Mile high selfies – self-portraits snapped by alluring, airborne flight attendants – is the latest social media trend. The mile-high selfies of flight attendants in uniform are getting some heavy views on media sites like Twitter and Instagram, where our friendly fliers are evidently showing us just how fun it can be to serve microwaved meals at 30,000 feet. Of course, this new twist on the “mile high club” likely doesn’t come close to other form of above ground “recreation,” which will remain unnamed.
Using a variety of hashtags such as #trolleydolly, #galley, #cabincrew, #airhostess, #flightattendant and others, flight attendants are posting Vanity Fair-like pics and spreads of themselves in sexy poses, according to the Daily Mail. Most of the selfies show the girls in empty cabins. It appears that a majority of the pics are from European airlines – go figure.
The flight attendants are draped across the jet seats, laying all over one another, posing with captain’s hats, blowing kisses, one leg up in cutesy postures. “Aviation is a very close-knit community,” said flight attendant Shawn Kathleen. “We get each other, because we’re living the same lifestyle.” Kathleen says the selfies are not just about showing passengers how much fun there is to be had up in the sky, but also about having an avenue to vent frustrations and break out of what was always thought to be a very traditional “stewardess” role.
Kathleen said she’s in the process of trademarking the phrase #crewlife and encourages her fellow flight attendants to use the hashtag #passengershaming to post pics of passengers that are behaving badly. Sort of an "embarrassment gallery" that is supposed to shame misbehaving passengers into getting their act together.
Heather Poole, an 18-year veteran flight attendant and author of the New York Times bestselling book "Cruising Attitude," told the New York Post that she would never engage in such behavior. Poole said airlines exercise rigid controls over their image and thinks that if this selfie and passenger shaming trend continues, airlines will start to clamp down.
“When I go to my Instagram feed and see flight attendants posting pictures in uniforms, I can't believe they do that,” said Pool. “It's a big deal. The airlines protect their image, everything is very strict. You could lose your job.”
Delta airlines, for example, does not allow their flight attendants to take pictures of themselves with celebrities while their employees are working and in uniform. Delta looks to protect the privacy of their fliers, and wants all of their passengers to enjoy themselves without being bothered. A Delta spokesperson did say that selfies are OK — to a point.
“Attendants may post selfies as long as they’re in uniform compliance and not doing anything illegal,” according to a Delta employee. Delta’s handbook for flight attendants says: “Corporate Security can give you the specific guidelines as to what you can and can’t do in uniform. Our standards are… as long as you act in a professional image and portray the company in a professional manner,” then certain actions like taking selfies are acceptable.
What are your thoughts of the mile-high selfies? Ever taken one, or been in one? Leave your thoughts (or pics) below.