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My Former Life as a Flight Attendant

Peggy worked for Braniff International as a flight attendant during the airline's exponential growth in the 1970s.

Rookies working a charter out of Hawaii. I'm on the right on this photo.

Rookies working a charter out of Hawaii. I'm on the right on this photo.

I was about to graduate from Cosmetology school, eager to start working as a hairstylist, but not before taking a few days off. I'd been working nights and going to school in the mornings for months. One of the salon customers found out I was headed for Texas and asked me to call her daughter while I was there. Back in the seventies, long-distance calls were costly while local calls were free. I said sure, so she gave me a business card with her daughter's phone number on it. I tucked it into my pocket and kept on working on her hair. Little did I know, that phone call would change my life.

This is Donna and me after our flight attendant class finished the training flight on the 747 from Dallas to Hawaii

This is Donna and me after our flight attendant class finished the training flight on the 747 from Dallas to Hawaii

The Phone Call

Once I settled in with the family in Texas, I gave the daughter a ring. It turned out that she was an executive in Flight Attendant services, happy to hear news about her mother in Florida. We had a nice phone visit during which I mentioned I always wanted to work as a flight attendant.

She said they were currently recruiting flight attendants and although she wasn't allowed to interview me, she would ask someone to give me a call. She couldn't promise anything. A few hours later, the phone rang at my mom's house.

Flight crew of rookie flight attendants in 1977

Flight crew of rookie flight attendants in 1977

The call was from Flight Attendant staffing, asking if I was available for an interview the next day. Of course, I said yes. That started a flurry of activity looking for an outfit to wear other than my vacation clothes. It was a memorable day shopping with my mom in downtown Fort Worth.

The next day, I borrowed the car and headed to the airport. Weaving my way through the confusing twists and turns of the huge facility, I managed to find the building and a good parking spot. As I headed for the door, I could feel my makeup withering in the sweltering summer heat.

Braniff made a daily trip to Hawaii with their 747 jumbo jet.

Braniff made a daily trip to Hawaii with their 747 jumbo jet.

During the interview, I was questioned about my work history and the reasons I wanted to be a flight attendant. They asked what would make me a better flight attendant than someone else, along with a barrage of other questions designed to evaluate my personality and suitability for the job.

Despite my nervousness, I thought the interview went okay.

Boeing 747

Boeing 747

A few hours after I got back home, the phone rang again with an invitation to a group interview. A panel of pilots, senior flight attendants, and training instructors would interview several applicants at the same time. If we made it to the finals, we would have individual interviews following the group session.

There was an advantage to not being chosen first to answer a question. We learned from the reactions of the panel not to say, "I want to be a flight attendant because I love people." They were sick of hearing that. The challenge was coming up with something original to say after others already answered the same question. When the group session finished, I was chosen for an individual interview after which I resumed my vacation.

That's when I got another call.

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On the runway

On the runway

The Last Call

This call changed all my plans going forward. The friendly voice on the phone said I'd been selected to attend Flight Attendant Training starting in one month. When my vacation was over, I flew back to Florida. Until the offer letter arrived with the date to report for training, I could hardly believe this happened. It was like a dream where I didn't want to wake up.

Training exercises on the emergency slide

Training exercises on the emergency slide

Miles From Home

Over the following weeks, I finished the remaining hours of beauty school, quit my job at the salon, sold most of my belongings, and packed my car for the trip, leaving behind friends and my home state of Florida.

Heading up Florida, I stopped in Pensacola where I took my State Board Exam for my Cosmetology license and stayed in town only one night. My roommate agreed to come with me that far to serve as my hair model. She flew home after the exam was over while I continued the twelve-hundred-mile trip to Dallas alone.

Braniff FAs would be required to reimburse the company for their first uniforms and partial training cost.

Braniff FAs would be required to reimburse the company for their first uniforms and partial training cost.

