A flight attendant’s job may look very glossy and mesmerizing but there are few ups and downs too. And the fact remains that it’s also a serious business. Apart from serving beverages, snacks, and meals to the passengers, you’ll have to ensure their comfort and safety and work under tight schedule and stressful situations. As the job is not the typical 9-5 kind, you may face early wake up calls too. Unpredictable delays and flight cancellations means you’ll be working on both weekends and holidays. But there are benefits too. Some of the major airlines offer health insurance and retirement benefits to its FAs; the insurance may also cover qualified dependants. You get to see new places free of cost. The FAs get decent travel perks, salary, and are allowed to fly free when off duty. As they spend consecutive hours flying, they’ll work only for 3 to 4 days per week and are off duty the later part of the week. Food and housing are very attractive. Also, some major airlines offer their FAs perks for sightseeing.
A flight attendant’s job is tailor made for someone who is adventurous, who is flexible, who has penchant for the customer service industry, who loves to work in a team, who loves to visit places, who loves to meet new people and learn about new cultures. If you are the one, read on for more information on the recruitment procedures.
The minimum age requirements for FAs differ from Airlines to Airlines. For Jet Airways, the minimum age and maximum age requirement is 18-27 years. For Emirates, the minimum age requirement is not be less than 21 years.
For a FA’s job, height should be generally minimum 4ft 11in and maximum 6ft 3in or minimum 5ft and maximum 6ft 4in. But most Airlines don’t emphasize too much on height, instead they require you to reach certain specified vertical height, sometimes they allow you to stand on the balls of your feet to meet the requirement.
No need to panic. There are no specific weight requirements for a flight attendant. A weight that is proportional to your height would do.
A flight attendant needs to have a 20/30 or 20/40 vision; normal eyesight is 20/20. You can wear glasses or contact lenses to compensate any difficulty with vision.
To look good is a big part of a flight attendant’s life. In some major airlines, you need to meet high standards in appearance. You’ve to look classy, professional, conservative, neat, and clean.
For a FA’s job, you should’ve a good command over English language. Knowing two or more foreign languages is a big edge for you. You need to be a good listener too.
As FA’s work under pressure and stressful situations, you need to be flexible. Customers are the most important people on the flight, ensuring their comfort and safety should be your primary job, and you should be able to put up a brave face during emergency situations.