Today, July 12, the world day of flight attendants of civil aviation, which is celebrated by representatives of one of the most romantic professions in the world, better known to us as stewards and stewardesses.
Photographer Brian Finke spent two years traveling the world and documenting the lives of flight attendants. He studied the routine of flight attendants airlines Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Hooters Air, Southwest. Then switched to foreign — Air France, Qantas and British Airways. In London, the photographer visited the school, which trained future profession. Brian then went to the East — Air Asia, Thai, Tiger, ANA, Japan, and Cathay Pacific, and completed the journey with the airline Icelandair. The result of his work was the book called "Flight attendants".
Co-author with Brian on the book by Alix brown believes that the style of photography Finke is neither nostalgic and romantic, nor too realistic. Women in the pictures appear at the time of the Commission worked out to automatism of movements and actions — demonstrate safety, smile and wave, like in advertising.
And if sometimes flashes slightly surreal way, it is possible, because no matter how accustomed we became to travel by plane, the flight and all that it involves, will always attract reverence.
Photo: flight attendant Rosati.
To become a flight attendant is quite simple. To get to the training, enough to pass the interview and medical examination. Month theoretical course, 30 hours of flight as a trainee and all. Few who are not undergoing internship: the company is willing to dismiss such employees due to training costs and form.
For flight attendants important knowledge of English and some external parameters. But the notion that the stewardess should be a model, is a myth. Only takes into account height and weight.
On the photo: Rosati, the airline AirAsia.
Growth — so you can get Luggage for short passengers. And weight to not overload the aircraft.
Photo: flight attendants Air France airlines.
Most come into the profession for money and opportunities to go abroad. Romantics are now almost there. Often an acquaintance, but it does not give any privileges.
Photo: the aircraft of the airline Hooters Air.
During training flight attendants are taught a lot — from airplane design to delivery. There is a special room where modeling situations and train. Definitely need to be able to swim.
Photo: Sarah, airline Hooters Air.
Learn how to deal with inadequate passengers. For example, if the person is violent, the flight attendants should first ask him to calm down. Then give a written warning. And if that doesn't work, you can tie a seal is such a rake on the cart that looks different from the remedy. How to beat — also teach: hand on chin.
Photo: Ava, the flight attendant of Cathay Pacific.
Hair, nails — everything must be in order. Pre-flight briefing, the flight attendants always examine the suit should be clean, makeup — appropriate. Sometimes removed from the flight. So, one flight attendant on the briefing took off his coat — and only then noticed that I forgot to wear a skirt.
Photo: Christy, Southwest Airlines.
Flight attendants have always been more than stewards. But girls sometimes do not take flight. For example, if you carry deportees. Or the whole plane is busy with the football team.
Photo: flight attendant Singapore airline Tigerair.
Training Aziz, Lily and Stella, the airline AirAsia.
Unnur is trained, the Icelandic airline Icelandair.
Kate, airlines TigerAir.
Vivian, Cathay Pacific.
Vanya and Kate.
Usako, Japanese airline All Nippon Airways.
Linda, Cathay Pacific.
Inside the plane American airlines Delta Airlines.
Lily and Azrise.