Rejections in the Past

When I was twenty-one, I had filled in an application with Eastern Airlines, hopeful for an interview. At that time, most airlines didn't accept married applicants and they sent me a letter of rejection. Things changed and I applied again a couple of years later. This time, they sent a round-trip ticket to Miami along with an interview date. It took a few weeks before another rejection letter came in the mail.

At twenty-five, I applied with Northwest Orient Airlines and was scheduled for an interview in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the middle of winter. They explained that only 30 spots were available for flight attendants and they were reviewing 800 applicants. We were rushed through the interview process and told that they would let us know the results. A few weeks later, another rejection letter arrived.


Flight Attendant Training

During the five-week training course, we lived in The Royal Dunfey's Hotel in Dallas in shared rooms. After breakfast each morning, we were bused to the training facility on Lemon Avenue where we listened to lectures and practiced emergency drills and CPR. We learned the different codes used between the cockpit and crew and trained to make announcements.

We jumped out of second-story windows onto scorching hot evacuation slides, practiced using fire extinguishers on real fires and fumbled our way through dark airplanes to locate safety equipment. We trained to open window hatches and the door of a 747 five stories above the ground.

"Again!" the emergency procedures instructor would yell as we practiced pulling the emergency hatch off the mock-up airplane.

"Now toss that hatch on the seat and move those passengers along."

Preparing for the Final Exam

We spent hours practicing airline announcements, reading them from our manuals as required by the FAA. We worked in galley mock-ups learning how to use convection ovens and coffee makers. We served seven-course dinners on real dishes and glassware. We trained for a week on bartending skills learning cocktails and how to serve wine and make cappuccinos.

At night we studied our training manuals and memorized configurations for the fleet of Braniff jets. We formed groups and quizzed each other on airport codes and their abbreviations. We practiced and role-played for hours, but it was nothing like serving onboard a flight with real passengers.

Working a DC-10 charter flight from Hawaii to Detroit

Working a DC-10 charter flight from Hawaii to Detroit

Flight Schedules

Our travel assignments were based on seniority or the length of time we had with the airline. Each month we bid on different schedules that were available. Some flight attendants had fifteen years or more with the company. The schedules with only five trips to Hawaii during the month usually went to them.

Newbies like us had little seniority and usually won a schedule flying as a reserve. This type of schedule had nine specified days off during the month with the rest of the time serving on twenty-four-hour call. The scheduling department could assign us a trip with as little as a one-hour notice to fill in for absent employees or those delayed by mechanical difficulties on a previous flight. We had to be ready to fly out at a moment's notice and kept a packed suitcase handy.

Despite the unusual hours, the waiting by the phone, the meal service on back-to-back commuter flights, and the rigors of standing hours at a time, the job was a lot of fun. I'll always remember those days as some of the best of my life.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2009 Peg Cole


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 06, 2018:

Thanks for sharing your experience with Braniff, Rob. Yes, that daily flight to Hawaii was something that we could count on. Nice that you got to sit in the cockpit. What a great memory that shaped your future.

Rob kimzey on November 06, 2018:

Hi! As a young boy living in Fort Worth, I used to look to the sky at approximately 1-1:15 pm and usually saw flight 501 roaring toward Honolulu. Being the only 747 that Braniff had, I knew it was going to Hawaii. I later flew N601BN to HNL where I was able to sit in the cockpit after landing. Braniff was my favorite airline with it’s unique style and vision. I later worked for American Airlines and retired after 911. Braniff has a special place in my heart.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2018:

Hi Larry, Glad you found the article interesting. Your time and work on aircraft sounds interesting, too, along with your travels and service. Thank you for your service. Hope you can share some of your adventures in the air as well as your experience in the Air Force.

Thanks for the nice comment and for the visit.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on April 09, 2018:

That is a great story, Peg. Yes, sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time. It does sound like rigorous training to be a flight attendant. I am sure that you enjoyed your time in the air. I was in the Air Force stationed at Clark AFB in the Philippines. I was a flight mechanic and got to fly to many places in the Philippines, to Taiwan, to Okinawa, and a short trip to Vietnam. I was a flight mechanic on C-47 aircraft the military version of the DC-3.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 20, 2018:

Peg, it may be before my mobile lifestyle. You're not much older than I am. For 40 years I just flew inside my own country so I was ignorant of any international flights.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 20, 2018:

Hi Mary, Nice of you to drop by. I imagine that Braniff may have been before your time. They closed up in the early eighties after decades of service. I only flew with them for a short time, much to my regret.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 19, 2018:

I don't know about Braniff but your story is very interesting. I am sure you had a very exciting life.

