Things you must have to be a crew.

Airlines/company expectations from candidates

  1. 1.Appearance –  Height and arm reach

Most airlines require flight attendants to be between 5’2 and 6’2 in height (without shoes), and sometimes slightly taller for male flight attendants. Some require a specific “arms reach” height, such as with Etihad which says cabin crew must be “able to reach 210cm without shoes”, while Emirates flight attendants must have an “arms reach of 212cm while standing on tiptoes”.

British Airways’ (BA) detailed “functionality” requirement says its flight attendants must have a “vertical functional reach of at least 2.01 meters (6 feet 7 inches), i.e. when you are standing with your feet flat against the floor, the fist on your dominant arm—when fully extended— is at least 6 feet 7 inches above the ground”

Height Requirements Indigo, Spicejet , Vistara – 155CM (female )

  1. 2.Weight and body mass index (BMI)

Airlines generally require flight attendants to be “in proportion to your height”. What might be considered a “healthy weight” may be determined by your body mass index.

“BMI is used to calculate weight – one’s body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of one’s body height in meters. BMI = body weight (kg) divided by the square of height (m). A BMI = 19-24.9 is considered satisfactory”, the airline states.

  1. 3.A body mass index (BMI) calculator CREDIT: ALAMY

Last year, Air India warned 600 of its 3,500 crew to lose weight within six months or risk being taken off flights. The airline announced plans to remove nearly 130 workers from cabin crew duty because their BMI levels remain above the prescribed limit.

The airline said that the “normal” BMI for an air hostess is between 18 and 22, “overweight” between 22 and 27, and “obese” for a value above 27. For male attendants, the brackets were 18 to 25, 25 to 30, and above. The NHS says a “healthy” BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.

  1. 4.Nostril hairs, teeth and other physical features

Several airlines are reported to have specific guidelines for the physical appearance of their cabin crew, such as American Airlines which is said to advise that: “Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed”.

Good teeth and oral hygiene also make the list of requirements for American Airlines, which says: “Teeth should present a clean, natural appearance. Employees must have a full frontal complement of teeth. Dental retainers must be gum toned or clear. Braces should be clear or silver.” Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air says: “Good oral hygiene should be practiced to ensure that the teeth present a clean, natural appearance. Breath sprays and mints are encouraged.”

  1. 5.Tattoos and piercings, scars, marks

Most airlines do not allow any tattoos or piercings visible when the cabin crews are wearing their uniforms and most, such as BA, Emirates and Etihad, Spicejet, Indigo, Vistara do not allow any visible tattoos to be covered with cosmetics, plasters or even jewelry, as cabin crew are expected to have “excellent personal presentation, style and image”.

“You will be required to remove any items from your tongue for training and duty. Tattoos are not permitted on wrists. Watches must be of a discreet design with either a small silver or gold metal bracelet, or brown/black leather strap” the airline said.

  1. 6.Hair and makeup

Airlines generally require flight attendants to have a “groomed look that meets conventional standard.

“For women, you will need to have a styled look with hair and makeup that would be appropriate in a professional environment and complements our uniform. For men, your hair must meet a conventional style which is appropriate for a professional environment, shaven or sculptured styles and long hair are not permitted. Dyed hair must be of a natural color for both men and women.”

Hairstyles may not be more than three inches in fullness and may not wave or curl outward to extreme volume” unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks.”

As for makeup, “male flight attendants may not wear make-up” on United Airlines flights, while

“Lipstick or gloss are required and should complement the facial features. Lip liner should be used in moderation” by Allegiant Air flight attendants.

“Makeup should be freshened as necessary, but never in view of the customer” American Airlines believes. 

  1. 7.      Physical strength and health

Flight attendants with Canada’s WestJet “must successfully pass a functional assessment and must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist and 22 pounds overhead”.

Air New Zealand believes “good health is essential and if you progress through the selection process, you will be required to undertake a medical examination” while Etihad warns all flight attendants must be “willing to comply with UAE and GCAA visa, medical and health- screening requirements”.

Alaska Airlines is said to require prospective flight attendants/ applicants to be free of all nicotine use for at least six months prior to submitting an application

Value Additions

1.) Swimming skills

Flight attendants for different airlines must be able to swim at least around 20 meters (i.e. Ryanair). EasyJet’s cabin crew must be able to swim 25 meters without any assistance and tread water for at least a minute. Etihad says applicants must be “confident in water and be able to swim with the aid of a flotation device”.

2.) Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Hindi and English

Communication: – The imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. Random House Dictionary

The effectiveness of communication – Ability to solve problems – Productivity – Level of stress – Relationships with others – Ability to meet your goals and achieve your dreams – Level of satisfaction with your life.

3.) Confidence – Knowledge, the way you carry, 

Building Confidence. … Positive thinking, practice, training, knowledge and talking to other people are all useful ways to help improve or boost your confidence levels. 

Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of your body and mind (your self-esteem) and belief in your own ability, skills and experience.

4.) Attitude-You act the way you think… So think the way you want to be _ cabin crew

In psychology, an attitude refers to a set of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors toward a particular object, person, thing, or event. Attitudes are often the result of experience or upbringing, and they can have a powerful influence over behavior.

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