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New Uniforms and (Maybe) New Routes Keep Southwest Flight Attendants Smiling

October 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

It’s a good week to be a flight attendant aboard Southwest Airlines, and it's not just because there's less stress during the boarding process—bags fly free of course. Flight attendants—at least the ladies—are scoring some new uniforms.

The days of hot pants and go-go boots are long gone, but it also looks like the khaki shorts might be taking a hike as well. Southwest Airlines just announced that they’re phasing in some navy blue dresses, as well as some cardigans and a snazzy new scarf. It doesn’t appear that Southwest went out and collaborated with a name brand designer like some other carriers, but we can’t fault them for their choice of trench coat, blazer, or black boots. Check out the new look right here.

We’re going to limit embarrassing ourselves with additional comments on mile high fashion trends—we’ll leave that up to the our editor JetSetCD who knows what she's talking about—see here, here, and here. However, we will let you know of one other reason why flight attendants will be smiling while handing out the peanuts this week.

It looks like the airline’s flight attendants are totally cool with flying all the way over to Hawaii, or at least that’s what it sounds like on paper. They recently approved contract changes that allow for flights over water to nearby islands or even nearby states. A little more than fifty percent of the flight attendants were in favor of the measure, and that’s a change because this plan was previously voted down earlier in the year.

It’s probably going to be a few more years until planes start heading overseas—like Mexico—but it sounds like 2014 might just be a good bet.

[Photo: BriYYZ]

Archived Comments:


KJB: I don't get the connection to more overhead bin space and the new dress? Also, are you ASSUMING that the company id soing away with beige shorts or is that a fact?

Brain Fart...

I was trying to say that the FAs aboard Southwest are less stressed, because they don't deal with as many overhead bin battles. However, I think I forgot to type a whole sentence--um, woops.

As for the shorts, let's just hope they're going away...but thinking these new options are just in addition to previous options.

International? ha!

We are YEARS away from flying international routes on Southwest metal! If the world only knew how behind in technology we are (and how small-minded, backward-redneck our management's approach to anything outside the contiguous 48 is) our stock will sink to less thank a buck. AirTran will be working these routes for years to come, and we are, of course EPICALLY FRUSTRATED! http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/04/southwest-airtran-merger-codeshare-about-to-get-tou gh-041912 You should write an article about this, we can not say much more. You know, this being closer to Jonestown than a real airline...

International? ha! 2

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