Robert Sacchi on February 03, 2018:

Yes, the much can be joked about the spoke and hub system. Though Braniff did get a SAT to London flight. I still remember their radio commercial. A bunch of guys with British accents saying the commercial in cadence.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 03, 2018:

That's a good one, Robert. Sort of like flying Delta. You can't go anywhere without a stopover in Atlanta.

Robert Sacchi on February 02, 2018:

This was a fun article to read. I love the video. I flew on a Braniff 727 a couple of times to and from San Antonio in the late 70s. The saying at the time was if you died in San Antonio before you went to Heaven or Hell you had to stop off at Dallas or Houston.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 12, 2017:

Hi Jackie, Thank you for the return visit.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 11, 2017:

I see I read this 3 years ago but great to read it again. I would have loved to have done this. Can only imagine the great fun it was!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2017:

Hello Audrey, Thanks so much for sharing this information with your granddaughter. Much of it may be outdated in today's technology driven world but some of the same things still go on in the sky these days, too. I wish her all the best if she pursues this career.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2017:

Hello Kari, Interesting observation about the cost of the uniforms. And considering that this was over forty years ago it was quite a lot. We didn't have to pay for our room and board during training but we didn't get paid during those weeks either. Loved the job and the opportunity to travel as well as the people I met. Still miss it and remain part of a Facebook group that posts memories about our experiences. Nice of you to come by and thanks for the thought provoking questions.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2017:

Hi Bill, I'm glad I had the opportunity to do this when I was still young. It was truly a great experience that shaped much of my life afterward. Thank you so much for coming by to comment.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 16, 2017:

Hi Peg

I'm back again. Sharing this with my granddaughter. She's looking for a career and I think this is right up her line. Thanks for this super information.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on October 16, 2017:

It seems expensive to become a flight attendant. $325-$480 per uniform is outrageous. No pay during training, did you have to pay for the room also? It does sound like a fun job though. Are the requirements for training and uniforms still the same?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 16, 2017:

I always thought that would be an exciting job for a young person who wants to travel. It was interesting reading about the hiring process. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on August 26, 2017:

Hey Peg, Good to hear from you! Thanks for getting back to me so quick. I am relieved to know you are safe and well. Hope to see you more often now that I am back online. :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 25, 2017:

Hello dear Snakeslane, What a nice surprise to see your comment today. We are in the north part of the state and pretty far from the coast. Hoping that the hurricane fizzles out before it gets too far up into the land mass and praying that those in its path stay safe. Miss you and thank you for thinking of me. Hope you are well.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on August 25, 2017:

Hello Peg, I just sent this same message to Nellieanna, Hoping you are safe as Hurricane Harvey hits Texas! Been worrying about you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 29, 2016:

Thank you for stopping by, Vespawoolf. I'm glad you shared about wanting this career for yourself. It was truly a great experience.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 29, 2016:

I've also always wanted to be a flight attendant. I didn't realize it was such a challenge to get a regular schedule. What an exciting and abrupt change in career path! I enjoyed reading your experience.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 13, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the experience with me, Mekenzie. I appreciate your comments.

