Flight attendants taking airborne "mile-high selfies" of themselves and other attendants in the uniforms of their airlines is the latest Internet craze. There's no way to tell, of course, if it's replaced that other flying recreation – mile-high sex.
Using such hashtags as #trolleydolly #galley #cabincrew #airhostess #flightattendant #crewlife #flight and #lifeofahostie, the flight attendants can be seen in mostly empty cabins posing for shots, according to the Daily Mail
, which noted that the most of the flight attendants appear to be from European airlines.
The Daily Mail reported that in one photo it found, a flight attendant was laid across atop the headrests of a row of seats, smiling and in another, a stewardess was sitting on a seat holding the speaker phone to her ear as though she's about to make an announcement in the cabin.
Heather Poole, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Cruising Attitude," told the New York Post
that airlines usual pose tight controls over their images and was surprised that selfies have become so popular.
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"When I go to my Instagram feed and see (flight attendants) posting pictures in uniforms, I can't believe they do that," said Pool, an 18-year flight attendant veteran. "It's a big deal. The airlines protect their image, everything is very strict. You could lose your job."
The Post said Poole coined the phrase "laviator," headshots of people who snap photos of themselves in the bathroom of airplanes.
The newspaper quoted a Delta Airlines employee who said that the selfies should be okay as long as the flight attendants are not breaking the law and are in "uniform compliance."
"Corporate security can give you the specific guidelines as to what you can and can't do in uniform," said the Delta source. "Our standards are, (you can do it) as long as you (act) in a professional image and (portray) the company in a professional manner."
Shawn Kathleen, who runs the "Rants of a Sassy Stew" blog, said the flight attendants likely used the selfies as a means of camaraderie.
"Aviation is a very close-knit community," said Shawn Kathleen, who doesn't make her last name public. "We get each other, because we're living the same lifestyle."
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