have the right stuff to be a stewardess in the 1950s. Remember: you need to meet all of them to get the job.

1. Appearance

Stewardesses were expected to be "height and weight proportionate," have looks that are "just below Hollywood," and have "plenty of personality and poise." So unless you look like Marilyn Monroe in a TWA uniform, you might be cut before the interview even starts.  

2. Ladies Only

Male flight attendants weren't allowed until 1971. Even today, only 13% of the people helping you in the friendly skies are stewards.

3. Must Be Single

Airlines had strict policies about their stewardesses: they must be single, NOT divorced, separated, or widowed. Basically, you were married to the job.

4. Age

Only women between age 21 and 26 were chosen to be flight attendants. Until the 1960s, there were also mandatory retirement ages, so be prepared to find a new job when you turn 30!

5. Past Experience

If you want your resume to make the top of the pile, you'll need at least 2 years of college under your belt, or be a registered nurse (airlines love hiring nurses). Nowadays, all you need is a high school diploma.

6. Height and Weight

Potential hostesses had to fit a very exacting image. They were expected to be between 5'2" and 5'6", and weigh less than 135 pounds. Some airlines even had vision requirements. You couldn't work for Eastern Airlines unless you had 20/40 vision without glasses.

So, did you pass this little exam? If so, congrats! You get to live the glamorous life of a flight attendant  - at least until they make you retire when you turn 30!

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