I climb aboard the bus with the others. We are the girls who need "a little grooming help" from the beauty salon. Fortunately, my needs are not as great as some of the girls. My hair needs to be toned down, but the length is okay. Too many are saddened to find out that hair can not be longer than 1 inch below the shoulder and are going for a "shearing". An emotional day in 1969.
Besides the responsibility of serving meals and cocktails and being prepared to take necessary safety measures; proper grooming is a MUST. Hair must be clean and styled at all times while in uniform. Nails are polished or buffed. Support stockings are recommended and must never have tears or runs. A supervisor can write you up for any of these grooming errors on an actual flight.
The biggest ongoing event during training is a student's weight. Weight charts appropriate for heights are posted in the training manual. If a girl is over her weight allowance at the end of training, there will be a delay in the beginning job start. Ex-Lax is the laxative of choice. There is one bathroom in each dorm room and students try to alternate a "skinny" with "five pounds over" per room to avoid accidents. Fortunately I was a "skinny" who had lied about weighing more on my application and, outside of grooming, was fast in the bathroom.
|I've got my wings!!!!|