How To Be an Airline Flight Attendant

If the excitement of travelling throughout the United States and even around the world by airplane while being of service to the travelling public sounds like your cup of tea, then here's how to get that career as a flight attendant.

The position of flight attendant has gained in respect and responsibility over the past three decades, with attendants no longer considered as just glamorous "stewardesses" but valued crew members necessary for the safe operation of each airline's flight.  Qualifications for a flight attendant position with any of the major U.S.-based air carriers include being at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma and preferably some experience in customer service or a college degree.  Since customer service is a key aspect of the flight attendant's job, candidates with maturity, dependability, dedication and the ability to think fast on one's feet are all essential.

Candidates with customer service experience always have a better chance of landing a flight attendant interview than one who does not. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, French, German or Japanese is also highly desirable, especially if you want to work for an air carrier serving markets in which these languages are predominantly spoken, both in the U.S. and abroad.  Other basic qualifications include U.S. citizenship or registered alien with employment rights in the U.S., along with social security identification and a valid passport.

You must be willing to relocate to accept a flight attendant position, as openings occur at random "hub" cities throughout the U.S. and the world; often these will not be in the city where you are currently residing.

A well-groomed appearance, with weight appropriate to height and no visible tattoos, scars or body piercings are essential to becoming a flight attendant candidate, as flight attendants serve as public relations ambassadors for their airline employers at all times.  Every new hire must also submit to a comprehensive physical examination and background check. Some airlines also have minimum physical requirements for such things as height or vision.

But being accepted for a flight attendant job opening is just the beginning, with most airlines requiring a six-week training period to test an applicant's mental abilities and physical agility. Once you have successfully passed all training exams, you will be tested and evaluated for a short time period serving aboard an actual commercial flight. A final exam which includes an emergency scenario is the final test hurdle to becoming a certified flight attendant.

Once you've earned your wings, you are ready to pack your bags to relocate where you are needed within the airline's system and begin earning an average of $36,000 annually.



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