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    What’s this Flight Attendant “Red Dress” Craziness Really All About?

    Filed under: Beauty,Delta,Flight Attendant,Spirit — anne @ 9:59 am
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    You’ve seen the story – Delta’s new “red dress” uniform for flight attendants. It sure is getting a lot of attention, but not because of the way it looks (it’s pretty nice) – nope, it’s getting attention for the sizes it comes in. Or doesn’t come in.

    It seems the red garment is not available in sizes above 18 – although apparently it is available in in navy blue. And the union that represented flight attendants at Northwest, who of course now work for Delta, say – that’s not right. They maintain the red should come in bigger sizes, too.

    However, the union will not say how many flight attendants need the red dress in larger sizes or how many larger-sized flight attendants even want this dress in red (not many, would be my guess).

    Strikes me as a union power play – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But here’s what I don’t get:

    According to the Associated Press, “red dress” designer Richard Tyler says, “I want them to look sexy and great.” Now what do the flight attendants think about that? After all, they are constantly drumming into our heads that they’re there for our safety – and they sure got upset over Spirit Airlines’ “sexy” ad campaigns.

    Flight attendants – what is the deal?


    1. The AFA has decided that its agenda is confrontation. They are against inflight WiFi because it’s “a potential threat to flight attendants’ ability to keep order in the cabin.” They tell us that “flight attendants are safety professionals first and foremost.” And now they complain that their larger members are being discriminated against? Give me a break. I can’t remember the last time a flight attendant on a Dinosaur Carrier was even friendly, no matter what color dress (or suit) she or he was wearing. Seems to me that the unions would actually like to have some of the carriers survive, so their members would continue to have jobs. Silly idea, I guess.

      Comment by Ken — July 14, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    2. I don’t think flight attendants should be categorized as ‘unfriendly.’ In my experience, they’re mostly friendly and nice but this is not a hotel or a ‘frills’ operation. It’s a flight and they have a job to do. It’s hard to be perceived as ‘friendly’ when you have to yell over 2 other people to see what the person wants to drink. For the record, I’m not a flight attendant and I don’t even know anyone who is. I mostly fly Virgin America & Southwest and find everyone quite friendly.

      Comment by AW — July 16, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    3. Ken,
      I think you’re right about the confrontation agenda, and I also think they would like some of the carriers to continue to exist. However, some flight attendants are totally demoralized over all the layoffs going on, and I can’t blame them. On the other hand, what industry isn’t affected by layoffs? It’s a cold, cold world for all working people these days, don’t you think?

      Comment by anne — July 18, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    4. AW,
      You say you fly mostly Virgin America and Southwest. Lucky you. Those two airlines get some of the best overall reviews for customer service, and friendliness of crews. What’s your opinion of other carriers you’ve flown?

      Comment by anne — July 18, 2009 @ 8:53 am

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