Susan Ream from Michigan on October 13, 2015:

Peg, Loved reading of your adventure and eventual career as an airline stewardess. It was actually a dream I had too but never realized - so I lived it vicariously through you. ;)

Thanks for sharing - good writing here. :)


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 12, 2015:

Thanks, Audrey! I appreciate your return visit and sharing this article. Cheers.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 12, 2015:

Hi Peg - I came back to read this again. It's written so well - one of those hubs you just can't get enough of. Sharing once more.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 06, 2015:

Thank you, Sujaya Venkatesh.

sujaya venkatesh on October 06, 2015:

great experience

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 24, 2015:

Hi Claudiacrawford19, Thanks for coming by. No, I did not know the man you've mentioned who worked for Northwest Orient. There were so many hundreds of flight attendants and pilots at Braniff that I never met as well. So sorry I can't help you on this.

claudiacrawford19 on June 23, 2015:

Sorry. His first name is Vernon and I can't recall his last name, it's been 35 years. Thanks for your help, if possible.

claudiacrawford19 on June 22, 2015:

Did you know a First Officer that flew for Northwest Orient during the 1979 and 1980's name? The reason I'm asking this question, I house sit and clean his house when I was college in Seattle. I believe his last name was German. He spoke fluent German and help me pass my German class with a B. Which was a good grade for me.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 16, 2015:

Hi Genna,

Thanks for reaching out to me. I hope you read the article above and know that my flying days were long ago in the seventies. If you would still like to contact me, please click on my name at the top of the page, look under fan mail and under that tab is a section "send me an email". Be sure to identify yourself so that it will not go to Spam. Again, thank you for the contact and yes, I am interested. Peg

Genna on April 16, 2015:

Hi there,

My name's Genna and I work for Medavia, a media company based in Bristol, UK. I am looking to write an article that is kind of a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a flight attendant- I was wondering whether you might be willing to share your story with us? We do supply a fee for stories we publish so there is the potential for you to make a bit of money whilst sharing your experiences of this line of work. I'd so love to hear your story!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 17, 2015:

So true, Poetryman. This was my dream job. I loved flying.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 17, 2015:

So true, Poetryman. This was my dream job. I loved flying.

poetryman6969 on February 17, 2015:

For some folks getting paid to travel is their dream job!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2014:

Hi Richard1988. Thank you for the incredible comment. I really appreciate you dropping in to share these flight attendant memories with me. Hope to see you in the friendly skies soon.

Richard from Hampshire - England on October 16, 2014:

What an incredible chapter of your life! You must have had so many amazing experiences :) I've often wondered what it would be like as a flight attendant - so thank you for sharing! :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 21, 2014:

Hello Heidithorne. Yes, it was a dream of mine for many years before I got the opportunity to fly. I'm glad I gave it a try although I didn't stay a long time. Perhaps I should have but health issues got in the way. Thanks for the visit, the votes and the interesting comment.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 21, 2014:

Nice trip to the way back! I have a friend who, like you, always dreamed of being a "stewardess" (aka flight attendant). So she made that her 2nd career. Still doing it! I don't know how you ladies do/did it. But I understand the appeal of it. Voted up and interesting!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 20, 2014:

Hello Dghbrh, Thank you for the wonderful comment. And for the precious words. I really appreciate your sent blessings, votes and share.

May God bless you, too. Peg

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 20, 2014:

Hi Jackie Lynnley, Thanks for the visit. It always makes me take a fresh look at these old photos to relive the memories. I appreciate you coming by and thanks for sharing this story.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on September 20, 2014:

Very wonderful read...Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience here...i love to travel a lot and so on flights i do see the flight attendants and often end up wondering how their life is actually. Its nice to see your dreams to come true its precious actually. God bless...votes up and shared as well.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 19, 2014:

This was so interesting; sorry I missed it for so long. I know how exciting it must have been or can imagine! Thanks so much for sharing that. I will share it too.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:

Hi Pawpawwrites, Thank you so much. I love your name as it evokes such wonderful memories from my childhood. That was the name we called my Dad's father.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:

Hi SusanDeppner, Wow. It is hard to believe it's been so long ago and so many careers past for me. Thank you for stopping in to read this walk back in time and for the delightful comment. Yes, even in wool. That was always a bizarre part of it here in Texas, in particular.

