Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend Lauren Sanchez rShe was once denied a job as a flight attendant because of her weight.
A 53-year-old journalist and helicopter pilot, she aspired to be a flight attendant when she was 18, but lost her job at Southwest Airlines after failing a mandatory weigh-in in 1989. I remembered.
“At the time, they weighed you. I weighed 121 pounds,” the Emmy winner recalled in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “They said, ‘You have to be 115.'”
Sanchez told the outlet that if such a situation had happened now, she would have responded differently.
The media personality said she would tell airlines, “I don’t want to be a flight attendant. I want to be a pilot!”
Until the 1990s, many airlines had strict height and weight requirements for their flight attendants, as well as mandatory weight measurements.
according to of Southwest Airlines Career Page, for flight attendant applicants, “Weight must be proportional to height so that a neat appearance is maintained and the physical ability to perform all duties is not hindered.”
In addition, job seekers “must be able to lift items up to 50 pounds from the floor to shoulder height if necessary.”
A representative for Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Sanchez then became a reporter and anchor for KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona, and later worked for Fox Sports Net, Fox 11 and Extra in Los Angeles.
A New Mexico native whose parents were both pilots, she earned her helicopter pilot license in 2016. She then started Black Ops Aviation, a female-owned aviation film and production company.
Sanchez said he makes an effort to fly at least three times a week to stay up to date and often climbs into the cockpit to fly Bezos, 59, and his family around the world.
“I don’t understand why more women don’t do it,” she told the WSJ.
of Former “view” host She explained that she founded Black Ops Aviation after realizing there was a shortage of other female-owned airlines.
“Less than 9% of pilots are women,” she said. “That’s it! Even less of that percentage are helicopter pilots. How many female pilots do you see in all movies? What do you see? You see male pilots. [women] They don’t realize they can do it. ”
Sanchez said the women were surprised and impressed when they found out she was a pilot.
“They are in shock!” she said. “They want to say, ‘What? What kind of badass are you?!’
Sanchez told the WSJ that she is very excited about her plans to have all female Blue Origin space missions by 2024.
“I will be a woman who makes a difference in the world, who is influential and who sends a message,” she said.
Five women will join Sanchez on the mission, but their names will not be announced until closer to the launch date.
Sanchez said Bezos has a pilot’s license, but the Amazon founder said he wouldn’t join her. About the mission.
“As much as he wants to be on this flight, I’m going to have to hold him back,” Sanchez said. “He’ll be cheering us all on from the sidelines.”
Sanchez and Bezos went public with their relationship in 2019, although both had divorced former spouses Patrick Whitesell and Mackenzie Scott.
He said working with Bezos on the Blue Origin mission and other projects was “the best experience I’ve ever had.”
“I’ve always had a completely separate career path from my partner,” she said. “I think I can work with my partner now. I can be with him forever….We love being together, we love working together. “