Not everyone can just start a career as a flight attendant. Before an airline looks at your actual application, it will first make sure that you meet the strict requirements they have set for the job.
Speaking in general, these are the most common requirements for a job as a flight attendant:
- Not too young (mostly starting from 18-21 years old)
- At least a High School / GED / GCSE Diploma (for most airlines)
- Being friendly, service minded and well groomed
- No visible tattoos or piercings while wearing uniform
- Height within a specific range, (mostly) somewhere between 4’11” and 6’3” (without shoes) in order to reach in overhead bins and galley compartments to retrieve emergency equipment.
- Physically fit in order to pass applicable training programs, including being able to open aircraft doors, lift emergency window exits (approx. 40 lbs.), assist with carry-on luggage stowage, push meal & beverage carts
- Body size cannot exceed specific aircraft dimensions (example: jumpseat harness without modification, cabin aisle and emergency exits)
- Ability to hear, read, writes, and fluently speak and understand the English language
- Minimum 20/40 vision, corrected or uncorrected
- Being able to swim well
- The right to live and work in the country of your base
- Being able to reach your base within (mostly) 60-120 minutes on certain days
- Physically fit, well groomed and practice good hygiene and etiquette
- Able to work nights, weekends, holidays and extended hours
- Willing to relocate based on the company's operation needs
Am I too old to become a flight attendant?
- No! If you meet the requirements, there is no reason for you not to apply! Times are over when airlines only hired young flight attendants. Being experienced in life and other jobs can actually be a huge advantage!
See "Airlines" for more detailed information per airline.