The Glamour that was the Pan Am Stewardess

27 09 2012

I started watching the M-Net Series channel program called “Pan Am” recently. It took me back to 1989 when I was in Standard 8 (Grade 10) and I had to make some serious decisions as to what I wanted to do as a career. I wanted to do something that would allow me to travel and see the world, something that would be exciting and not 9 to 5.

My dream was to become an Air Stewardess, or Air Hostess, as they used to be called. But alas, back in 1989, South Africa was still in the throes of Apartheid and people of colour were not allowed to be Air Hostesses. So it seemed that my dreams of “flying the friendly skies” were dashed!

Anyway, upon considering some other career options, I realized that I would much rather be served by an Air Hostess (I recall someone referring to the job as a glorified waitress) flying first class international, instead of the being the one doing the serving. This “aha moment” lead to my decision to enroll at the University of Cape Town to do my Bachelors and Honours degrees in Social Science.

Well, I’ve flown many times, and the job is certainly not what it used to be like in the series “Pan Am.” The glamour is totally missing and it seems that anyone these days can be an Air Hostess, apparently, you don’t even need to know how to swim!

Anyway, for those of you who have not yet seen the series “Pan Am,” here is a trailer. If you long for a bit of glamour and nostalgia, head back to the 1960’s and don your air hostess hat, stow your tray tables and get ready for take off!

Thank you for flying with Mish Mash of Memories!




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