Left: A cheeky ad for American Airlines touted the flight attendant or stewardess as a maternal figure. Right: Southwest Airlines flight attendants wore knee-high boots and hot pants, and served drinks like 'passion punch' and 'love potion. Today they're flight attendants, but a bygone era the servers in the sky -- who were all female -- were called "stewardesses. And though social change was taking place on the streets, business was still thought to be a man's world.
Traveling is great, but the process of flying itself isn't always the most pleasant experience. The combination of bad food, cramped legroom and expensive tickets doesn't exactly make for a good time. While most airlines nowadays don't base their hiring practices as heavily on physical appearances as they did in the 's, there's no doubt that looks often still play a role, no matter male or female.