Up In the Flair

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23:   'The Fly Girls' atte...
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There are several things I would consider less glamorous than TV would lead viewers to believe — working in hospitals, going on auditions and as I presently sit in the Jet Blue terminal in JFK airport, flying the friendly skies.

Speaking of friendly skies, they’re about to get a whole lot more so. In a new reality show on the CW, called Fly Girls,  the flashy lives of several feisty flight attendants is about to launch.  If the YouTube promo videos are any indication — I’m afraid that Virgin America‘s ploy to make air travel as fun as the Jersey Shore, is a big mistake. How interesting could flirty staff and passengers really be?

According to a VP at CW, it’s the women’s “charisma” that we’ll enjoy. “This show is about real, down-to-earth young women who happen to have landed in an exceptionally glamorous, high-flying career filled with exotic locations and handsome strangers,” said Kristen Vadas, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, The CW.  “We’re thrilled to be working with Virgin America for this unique peek into a whirlwind lifestyle that shows how tough it is to be grounded when you work 35,000 feet in the air.”

What about the crying children, cranky passengers and cramped quarters — is that really “whirlwind” experiences we want to watch once a week, let alone encounter in real life?And, if this is a ploy to bring back the stereotypes of sixties and seventies stewardesses, where airlines advertised the attractiveness of their flight attendants to gain customers, we do not need to create more grief for the real hard-working women that will have to suffer the ogling and butt slaps as a result of becoming an airline amenity.

Maybe I’m wrong and I’m just a boring flier who types away on her computer taking advantage of free wi-fi, but if you ask me, there’s no reason to open this can of peanuts if it means further objectification of flight staff.

Alright, time to board my whirlwind of glamour now.

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