The first female stewardess was hired by United Airlines in 1930 and from then on, airlines preferred ladies serving their customers. There were specific hiring practices and most airlines followed these strict rules. A stewardess had to be a female, a registered nurse, under 26 years old and single! Chatelaine magazine dubbed the ladies, "little housekeepers in the clouds". They were impeccably dressed and when the mini skirt became popular in the sixties, flight attendants became sexy.
Today, the novelty has worn off for most of us. Although I still love to travel and fly, I admit that I prefer first class (insert snob here), and the whole airport experience has become unpleasant. The business of flying is so huge and corporate, the little niceties have disappeared. Let's reflect.