Mile-high selfies are the latest craze to hit the internet, and more specifically, Instagram. What’s even better is that the very finest trolly- dollies, who take the pictures, are in an unofficial secret underground network. Kinky huh?
Well, yes and no. Many of the images posted have been very tasteful, for example, a crew of five stunning Emirates Airlines attendants took a picture of themselves, in full air hostess regalia, draped over one another just like a Vanity Fair cover.
The unforgettable tag line for that image was: “Best crew ever #galley #cabincrew #airhostess #flightattendant #emiratescrew #emiratescabincrew #crewlife #flight,” you get the idea.
In another mile-high selfie, a different pretty “hostess with the mostest” is seen in a crew locker room wearing a pilot’s hat and with her lips puckered, presumably ready for action. The tag for that one was: “#flywithme.”
Shawn Kathleen, an avid blogger and flight attendant said that the mile-high selfies were a great way for the airline workers community to stay in touch and keep moral high. Kathleen, who has a blog called “Rants of a Sassy Stew” said: “Aviation is a very close-knit community. We get each other, because we’re living the same lifestyle.”
Kathleen is in the process of trademarking the phrase #crewlife and is also actively encouraging flight attendants to name and shame rude flyers by posting photos of them with the hashtag #passengershaming.
A flight attendant of 18 years, Heather Poole, said she would never in her right mind post a picture of herself in uniform due to tight controls that airlines have: “When I go to my Instagram feed and see [flight attendants] posting pictures in uniforms, I can’t believe they do that. It’s a big deal. The airlines protect their image, everything is very strict. You could lose your job,” she said.
It remains to be seen whether or not the mile-high selfie network will stay underground, or whether it will gain popularity and become more mainstream. Watch this space.