Jim from Kansas on September 03, 2014:

Loved the photos of your career.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:

Hi MartieG, I'll imagine you have some fantastic stories to tell about your time with the airlines. We were also trained to treat the passengers as guests with us being the hostess or hosts. It was a time where we served second coffees and Cappucino, offered playing cards free and toys to children along with full course meals. So different than it is today.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 03, 2014:

Reading this took me back to my youth and the romantic way air travel was portrayed back then. Glad you were able to live some of those adventures in person (even in wool!).

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:

Hello DealForALiving, Your comment this morning when I opened my HubPages account was truly uplifting. Thanks so much for the kind words and visit.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on September 03, 2014:

Brought back some great memories--I flew for TWA back in the 60's and it certainly was a different world back then. We treated our passengers as "guests" and I loved my job! Nicely done : )

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2014:

Hello Favored, It's nice to meet you here. Your outcome is not the usual result of getting on the scale, that's for sure. When graduation day came close, we had to weigh in. Had I not lost three pounds in as many days, I was not eligible to graduate. I just barely made it.

I really appreciate your kind comments and visit today. Thank you.

Nick Deal from Earth on September 03, 2014:

Thank you for the insightful hub. You have such great storytelling skills and the pictures are fantastic too.

Fay Favored from USA on September 02, 2014:

I loved reading your story. It made me think back on the time when I applied to be a flight attendant. All was a go until I got on a scale ... I didn't weigh enough. That was then :) What a terrific article. I'm so glad your dream came true.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 19, 2014:

Hello Colorfulone, Thank you so much for visiting this article and for leaving such a nice comment. Some people are truly fearful of flying, but not me. I feel safer in the air than on the highway.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 19, 2014:

I always thought being a fight attendant was kind of a glamorous career to get into, but only for others. Not that I would have ever made it off the ground, being such a land lover. One flight under my belt from was when I was a little girl, and that was enough for me.

This is really some very excellent writing.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 21, 2014:

Thanks for the visit, Patricia. I would love to read your account of the experience and compare it to my rose-colored memories. Hahah. Glad to hear that you finished your degree - so did I, eventually. It only took about 2 decades. Oh well. Perserverance and onward. Nice to see you today.

Patricia Ferrero on April 21, 2014:

I worked as a flight attendant too. I hated it though and quit my permanent contract in the middle of recession (yes, I am crazy) to take a degree in Nutrition. I don't regret it one bit although I'm broke.

I guess those were different times when being a flight attendant was still fun and kind of glamorous... Nowadays they just don't care about crew or passengers, they just care about the money...

I might write my own hub about it someday so people can see how different things are now...

Lovely hub, thumbs up!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2014:

Brakel2, thank you so much for the comment about the photos. They look old timey now and yet, to me, they seem like they were taken yesterday. We had many good instructors in training class and I learned things that still carry forward as useful. I feel very fortunate to have had the experience. It's nice to meet you too. Thanks for pinning! Cheers.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2014:

Hi Jenn-Anne. Thanks for dropping in and for the read. You know, it did take a long time but thankfully it eventually came to be. Nice to see you today.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2014:

Hello Vocalcoach. I really appreciate your return visit. It gave me inspiration to read over the text again and find some areas that needed sprucing up. Thanks so much for the encouragement, the great comment and the share.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 10, 2014:

What a great hub to show the process in becoming an airline hostess. You showed endurance in never giving up your dream. I loved the photos and the training. which sounds like basic training in the service. It is a difficult field to enter, as I know others who never made it. Nice to meet you. Great hub. Pinning Blessings Audrey

Jenn-Anne on April 10, 2014:

Great hub! Glad you were persistent in following your dream! Thanks for sharing!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 10, 2014:

I came back for another visit. These photos alone are worth a hub award. I love reading your story again. Fantastic job dear Peg! Up +++ and sharing.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on April 08, 2014:

Hi Stephanie. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing that you also dreamed of being a flight attendant at one time. It truly was considered a glamour job, but you're right, it was a lot more work than we ever realized. Thanks for reading and for the great comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 07, 2014:

This was such a great read, Peg! I think almost every teen I knew dreamed of being a flight attendant at one time or another. I know I did. Maybe it was a lot harder work and less glamorous than we thought, but what a great experience it must have been for you at that time of your life. Thanks for sharing your story.!

