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Fasten your seatbelt, plug in your headset and settle in for the in-flight entertainment as we soar through the history of Australian flight attendants, from the 1930s to 9/11 and beyond.Until 1983, Australian flight attendants were known as air hostesses and flight stewards. Their duties and career prospects were strictly divided along gender lines -- they even had separate unions. In the early days there were no limitations on their flying hours. For the women, grooming and body-shape were strictly monitored, and they were forced to retire at 35.From the 1950s, this exceptional group of service workers used collective bargaining and the industrial tribunals to gradually win better pay and conditions. When anti-discrimination legislation came into force from the late 1970s, hostesses fought the airlines to get rid of the sexist rules that had governed their terms of employment. And with the advent of gay law reform, gay male flight attendants wasted no time in fighting for the extension of benefits previously open only to heterosexual employees.From the luxury of the flying boats to the glamour of the Constellations, from hi-jinks in slip ports to sick bags in cattle class, from the tyranny of check hostesses to victory in the courts, today´s Hindsight explores the remarkable labour history of Australian flight attendants.