The Southwest Uniform
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
When I was young, I often traveled on airlines. Flying was luxurious, with comfortable upholstered seats, fine dining and everyone using their company manners. Women wore dresses, and men, jackets and ties. In those days, the flight attendants were ladies and wore military-style skirts suits.
Then came the years of raising kids and paying bills. Travel during this time consisted of camping and fishing trips, outings to car shows, races and ball games.
The children grown, I took my next flight on a "new style" airline. How the world of airline travel had changed as I got older! The luxury was gone. People wearing jeans and carrying rucksacks pushed and crowded onto the plane, competing for luggage bins and seats. The seats had no leg room or hip room either. Meals had been replaced by the "snack box" which contained assorted unpalatable food-like-products. The flight attendants were boys and girls, and they wore shorts and polo shirts.
I commented on how much easier it was to serve and clean while wearing these clothes. It showed consideration from the management. The attendant said, "It's the Southwest Uniform." That phrase intrigued me.
As retirement neared, I moved to the southwest. It seems that the region did indeed have a uniform. Bus drivers and waitresses wore shorts and polo shirts. People selling lumber and real estate wore the same. So did teachers, mechanics, medical technicians, carpenters, electrician, and store clerks...even some people attending church!
At my workplace, there was a sign posted..."Shorts, no more than one inch above the knee, may be worn by all employees from March 15 until November 15." At first I was a little shocked and stuck to my skirts or nice trousers, but by June, this outsider had joined the others in the comfort of shorts and polo shirts.
When you come to visit in this area, you will find us all properly attired in the "Southwest Uniform."