jeff bezos girlfriend Lauren Sanchez r.revealed that she was once turned down for a job as a flight attendant because of her weight.
The 53-year-old journalist and helicopter pilot recalled that she aspired to become a flight attendant when she was 18, but lost a position with Southwest Airlines in 1989 after failing the mandatory weigh-in.
“Back then, they weighed you and I weighed 121 pounds,” the Emmy Award winner recalled during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “They said, ‘You have to be 115.'”
Sánchez told the outlet that she would have responded differently if that situation happened now.
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The media personality said she would tell the airline: “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 flight attendants and mandatory weigh-ins.
According to Southwest Airlines’ career page, “Flight attendant applicants’ weight should be such that it is kept in proportion to height so that a neat appearance is maintained and physical ability to perform all job functions is not impeded.”
Additionally, job applicants “must be able to lift items up to 50 pounds from the floor to shoulder level as needed.”
A representative for Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Sánchez became a reporter and anchor for KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona and later worked at Fox Sports Net, Fox 11 Los Angeles and Extra.
The New Mexico native, whose parents were both pilots, earned her helicopter pilot’s license in 2016. She later launched Black Ops Aviation, a women-owned aerial film and production company.
Sanchez said she makes an effort to fly at least three times a week to keep up to date and often climbs into the cabin to take Bezos, 59, and their families around the world.
“I don’t know why more women don’t do it,” she told the WSJ.
He former host of “Ver” she explained that she founded Black Ops Aviation when she noticed the lack of other female-owned aviation companies.
“Less than nine percent of the pilots are women,” she said. “That’s right! Of that percentage, even fewer are helicopter pilots. How many female pilots do you see in each movie? What do you see? You see male pilots. And so on. [women] They don’t realize they can do it.”
Sánchez said that other women are surprised and impressed when they find out that she is a pilot.
“They’re shocked!” she said. “They’re like, ‘What? You’re so rude!’ And I mean it’s really not that hard. I want more women to get involved in this.”
Sánchez told the WSJ that she is very excited about her plans to lead an all-female mission into outer space on Blue Origin, which will take place in 2024.
“It will be women who will make a difference in the world and have an impact and have a message to send,” she said.
Five women will join Sanchez on the mission, but their names will not be announced until closer to the launch date.
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Although Sánchez said Bezos is getting his pilot’s license, he said the Amazon founder would not join her. on the mission.
“As much as I want to take this flight, I’m going to have to hold it,” Sanchez said. “He’ll be rooting for all of us from the sidelines.”
Sánchez and Bezos went public with their relationship in 2019 while both were divorcing their ex-spouses, Patrick Whitesell and MacKenzie Scott.
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The former broadcaster called working with Bezos on the Blue Origin mission and other projects the “best experience I’ve ever had.”
“I’ve always had a very separate career from my partner,” she said. “I think now I can work with my partner and be with him all the time… We love being together and we love working together.”
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