These days the requirements to be cabin crew are somewhat rigorous. It used to be that little girls dreamed of being an “air hostess” when they grew up, but today we don’t even use that term anymore, and there’s also a very good chance that your flight attendant will be male. If you dream of taking to the skies and working in a customer service role, check out these requirements to be cabin crew (they are general and not specific to any particular airline, and will vary according to carrier).
One of the first requirements to be cabin crew is obviously having a valid passport that allows for traveling worldwide, without any restrictions, so that you can legally enter any country serviced by the airline. Airlines that operate internationally often accept all nationalities as cabin crew, but you still must have an up to date passport from your country of residence.
The minimum age to become cabin crew is usually 18, but some airlines may have a higher threshold, such as 19 or even 21. The maximum age is 54 with most airlines, but there are some that have a different max limit than this.
Having great health is one of the most important requirements to be cabin crew, and you will have to undergo a thorough medical examination if you want to apply for such a job. Furthermore, note that you must be free of all narcotics, hallucinogens, street drugs, stimulant medications and depressants.
While the minimum prerequisite to be cabin crew when it comes to education is to have a high school diploma, more and more airlines are looking for people with a college degree. Majoring in fields like psychology, sociology, communication or PR is a big plus, since such a job requires great interpersonal skills.
5. Second Language
Nowadays, knowing a second language besides English is highly beneficial when applying to become cabin crew. Spanish, French, German, Swedish or even Japanese are just some of the languages that will come in handy.
6. Body Proportions
Though you might not necessarily be measured or weighed, most airlines will check at least visually if your weight and height are proportionate. You know how small airplane aisles are, and as cabin crew, you will have to be able to move freely and quickly – especially in case of emergency – and easily reach the equipment carried on-board. Therefore, you will have to be weight and height proportionate and physically fit. What's more, most carriers require you to be no taller than 6'3" and no shorter than 5'2".
7. Ability to Swim
If you want to become cabin crew, it is essential that you know how to swim – and do it well. In most cases, you will have to demonstrate that you can swim minimum 25 meters without any help, but some airlines require even more – up to 30 meters.
8. First Aid Certificate
Not all airlines ask for a first aid certificate as one of the minimum requirements to be cabin crew, since they will usually provide their own training. However, such a certificate can give you a great advantage over the other candidates for the job.
9. Experience in Customer Service
The customer's well-being is the first priority for any airline, and thus flight carriers look to hire cabin crew who have experience in customer service positions and who enjoy working with people.
10. Flexibility regarding Work Schedule
Another one of the important requirements to become cabin crew is willingness to work unsocial hours and even holidays and weekends. What's more, you must expect to be always on the move and be able to be away from home for up to 5 days in a row.
Whatever changes the profession has gone through in the last couple of decades hasn’t reduced its position as a dream job. These were just the basics of what you need to consider if you want to work on airplanes. Carriers will have their own qualifications for cabin crew and some may include quite strenuous tests during the recruitment process. Did you dream of flying around the world when you were young or is it still your ambition now?