On July 12, the world is unofficially celebrating International Flight Attendant Day. The representatives of one of the most romantic professions actively observe the holiday in Russia.
This profession is believed to be more than 80 years old: in 1928, Germany's Lufthansa introduced flight attendants on board the Junkers G31 and became the world's first airline to serve food and drinks to its passengers.
The first flight attendants were men, most of whom were former restaurant waiters. However, in 1930, the United States came up with an idea to employ attractive ladies. Ellen Church, a nurse and aviation graduate from Iowa, became the first stewardess to fly on board a plane. She was later asked to find eight more stewardesses for her team.
The height and weight of each stewardess were restricted: the girls had to be between 100-118 pounds and between 5' and 5'4" tall, with the additional rule that they had to be between the ages of 20-26 and a registered nurse. Today, requirements have changed a lot. Flight attendants need a great deal of skills, knowledge and attributes to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers.