How to become a flight attendant
Have you ever been on a flight and thought to yourself that being a flight attendant would be the ideal job for you? You get to help passengers but more importantly you fly around the world for free while working! While these are core part of the job, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration if you are to pursue a career as a flight attendant.
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Flight attendants have many responsibilities with the main focus being on customer service and attending to the needs of the passengers. A few of the general duties attendants have are greeting people while they are boarding and exiting, helping passengers with luggage, demonstrating safety procedures, serving beverages and food in-flight and helping out with any queries or worries passengers may have.
While each airline varies, in order to be a flight attendant here are some of the basic requirements that most airlines will have:
Applicants need to be between 18 and 55 years of age and hold a valid passport.
Applicants need to be healthy and have good vision. During the interview process there will be appropriate tests to complete in order to assess these areas.
Flight attendants may not have visible tattoos and only tasteful piercings are allowed. Also, because planes have limited aisle space, they will assess whether the applicant fits the height requirement and this often falls somewhere between 5'2" and 5'9". It will also be required that an applicant's weight is in proportion with their height.
For some airlines in the UK, the minimum requirement is to have 4 General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) with grades A-C. Knowing a second language such as Spanish, French, German or sign language will also give you a major advantage over fellow applicants.
If you are still interested and want to apply for a flight attendant position either go to the airlines website and apply online or look in your local paper and see when the airline is having their next "open house interview". As it is an open house, you do not need to make an appointment for an interview. If that goes well, you will receive a follow up interview where you will possibly have to take a personality test, participate in role plays, answer written and video tests and fulfill other requirements they may have.
This is then followed by airline training courses which last for roughly a month. Here, potential attendants learn first aid, safety courses, customer service and many other subjects all of which will need to be passed in order to qualify as a flight attendant.