Just recently I returned from my trip to US and I wanted to write about two conversations I had with flight attendants on the way there and back about pantyhose. I was curious to hear whether why they choose not to wear compression hosiery even though it is fully covered by their work benefits and where they buy their regular ones.
On my way to JFK one of the flight attendants was very friendly to me and I asked her, out of professional interest, what hosiery she wears. She said that she actually buys her tights at the dollar store! Somehow whether she buys it for $2 or for $15 from the department store, she still ends up getting snags in them the first time she wears. Thus, she figured, why spend more.
When I asked about compression, she said that she has one pair that she got through the company. It helps her legs and she really should wear it, but it’s too much hassle. Compression hosiery needs to be put on wearing latex gloves and it has to be washed in a specific soap solution.
My suggestion to her was to buy a few more of those compression tights and alternate them, so she can wash them all at once. I also gave her my card and offered to give her some free Fiore hosiery to try out and review. There are moderately priced options out there that don’t have as high of a mark up as the ones at the department store.
On my flight back I asked another flight attendant about her tights and the story was almost the same. She buys her regular hosiery from Aldo shoes. Exactly like the lady before her, she also owns one pair of compression hosiery that she was specifically measured for. However, she lost weight and her compression tights no longer fit her properly.
For all the flights I wore pantyhose myself, it’s doesn’t look credible to ask someone a personal question, claiming you are from the hosiery industry, if you don’t look the part. On my flight to JFK I wore Wolford tights and on the way back out of Boston I wore a pair of thicker Taiwanese ones that were a gift from a friend. Fiore tights make up the majority of my personal collection, but I also like to try on different brands in order to be able to compare and give people good feedback in terms of benchmark brands.
This wonderful lady, Ellen Simonetti, had a job as a flight attendant at Delta Airlines a while back and ran a blog called Queen of Sky about her personal life.
But after taking such photos (even though not provocative) and posting them on her blog, the airline terminated her employment without a warning.
Could it really be that this Queen of Sky in her flight attendant uniform with sheer glossy pantyhose and a flirty pose would cause someone to fire her for posing in an empty airplane? Could it somehow still be too sexy?
Perhaps nobody would know who she is if this wouldn’t happen to her and she wouldn’t file a lawsuit against the airline. But I guess that her termination lead to her popularity in a way. I even read about her in a book on blogging! It’s a whole different matter whether she used that popularity to her benefit or not – at least her original blog doesn’t exist anymore, for example.
Either way, be careful what you do at work and where you post it. Some companies really do feel protective of their uniforms being photographed, etc. A great publicity success for the Queen of Sky, after winning that lawsuit, and a lesson for the rest who are not up for lawsuits.
In these photos you can see how Xiamen Airline hires air hostesses. It is very common in China to have such a tough interview to choose flight attendants. Does this look like a beauty competition to you or like a test for the army? They check these girls to the teeth, literally! Also, in some cases flight attendants need to learn Kung Fu in order to keep their job.
There is a whole entertainment show around it where girls compete and show off their talents like singing.
I would also like to say that I recently got to interview a flight attendant about hosiery for Finn Magazine (stands for Feet IN Nylon). My article is going to be in their next issue that is going to be out in December and I am very proud of that. You can subscribe for their next issue here – www.finnmagazine.com
Friends, I apoligize that I am not able to present more information, but most of information on this topic is in Chinese and I was not able to find anyone who speaks it and who would volunteer their time to run a Google search. Tried, 4 times. One of my distant acquaintances, who I’d rather not inform too much about my blog, helped to translate the title on the banner in these photos – Xiamen Airlines Hires Air Hostesses. At least that helped me a little bit with research. If for some reason you are able to add more to this, please drop me an e-mail. Thanks!
Images below are from Bejing Airlines:
Update: I managed to find a Chinese person to help me! She found what I was looking for immediately as soon as she typed in the keywords in Chinese. The sad part is that she wasn’t long around to translate.
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Youku channel has a lot of videos from that competition TV show! I hope to spend some more time working on it to put together a good story for you. There are some videos on Youtube from Hainan airlines too.