These ideas were soon shattered when I took my first flight; all alone, surrounded by Christian nuns, terrified of the frequently shaking plane, I felt like pleading to the Indian Airlines stewardesses, “Auntie, save me”. The final nail on the coffin came when I took my first domestic flight within the
With the appearance of low-cost airlines and rising income levels, millions of Indians have been able to fly. And after they realized that sex and flight stewardesses were parallel lines, passenger attitude to stewards and stewardesses has become “fu**** hostile”.
Indeed, nowadays, flight stewards and stewardesses have a tough job. They are the only white collar laborers who have to clean others’ toilets and clear dirty utensils while wearing make-up and tight uncomfortable uniforms at the same time. They have to make funny gestures (during security briefings) and the only intelligent conversations they can have are saying things like ‘this way to your left’, ‘veg or non-veg’, and ‘put your seat upright, please’. They are also the only white collar laborers who can’t check online matrimonial sites, stock prices, or monster.com while at work. And in flights from
The way many passengers talk to them now, gives a feeling to an observer that he or she always takes the stewardesses to be dumb and inferior animals. This idea is reinforced by TV commercials of Asian airlines that invariably show their stewardesses, with big eyes, teeth showing, always moving in extreme slow-motion, expressing dumb amazement at the sight of everything around them. No wonder, the popular image of the stewardess holding a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon has been replaced by that of one holding an insect repellent above her head.