One cannot help but chuckle all the way through this post by Chris Manno (a.k.a. Jethead).
Yeah, it’s all about the four stripes. A lot of stuff changes the day you put them on.
Sure, there’s the instant recognition from coworkers. They know the reality behind the symbols of authority and reflect that in their very manner. That’s the outward effect. Inward? Well, you know you’ve arrived.
…You have to be confident to earn the respect of the Cabin crew, plus that of your fellow pilots, who are secretly happy about the fact that you have the four stripes, not them, although they do love to kid around. Never mind that it could be–SHOULD BE–them in the left seat now occupied by your sorry lard ass, no one’s bitter.
— “Airline Captain: It’s all about the prestige.” JetHead, 18 February 2010.
The closing image and caption are not to be missed.