Flight attendants are subject to very strict rules when it comes to getting the job.
Certain restrictions are for safety, such as particular height requirements or particular fitness levels.
Some airlines dictate the amount of make-up crew wear, however, or how they appear.
One flight attendant has revealed what the outfit they wear really means.
Heather Poole, a flight attendant for over 15 years revealed that older staff would wear shorter skirts.
This is due to passing the designated time to be part of the crew.
She told Mental Floss: “Seniority even determines the length of our skirts—we can’t hem them above a certain length until we’re off probation.
“Afterward, it’s OK to shorten the hem and show a little leg.”
She revealed the secret in her book Cruising Altitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet.
Being more senior also dictates many other things such as which bunk you had, which floor you slept on and how quiet your room was, according to Poole.
Thankfully, weight restrictions no longer exist for most airlines, unlike in the 1960s.
During this time, also known as the Golden Age of flying, many women had to be at least five foot two, and weigh no more than 130 pounds.
Modern regulations are dictated due to safety, so height and weight depend on how well the person can work in the cabin.
For example, being too tall can restrict sitting in the emergency exit seat and prove a safety risk.
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific removed the mandatory skirt in the uniform for flight attendants earlier this year.
Female cabin crew members can now wear trousers if they wish.
British Airways cabin crew who are female can also wear trousers if they choose.
However, airlines in Malaysia have come under fire after being accused of having outfits that were “too revealing”.
Malindo and AirAsia flight attendants have been blamed for wearing clothes that are too tight fitting and “sexy”.