Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sánchez revealed that she was as soon as rejected for a job as a flight attendant because of her weight.
The 53-year-old journalist and helicopter pilot recalled that she aspired to develop into a flight attendant when she was 18 however misplaced out on a place at Southwest Airlines in 1989 after failing a necessary weigh-in.
“Back then, they weighed you, and I weighed 121 kilos,” the Emmy Award winner remembered throughout an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “They stated, ‘You should be 115.'”
Sánchez informed the outlet that she would have responded otherwise if that state of affairs have been to happen now.
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The media character stated she would inform the airline, “I do not wish to be a stewardess. I wish to be the pilot!”
Until the Nineties, many airways had strict peak and weight necessities for flight attendants and necessary weigh-ins.
According to Southwest Airlines’ profession web page, flight attendant candidates’ “weight should be of such proportion to peak that a neat look is maintained and the bodily capacity to carry out all job capabilities shouldn’t be hindered.”
In addition, jobseekers “should be capable to elevate gadgets as much as 50 kilos from ground to shoulder degree as required.”
A consultant for Southwest Airlines didn’t instantly reply to Fox News Digital’s request for remark.
Sánchez went on to develop into a reporter and anchor at KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona and later labored at Fox Sports Net, Los Angeles’ Fox 11 and Extra.
The New Mexico native, whose dad and mom have been each pilots, earned her helicopter pilot license in 2016. She later launched Black Ops Aviation, a female-owned aerial movie and manufacturing firm.
Sánchez stated she makes an effort to fly no less than 3 times a week to remain updated and continuously will get within the cockpit to fly Bezos, 59, and their households around the globe.
“I do not know why extra girls do not do it,” she informed the WSJ.
The former “View” host defined that she based Black Ops Aviation when she famous the shortage of different female-owned aviation firms.,
“Less than 9 % of pilots are girls,” she stated. “That’s it! Of that proportion, even much less are helicopter pilots. How many ladies pilots do you see in each film? What do you see? You see male pilots. And so [women] do not understand that they will do it.”
Sánchez stated different girls are shocked and impressed after they be taught she is a pilot.
“They’re shocked!” she stated. “They’re like, ‘What? You’re such a badass!’ And I wish to say it is actually not that onerous. I do need extra girls to get entangled in it.”
Sánchez informed the WSJ that she could be very enthusiastic about her plans to guide an all-female mission to outer house on Blue Origin, which is able to happen by 2024.
“It’s going to be girls who’re making a distinction on this planet and who’re impactful and have a message to ship,” she stated.
Five girls will be a part of Sánchez on the mission, however their names will not be introduced till nearer to the launch date.
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Though Sánchez stated Bezos is getting his pilot’s license, she stated that the Amazon founder wouldn’t be becoming a member of her on the mission.
“As a lot as he desires to go on this flight, I’m going to have to carry him again,” Sánchez stated. “He’ll be cheering us all on from the sidelines.”
Sánchez and Bezos went public with their relationship in 2019 whereas each have been divorcing their former spouses, Patrick Whitesell and MacKenzie Scott.
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The former broadcaster stated working with Bezos on the Blue Origin mission and different initiatives is the “biggest expertise I’ve ever had.”
“I’ve all the time had a profession very separate from my companion,” she stated. “I feel now that I can work with my companion, and be with him on a regular basis…. We like to be collectively and we like to work collectively.”