So you want to become a flight attendant? Well using the knowledge provided here at you will have a step-by-step plan of how to become a flight attendant.


Step 1: Age & Physiological Requirements

Step 2: Education

Step 3: Prior Experience & Credentials

Step 4: Applying for the Position

Step 5: Training and Certification

Step 6: Advancement

Step 7: Staying Motivated


Flight attendants play an integral role for the airlines. They are at the front lines and demonstrate the face of the company while also ensuring that the passengers are safe and comfortable. Flight attendants many responsibilities, such as:

v Instructing passengers about safety procedures,

v Act as a customer service representative,

v Providing food and beverage services on many flights,

v Ensuring passengers comply with aviation regulations,

v Play an important role in emergency situations to ensure the passengers are safe.


Step 1: Age & Physiological Requirements


The minimum age of a flight attendant varies from airline to airline between 18-21 (i.e. An airline may require a flight attendant to be at least 19 years old). The minimum age typically does not go higher than 21. Ordinarily airlines do not publish a maximum age and as long as one is able to pass a medical examination it may never been too late.


Candidates may also need to meet other physiological requirements before they become a flight attendant. These include:

-       Height & Arm reach:

o   Most common height restrictions are between 4’ 11” & 6’ 3”

o   An example of arm reach is at least being able to reach 208 cm

o   These restrictions are to ensure that flight attendants are able to work safely & comfortably in the cabin space of their aircraft.

-       Weight

o   There is no weight limitation for flight attendants.

o   Companies may require a flight attendant to be a weight that is proportional to their height. Using an online BMI calculator one is able to determine if they fall into a normal BMI category.

-       Vision

o   A flight attendant may need to pass a vision test requiring at least 20/30 with the use of contact lens or corrective lenses.

-       Pass a medical examination to ensure the person is fit and safe for flying after they are hired.


Step 2: Education


The level of education to become a flight attendant varies from a high school diploma to a college degree. Some airlines even prefer their employees having taken a flight attendant course at a Travel Academy or equivalent.


Although the it is not a requirement there are many advantages of deciding to attend a Travel Academy such as:

v Standing out from the crowd with the addition of an extra credential,

v Assist with job placement,

v Provide training which ensures a better quality employee for the airline,

v Makes the company training course easier for the student; and,

v Is a great asset for the serious career flight attendant.


Step 3: Prior Experience & Credentials


Prior customer service or hospitality experience is definitely an asset for a person to be competitive. When flying for international airlines, being fluent in other languages is also a huge asset.


Other requirements may be include:

v Customer service driven,

v Pleasant manner,

v Good communication skills,

v Team player attitude,

v Conscientious,

v Ability to be away from home,

v Independent,

v Confidence; and,

v Ability to pass a medical evaluation.


Step 4: Applying for the Position


One may apply to a position through various methods such as

v Applying to a company directly through their website or other online websites,

v Attending a job fair; and/or,

v Having their flight attendant academy connect the student with aviation companies.


There are a few different types of flight attendants:

v Corporate/VIP

o   Companies: Private charter company or Large organization such as a bank.

o   Aircraft: Executive/Corporate Jets

o   Type of flying: Variety of destinations either being local or around the world as required by the company. Every day may be different. It may be a day trip to New York or a few days in Caribbean and you may not know where the next adventure will take you. May be 1 or 2 flight attendants on each plane.

o   Best for: People with flexible schedules and who enjoy change at a moment’s notice.

v Major International Airlines

o   Companies: Delta, Cathay Pacific, Emirates etc.

o   Aircraft: Large wide body aircraft

o   Type of flying: Fly around the world. Typically fly a low number of legs, but may be a long long flight as you cross the globe. Spend time on your lay over to relax or explore in a different country for roughly 24-36 hours and then return home. May be a large group of flight attendants 10-20 depending on the aircraft and company requirements.

o   Best for: Those who want to travel the globe and don't mind being away from home for long periods of time.

v Regional Airlines

o   Companies: Sky Regional, Air Canada Jazz, Porter Airlines etc.

o   Aircraft: Flying on medium sized aircraft

o   Type of flying: Fly locally around a main airport and complete multiple flights in one day and having short layovers at their destination. 1-3 flight attendants.

o   Best for: Those who don't mind working long hours and having a busy day, but also typically get to be at home more often.


Step 5: Training and Certification


Once hired as a flight attendant one receives training from their employer that must be certified by their governments transportation authority or equivalent. The length of the training courses vary from 3-6 weeks.


During this time one learns:

v Emergency procedures,

v Hospitality practices,

v Customer service information about the company

v Aviation rules and regulations,

v Company operations; and,

v Other duties and responsibilities required by the company.


Once training is complete, graduates typically receive a Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency. After their initial training is complete cabin crew must also attend recurrent training each year to maintain their certificate.


Step 5: Advancement


Career advancement is typically seniority based. After completing initial training, new flight attendants may be placed on reserve where they must report for a flight within a short period of time. The duration of this period varies between companies, but can range from several months to a few years. Once this period is over, flight attendants are able to bid on flights they want to do. As time progresses one is able to better determine how much time they want to spend away from home, what destinations they want to visit and often end up in a managing role onboard the aircraft overseeing other cabin crew. In their later years, flight attendants may be promoted to management positions in which they are responsible for recruiting, instructing and scheduling.


Step 6: Staying Motivated


Whether for a first job, new experience or permanent career the choice to become a flight attendant can be a very exciting and rewarding decision. If you possess an interest to travel while you work, to get out of the office routine and have a desire to fly then you will go far.