Mile High selfies have taken over Instagram in recent weeks, and it has nothing to do with anything naughty, but some of the selfies are hilarious. Unfortunately, these high-resolution images can cost them their jobs.
The images are showing up under the hashtags of #trolleydolly #galley #cabincrew #airhostess #flightattendant #crewlife #flight and #lifeofahostie. NewsOXY reached out to Heather Poole, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Cruising Attitude,” who said that airlines have put tight controls over images made by flight attendants and staff. But when they found out what was on Instagram, they were a bit surprised. And so was Poole.
“I can’t believe what I see on my Instagram feed,” Poole said, adding, “I see pictures of attendants in full uniforms.”
Poole also knows a thing or two about the rules when working for an airline because she’s an 18-year flight attendant veteran.
The images have even catch the attention of the international media. The Daily Mail reported that in one photo it found, a flight attendant was laid across atop the headrests of a row of seats, smiling and in another, a stewardess was sitting on a seat holding the speaker phone to her ear as though she’s about to make an announcement in the cabin.
The Post said Poole coined the phrase “laviator,” headshots of people who snap photos of themselves in the bathroom of airplanes.
The newspaper quoted a Delta Airlines employee who said that the selfies should be okay as long as the flight attendants are not breaking the law and are in “uniform compliance.”
“Corporate security can give you the specific guidelines as to what you can and can’t do in uniform,” said the Delta source. “Our standards are, (you can do it) as long as you (act) in a professional image and (portray) the company in a professional manner.”
Shawn Kathleen, who runs the “Rants of a Sassy Stew” blog, said the flight attendants likely used the selfies as a means of camaraderie.
“Aviation is a very close-knit community,” said Shawn Kathleen, who doesn’t make her last name public. “We get each other, because we’re living the same lifestyle.”
If airlines can identify the individuals seen in the so-called “mile high selfies” that are posted from their social media accounts, they could lose their jobs.