Ex Virgin flight attendant Mandy Smith revealed what life was like while training to work for the carrier in the 2000s.
“I was surrounded by glamour,” wrote Smith. “The Flight Centre was also used to coordinate staff travel and as a check-in port for Virgin crew flying out of Gatwick, so every day we’d see staff coming and going, looking so sleek in their uniforms, the girls gliding effortlessly in heels like models on a catwalk, impeccably made-up, not a hair out of place.
“Grooming rules were incredibly strict at Virgin, especially for girls.
“As ambassadors of the brand we were expected to look spick and span at all times: in the air, on the ground, at the training centre… basically whenever we were in uniform.