March 26, 2023

Jeff Bezos’ Partner Lauren Sánchez Said When She Was 18 Southwest Airlines Wouldn’t Hire Her Because Of Her Weight

Jeff Bezos’s accomplice Lauren Sánchez not too long ago instructed Wall Road Journal a few previous encounter with Southwest Airlines.

The Emmy-award-winning journalist recalled when she was 18 years outdated and wished to pursue a profession as a flight attendant. Nevertheless, she failed a compulsory weigh-in for a place with Southwest in 1989, PEOPLE reported.

“Back then, they weighed you, and I weighed 121 pounds,” she explains. “They stated, ‘You need to be 115.’” She noted that if she had to do it all over again, she would say, “I don’t need to be a stewardess. I need to be the pilot!”

It appears the airline nonetheless has some restrictions in place. Its present flight attendant profession web page reads: “Weight must be of such proportion to height that a neat appearance is maintained and the physical ability to perform all job functions is not hindered.”

Flight attendants are required to be at the least 20 years outdated, preserve “a well-groomed appearance,” and be capable of carry 50 lbs. to shoulder top.

Sánchez switched profession routes to change into a well known journalist, working on-air at KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona, and Fox Sports activities, Further, and Good Day L.A. Nevertheless, she has returned and gotten her helicopter pilot’s license.

“I don’t know why more women don’t do it,” she says, including that when different girls discover out what she does, they’re typically shocked. “They’re like, “What? You’re such a bada–!” And I need to say it’s actually not that onerous. I do need extra girls to become involved in it.”

She additionally instructed WSJ that she’ll be on an upcoming Blue Origin journey to house with an all-female crew of “women who are making a difference in the world and who are impactful and have a message to send.”

“I’m super excited about it. And a little nervous,” she tells WSJ of the voyage, which is at present slated to happen by early 2024. “I’ve wanted to be in the rocket from the jump, so [Bezos] is excited to make this happen with all of these women.”