So you want to become
a flight attendant? Well using the knowledge provided here at
WeWorkWithPlanes.com you will have a step-by-step plan of how to become a
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,
passengers about safety procedures,
Act as a customer
and beverage services on many flights,
passengers comply with aviation regulations,
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 Ordinarily airlines do not publish a maximum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
Candidates may also
need to meet other physiological requirements before they become a flight
attendant. These include:
- Height & Arm reach:
height restrictions are between 4’ 11” & 6’ 3”
An example of
arm reach is at least being able to reach 208 cm
restrictions are to ensure that flight attendants are able to work safely &
comfortably in the cabin space of their aircraft.
There is no
weight limitation for flight attendants.
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.
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.
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:
from the crowd with the addition of an extra credential,
Assist with job
training which ensures a better quality employee for the airline,
Makes the company
training course easier for the student; and,
Is a great
asset for the serious career flight attendant.
Step 3: Prior
Experience & Credentials
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.
may be include:
Ability to be away from home,
Ability to pass
a medical evaluation.
Step 4: Applying
for the Position
One may apply to a
position through various methods such as
Applying to a
company directly through their website or other online websites,
Attending a job
flight attendant academy connect the student with aviation companies.
There are a few
different types of flight attendants:
Private charter company or Large organization such as a bank.
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.
Best for: People
with flexible schedules and who enjoy change at a moment’s notice.
Cathay Pacific, Emirates etc.
wide body aircraft
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
Best for: Those
who want to travel the globe and don't mind being away from home for long
periods of time.
Regional, Air Canada Jazz, Porter Airlines etc.
on medium sized aircraft
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.
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
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
information about the company
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
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.