Main content

Fasten your seatbelts: Female flight attendants

Two women discuss what it's like to be a woman on the frontline of the airline industry

What's it like to be a woman in the airline industry? Flying has undergone great changes in the past few decades, but Kim Chakanetsa asks how far perceptions of female cabin crew have really changed?

Heather Poole has worked for a major US airline for 20 years. She's also the author of the bestselling book, 'Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers at 30,000 Feet.' Through social media and blogging she has exposed what's really going on in the minds of cabin crew.

Gretchen Ryan started working for South African Airways in 1983 and has just published a book about her experiences called 'Secrets of a Stewardess: Flying the World in the 1980s.' She describes a mad decade of travel during a time when flying was a luxury and to be an air hostess was seen by many as a glamourous life.

Presenter: Kim Chakanetsa.

L: Heather Poole (credit: Almeida)
R: Gretchen Ryan (credit: Callyn Jones)

Available now

27 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Jun 2019 22:32GMT


  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 02:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 03:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 04:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 10:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 17:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 21:32GMT
  • Mon 24 Jun 2019 22:32GMT

The best of The Conversation

The best of The Conversation

Enlightening, inspiring, revealing: Some of our favourite Conversations so far

The Conversation hits the road

The Conversation hits the road

What are women talking about around the world?

100 Women

100 Women

Global experience on image, work, relationships, equality, migration and working lives

The Conversation Podcast

The Conversation Podcast

Download every programme to listen where and when you like