Did anyone watch ABC’s new show Pan Am last night?
Well I didn’t but the concept seems interesting enough.
MSNBC wanted to see just how accurate the shows depiction of Pan Am flight attendants were so they asked two real ones.
Bronwen Roberts worked as a flight attendant from 1958 – 1989 and remembers that one of the prerequisites for becoming a flight attendant was being single and weighing between 110 and 135 pounds.
Apparently the show had a scene where the attendants were getting weighed in (remember I didn’t watch it) so that part was accurate.
According to Helen Daley, another former Pan Am flight attendant, you had to wear girdles and if you were even a minute late you were sent home.
Smoking in the cabin was common as was children going into the cockpit to visit the pilot (which is something that no longer happens I would assume post 9/11 because I remember being taken into the cockpit and I’m not THAT old).
Apparently on the show some of the flight attendants work for the CIA and Roberts says that that actually happened.
Two things that Roberts and Daley said weren’t accurate was the shade of blue of the uniforms and that the TV flight attendants had hair touching their shoulders, which was a no-no.
While reviews seem to be mixed on the show the crazy JetBlue flight attendant seemed to enjoy it.