Because this job requires moving around and standing, flight attendants should be in decent physical shape. They may be on their feet for long periods in a cramped space and will need to be able to help people move overhead luggage, manage equipment like food carts, and operate emergency exits. There are usually a number of additional requirements related to age and physical condition for flight attendant positions. Airlines often require certain age, height and weight restrictions. Additionally, employers place high standards on physical appearance, hygiene and grooming. Airlines also conduct medical screenings and background checks of prospective hires. Being an airline attendant means not having a regular 9-to-5 office job. They work nights, weekends and holidays, and may switch shifts frequently. Flight attendants usually work 12-to-14-hour shifts, but may work longer for international flights. However, flight attendants will get at least a nine-hour break in between flights, as mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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At my airline, I submitted an online application. A few months later I was asked to come to their headquarters for a group interview. The group consists of many applicants. They told us what the job was really about and had us all do a few tasks as they observed us. Also, for some that day, they also conducted a few individual one-on-one interviews. A few months later, I was invited to go through training. Airlines typically train their own flight attendants. There is no need to go to "flight attendant school" or program elsewhere because each airline has their own ways of doing things and use specific airplanes designed to their specifications. After a month of training, I was finally flying for the airline about 10 months after I first submitted my online application. So...it may take a while!
The position may be very competitive as for many people would like to do this job. If you are really serious about doing this, I would suggest doing ANY job for the airline you would like to work at. And then, if a flight attendant position opens up at that airline, you may have a chance of moving into that position before they offer it to the general public. Also, it's really great to see what it's like working a different position at an airline before becoming a flight attendant because it helps your perspective of the overall picture.
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Flight attendants must also meet specific physical requirements. Airlines typically have minimum and maximum heights. They also require attendants to be able to sit in a jump seat and complete a range of physical tasks, like pushing, pulling, bending, and lifting with reasonable accommodation.
You will also need to pass a background check and a pre-employment drug screening. Visible tattoos are typically not allowed unless they can be concealed with makeup.