P.Rudy on February 22, 2014:

Wow, thank you for your quick response :) I had a nice chat with my older brother about this opportunity and I found some answers I have been looking for :) I will let you know in couple of week what i decide.

Thank you for your advise and yes I too think it is interesting I am the same age when you got your offer :)

I bookmarked your page and will definitely let you know when I decide.

Thank you again.


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 22, 2014:

Hello P. Rudy, Congratulations on receiving an offer from a major International Airline. That is quite an accomplishment. I know you will make the right decision once you carefully consider the possibilities. You wouldn't have applied for the position if you hadn't wanted to be a flight steward.

Life is about living, experiencing different things, learning about different cultures and places. Travel while you are young and relatively free of obligations, for example, young children whose time as children is short and not something you'll want to miss. Grab the moment. Seize the day. Take a chance. You can go back to an office career at any age. I did. I found it incredibly interesting that you are the same age as I was when I got hired by Braniff. :)

I hope you'll come back to let me know what you decide.

All the best to you,


P. Rudy on February 22, 2014:

Wow, this was an amazing read. I am glad I found your story of being a flight attendant and the experiences you went through. I am about to be 27 in March. I finished both undergrad and grad schools in the USA and worked in a corporate world for couple of years. Recently I received an offer from a major International Airline to work as a flight steward. I accepted the contract. Now I have 3 weeks to decide whether to quit the job I recently got with one software company or to go for something completely different and new. Life is about living isn't it? I like to travel and I think this is my perfect chance to do so. It would be a chance to see something new, meet new people, but also go through some tough customer experience on this job :) I know it is not an easy job, but I am ready for it. Any job has tough moments, just like this one. The only thing I worry about is if it is smart for me to try this job at the age of 27? I mean I am not planning to make it my career but just to travel the World and do something I always wanted to do, see different places and who knows what else this job can bring. I am thinking it wouldn't hurt me that much to give it a shot? I would appreciate if you can give me your advise and what you think? I know I will make a decision in the end, but I think you can give me an honest advise and answer. Thank you so much!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hi Nadine. I'll bet your daughter has some great stories to share about her experiences in seeking employment and from her travels. I appreciate you taking the time to drop in and spend a few moments here. Thanks so much. It is nice to meet you.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 10, 2014:

What a great read. It so reminded me of my daughter and her journey to become a flight attendant for united airlines . Her last flight was after 911 when they had to let a lot of stuwardesses go unless they were prepared to fly back to back as i understood at the time. She was pregnant so that was her reasons for quitting. I loved the photos.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 05, 2014:

Thank you Shyron, for sharing this hub. ♫

erinshelby from United States on January 10, 2014:

They didn't accept "married applicants"- wow, what a sign of the times!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 10, 2014:

Hello Purple Perl. Thank you for dropping in to read this story and for taking time to leave a nice comment. All the best your way.

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on January 10, 2014:

Wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing!

Yes, sometimes just one phone call can do the trick!

Glad you found yours!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 04, 2014:

Hello Harlan, I think I flew more miles on business travel than I did with the airlines. It is quite a show if you just sit back and watch things unfold. Nice of you to stop in here today. Cheers.

Harlan Colt from the Rocky Mountains on January 03, 2014:

I've been on enough flights this year to be a flight attendant - just by watching! Great hub! - Harlan

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on January 01, 2014:

Thanks, Peg and I appreciate! I added you as well!

- Mister Hollywood

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hello Audrey and Happy New Year. Thanks so much for stopping in here, for sharing and for your kind remarks. All the best to you and yours for a terrific new year. Peg

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Misterhollywood. I'm in the process of reading your story on the link you provided here. Thank you very much for stopping in. If you don't mind, I may add your link into the text of the article. I look forward to reading your hubs.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Beau, Captain for PanAm, wow. I bet you have some great stories about your travel days, too. Thanks for the encouraging words here on this trip down memory lane. I'll have to come up with some of the highlights of those days and write about them. Perhaps this is the year for it.

