From ‘Caught in the act: Unglamorous behaviour of Emirates stewardess’, 6 April 2011, article in Asiaone Relax.
AN EMIRATES flight attendant was recently spotted with her leg propped up on a luggage case at at an international airport.
…(A) traveller was at an international airport returning from Europe when he witnessed the Emirates staff raising her leg in a seemingly unpalatable manner.
According to the reader, it seems the uniformed stewardess, dressed in a pant-suit, was about to board the plane when she rested her foot on a trolley luggage in full view of other waiting passengers.
He said in an email to STOMP: “Imagine, air stewardesses should all be well-groomed and behave in a more ‘atas’ (high-class) manner.
“However, look at what I saw on my return trip from Europe.
“An Emirates air stewardess ‘kiao-kar-ing’ (putting her foot up) in front of all the passengers waiting to board the plane!”
There’s something about stewardess’s feet that grabs travellers’ attention, whether it’s positioned at a halfway-to -kopitiam-uncle ‘kiao-kar’ ness, or what’s worn on them. Perhaps it’s unfair to rate the poise of other airlines’ flight attendants in comparison to our very own Singapore Girl, who having to squeeze herself into a skinny sarong kebaya without the luxury of a ‘pant-suit’ would kill for the chance to ‘shake some leg’ and let loose once in a while. Unlike the weakly Singapore Girl, an Emirates attendant with a little ruffian in her would at least provide some assurance in the event of a hostage situation. Striking a mildly threatening thuggish pose to signal casual authority is also nowhere as damaging to one’s company prestige as being caught taking a puff outside Changi Airport terminals as our Singapore Girls have, even when they have their tiny feet firmly and elegantly rooted to the ground while at it.
It’s a pain just to watch our SIA girls even kneel, and one can’t expect attendants, having to be on their feet most of the time on board, to swaddle around, backs straight, make-up on, lips moist, hips gently undulating even when they’re off duty like how those seductive SIA ads have led us to believe. Such complainants probably also expect stewardesses to also eat with their mouth closed, in small, lady-like bites, and finishing off their salad with a dainty dab with a napkin, tenderly folded into a perfect square before discarding. Woe betide the stewardess caught handling a chicken drumstick with her bare hands! Flight attending isn’t professional ballroom dancing, princess school or a nunnery, so we shouldn’t belittle stewardesses for leaning their backs on a wall, hunching, stomping their feet when they walk, or raising their voices above the audible range of a sweet whisper. And even if she has flawless poise and all the makings of a master geisha, what spills out of her mouth while serving you will just put all the stifling etiquette and posture to total waste.