Saturday, May 10, 2008

Flight attendant comparison

I work in an airport environment and I have noticed a big difference between American flight attendants and foreign flight attendants. I have also flown internationally and domestically. Can any body guess what that difference is? Here, let me help. The difference is --beauty. I'm sure that if you have traveled or travel internationally you have noticed the same difference.

Foreign airline companies place a very high standard on who they put in front of the traveling public. All of the flight attendants that I have seen are very beautiful, their makeup in flawless and they carry themselves very well.

On the other hand American airline companies seem not to really care about who they put in front of the traveling public. American flight attendants makeup for the most part looks terrible, their hair looks uncombed and the have terrible posture. Don't get me wrong; I’m not saying that all of them are like that, but I would say 95% of them are. I have seen some beautiful American flight attendants, but it has been very, very few.

As a people whether you are an American or Foreigner, beauty has always been their in the fore front. You see it in magazines, modeling, in business, etc.; beauty is everywhere and it often opens a lot of doors. So, my question to you is; what do you think about this?

Do you agree or disagree?
Do you think airline companies should place beauty standards on flight attendants?


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faeryrowan said...

American companies seem to value experience and maturity more, I think. On the NWA flight I was on from Japan to LA, most of the attendants were older, not the sexy young types you see in local (Philippine) airlines.

Lainy said...

Hmmmm... I havent flown internationally but I know one thing for certain, Filipina flight attendants are one of the best! ***wink!***

Gratcia said...

Hmm... yes I think beauty is important, not the most important, but it is a plus point, beauty doesn't mean you have to look 100% gorgeous to be beautiful, but you carry yourself properly, put on your make up nicely so you'll look pleasant to the eye, nothing is wrong with that.

IMHO, a beautiful 'package' is a good selling point, yes?

But, all in all I think CS is the most important, it is no use if the flight attendant were very beautiful, but without manners, so all in all, beauty and good--no, excellent attitude is an inseparable package (^^,) specially for a LOOOOOOOONG hour journey, I get soooo cranky inside the cabin, *L* so yep if I had too look at flight attendants who were looking like they just get up from bed, sometimes, that 'I don't care what I look like' attitude does bother me, and rub me the wrong way (^^,)

Hey great entry!

Marie said...

i definitely noticed this when I first landed in San Francisco airport. i was with EVA airways 9taipei based airline) from Manila to San Francisco and all of the flight attendants were tall, young, beautiful, well-groomed and nice attitude. When I boarded the US Airways going to dallas i was so surprised to see how the lady flight attendant look like, the guy was a little okay though. She didn't tie her long curly hair, it looked so messy and her uniforms was big. it looks like it wasn't hers... So, when I met my husband in the DFW airport, I asked him right away if all flight attendants are really like her... and he said...unfortunately YES. you will seldom see the type of flight attendants you have their in the Philippines and other Asian countries....

by the way, good post baby... finally, you have this air out... LOL...

Daily Zen Etc said...

My take on this topic; I really don't care about their physical aspect as long as they are providing excellent service, doing their job well, helpful and respectful to their passengers. :)

Just blog hopping from Jet's page.

Anah of

Me, the islands and the world said...

I was smiling in recollection while I read this post. I was shocked to see the difference of the flight attendants from my country (and of other Asian airlines)to that of American airlines when I made a trip from Philippines to US. I won't mind if they don't look pretty but I sure mind that some of them, can be as cranky as their passengers that you wonder why they stay as flight attendants.

caroline said...

I am proud to say that I am the only Filipino-American flight attendant who works for an airline base at Minneapolis, MN.

To a high extent, I agree that one of the most apparent comparison between an American flight attendant to a foreign one is their beauty.

In addition, I believe that the other huge difference between the two is Customer Service!

I have flown as a regular passenger both domestically and internationally. By far, foreign FA's provide better quality of customer service. They are not only beautiful, but honestly, most of them are patient, accommodating with a kind attitude. You rarely encounter such characteristics when flying in an American carrier these days.

But I must give credits to the American FA's, especially my co-workers. Sure, a lot of them are so much older than a typical foreign FA, the reason being is that they have been flying for so long. They have an incredible amount of experience, especially when it comes to any form of emergencies during in-flight.

One could arguably or modestly conclude that I fit the "image" for what a flight attendant should be in the US, but to me: EXPERIENCE and KIND ATTITUDE comes first then beauty.

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