Former co-host of “Good Day L.A.” and entertainment show “Extra” Lauren Sanchez, dating Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for the past four years, was rejected by Southwest Airlines when she tried to become a flight attendant.
Ms. Sanchez and Mr. Bezos announced they were leaving their spouses after tabloids prepared to break the story about their relationship. Now, with Bezos no longer actively running Amazon, the two are… staples of the tabloids.
When the 53 year old former spouse of William Morris Endeavor chairman Patrick Whitesell first moved to Los Angeles her dream was to become a flight attendant. However “she narrowly failed a weigh-in for the role at Southwest Airlines in 1989.”
“Back then, they weighed you, and I weighed 121 pounds,” Sánchez said. “They said, ‘You need to be 115.'” But she said if she were that age again, she’d know: “I don’t want to be a stewardess. I want to be the pilot!”
She did become a helicopter pilot, and Bezos took a sudden interest in helicopters.
The helicopters he once loathed were apparently capturing much of his attention. It was reported that Bezos’ holding company bought one, and Amazon sought to include a helipad at its proposed second headquarters in New York City in what the Post said was an idea that “came right from the top.”
Next year she’s planning a trip to space aboard Bezos’s Blue Origin which last year sent up William Shatner because of course. She’s Vice Chair of climate change charity Bezos Earth Fund, and is silent the carbon emissions expected from the trip.
I’d love to see Jeff Bezos, who is rumored to be selling the Washington Post and buying the Washington Commanders football team, buy Southwest Airlines. For revenge. Bezos is worth ~ $120 billion and Southwest’s market cap is only a bit over $20 billion.
It’s hard to imagine rejecting a flight attendant candidate for missing a 115 pound weight goal now. But in the 1970s Southwest Airlines marketed itself as the “love airline” for its secuality. And while the “Love Airlines” case (Wilson v Southwest Airlines Co) had already found that it wasn’t necessary to be a woman to fulfill the duties of a flight attendant, but weight standards unconnected to performance didn’t fall away until the 90s.