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I’m nursey, fly me!

Today is May 17th which just happens to be the 100th anniversary of the fare paying passenger airline industry. On this day in 1911 that first fare paying passenger was taken into the sky in a two person biplane. That is not really a particularly remarkable piece of knowledge though.

What struck me as really interesting was that the first ever stewardesses were introduced by United Airlines in 1930. A whole year before my Dad was born! There were a number of criteria which you had to meet to become a stewardess; be a Nurse, aged under 25 and weighing no more than 115 pounds (or 8 stone 3 pounds). Presumably you had to be female too. None of that would work in todays politically correct world would it?

Before the first in aircraft toilets were introduced in 1913 Stewardesses had to learn to cross their legs to elegantly hold it in! Apparently EasyJet and RyanAir are reintroducing that training!

About justwilliam1959

I've been on the planet for a more than half a century and I've lost all my hair but not my enthusiasm for life, my wife, reading and music! I started my first blog; With Just A Hint Of Mayhem in February 2009. In May 2011 I began two sister blogs to that first one; With Just A Hint Of Amelia and With Just A Hint Of Learning. A while later I also added the more random Stars In My Glasses to the family :-) Feel free to check them all out and let me know what you think!

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