I hope your holiday was special and filled with friends, food and fun.

All the best


Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on December 30, 2013:

Wonderful life story! I really enjoyed reading about your experiences as a flight attendant, especially what it took to get the job. Talk about perseverance. Wow! And, the photos were perfect; it really enhanced my ability to image what life was like - colors, clothing, planes...everything. Voted up!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 30, 2013:

This was such a joy to read. Very interesting and these photos are priceless! Voted up and across and of course, sharing! Audrey

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on December 24, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your story very much!! Sounds like you had an amazing career - with lots of stories to tell. I am glad you shared some of your experiences here.

- Mister Hollywood

Beau on December 20, 2013:

Really enjoyed reading about your exciting career. My father was a Capt. for PanAm and naturally, I got to fly quiet a bit. Have had some great friends who flew for TTA, Tex Int'l and Continental. Thanks for sharing some of your career highlights.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 03, 2013:

Hi Rebeccamealey. It was such a short time really. I did enjoy many of the longer layovers and always tried to get out and see the places if time permitted. I have a lot of fond memories of Omaha and some old time stores in their downtown square.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 03, 2013:

Hi Jane. Dallas Stew - cool! I remember those apartments next door to the Royal Coach (Roach) Inn. I tried running around that parking lot to lose some weight the last few days of training. Too many free buffet meals. Anyhow - nice to see you here. Central and American? Wow.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 02, 2013:

That sounds like an exciting career. Did you get to enjoy the different locales?.

Jane on December 01, 2013:

Enjoyed reading this. I was a Stew in Dallas '65-68. Actually I lived in those apts next door to the hotel where you were in training. I flew for both Central and American. Those were the days! Wonderful memories. Love Field was an exciting place on the day!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 24, 2013:

Thank you for dropping in here, JPSO138. It's nice to see you. Yes, you are right about being a sought after profession back in the day. Travel the world - work your way around the world. But now. I'm not sure with all the changes in the ways we travel.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 22, 2013:

Thanks for the share pegcole, it was really interesting. When I was in high school most of my female classmates dream is to become a flight attendant. Some of them make it though. It was one of those sought after profession. Great hub!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 12, 2013:

Nice of you to visit this article, Cassidydt. Thank you for the great comment and all the best in your quest for travel. There are many ways in which to see the world. Good luck.

Cassidy Dawson-Tobich on November 12, 2013:

Love the article and the old style photo's :) It did once cross my mind to become a flight attendant, but now I don't think its for me. Apart from the continuing urge to travel that is haha. I am now 19 and have been traveling since I was 17, I have defiantly caught the bug !

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 03, 2013:

True, Marisa. I doubt if it is still the job that girls (and young men) dream about as much these days. The travel opportunities are so much less expensive. Now a job on The Love Boat. . . (JK)

Kate Swanson from Sydney on November 03, 2013:

In the sixties and seventies, I think every girl dreamed of being an air hostess! Travel was so expensive then, so doing it as a job seemed to be the only way to do it.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2013:

Hi Crystal. Thank you. I once thought it was a glamorous profession before I actually worked the job. And BTW, this was a few decades ago. Oh, boy. It is redundant and tiring but also very exciting at times. Nice of you to come by and leave a comment.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 18, 2013:

I really enjoyed this. Being a flight attendant always seemed a glamorous profession, especially a few decades ago. I'm sure it's very grueling and tiring work too. Congrats on getting to live your dream!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2013:

Hello FlourishAnyway! Happy accidents is a good way to describe it. We never know who we may be talking to when me meet a stranger. Yes, the "smoking section" - as if the smoke didn't travel into the vents. Hahah. Thanks for the nice comment and the visit.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 15, 2013:

What a nice look back! Some of the best opportunities in life happen just the way you describe them -- happy accidents (chance conversations with strangers, etc.) Gosh, I recall when people used to smoke on airplanes, too!

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