Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to attend a school or complete an online program before I can apply?
No! The only schooling required for the flight attendant position in the U.S. is a high school diploma or equivalent. It is as simple as meeting the very basic requirements. Once you are selected, you will be trained by your airline in a 3-8 week required, specifically structured training program that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.
I want to be a flight attendant! Where do I start?
Getting started is as simple as meeting the basic requirements like minimum age, height, vision, citizenship and customer service experience. Airlines accept applications and resumes online, some will require that you attend an open interview session in a scheduled location. Current airline hiring information is available on our site, just link to our hiring page. We offer our Flight Attendant Career Test FREE with any purchase from our site. It contains over 50 airline qualifying questions, PLUS the required 24 hour clock. This is a tool this is utilized by nearly all airlines, and it will definitely help you to determine if the career is a good fit for you. Next, view our other Flight Attendant career preparation products and services, including our airline Resume Service, First Class Service and our exclusive Airline Interview Overviews. You must be prepared and "airline ready" to be selected!
What are the requirements to be a flight attendant?
This has been the question we receive more than any other. You should be able to meet the posted qualifications for the airline to which you apply. These usually include:
HEIGHT- Normally the minimum height is between 5'0-5'1 and the maximum ranges between 5'8-6'3. The height requirements are DIFFERENT at every airline. Many airlines do not even have height requirements, but instead require that you be able to reach to a specified vertical height. VISION: Correctable eyewear or contact are allowed to ensure you can meet the corrected vision requirements. WEIGHT: There are NO weight standards at US airlines. You will only be visually assessed and the recruiter is looking for weight in proportion to height. EDUCATION: Only a high school diploma (Or GED) is required. NO prior schooling or training is required. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Some airlines will require some customer service experience. Usually, if you can demonstrate in your interview that you understand and can ensure effective, positive customer service, you are considered qualified. TEN YEAR BACKGROUND CHECK: You must be able to pass a ten year background check, fingerprint and drug screening. MEDICAL EVALUATION/AGILITY TEST: Once selected, some airlines you will undergo a medical physical and agility test to ensure you are in good health and able to perform the duties of an FA.
What will the interview for the flight attendant position be like?
The Flight Attendant interview you will undergo will be much like other job interviews, in terms of requiring that you be professionally dressed, personable and positive throughout the interview. However, there many more applicants competing for every one flight attendant job. This is why your preparation and our guide and services are crucial! Airlines can be highly selective with so many applicants! What sets an airline interview apart from other job interviews is that you will be assessed in areas of personal presentation, customer service work history, your abilities to interact with others, your understanding of customer service, and your overall personality. We teach you to be the applicant that airlines look for. You will usually participate in a group exercise, to let the airline see how you work with others on a task. You will always be asked questions, you will usually be asked to introduce yourself to the group, you may read a sample in-flight announcement aloud or be asked to take a test surveying your comprehension skills. You'll also receive an overview of the company and the career from a representative of the airline. Usually the interview will last at least several hours. The length is again, part of the process to see how you hold up all day, both in terms of personality and professionalism, just as you will need to as a working flight attendant.
Why should I buy your Guide to get hired as a flight attendant?
My life changed dramatically after being hired at American Airlines. I never forgot what an extraordinary gift it was to fly around the world with really fun people and be exposed to so much opportunity, plus be paid! I decided early on in my career to try and help others do the same after realizing that so many people had huge misconceptions about how to get hired. I also know a flight attendant interview is unlike any other type of interview and the right preparation is essential in being selected. I also realized the airline industry was lacking a dependable, trustworthy resource guide for people who really wanted a chance at the career. Since our inception in 1997, we have helped thousands leave a less than exciting work life for an "office with a view" and allowed others to simply fulfill a life long dream. I believe I offer the best resource available on getting hired as a flight attendant and. my readers are success stories, and I look forward to assisting you, too!
What kinds of questions will they ask me at my interview?
Questions at the airline interview are the most important factor for the recruiters as it allows them to get a real glimpse of who you are, what you know about customer service, etc.. The primary focus of the questions will be to see how much you understand customer service. My guide has all of the current questions, over 90 of them, with answers. You need to be ready to give the recruiter the answer they are looking for, because there are right and wrong ways to answer these questions!!!
Some sample questions include:
Question: Why do you want to be a Flight Attendant?
Because I would like the free travel and I like people.
Question: The Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign and while checking the cabin and you notice a child sleeping on the floor by their parents seat. What would you do?
Right answer: I would professionally inform the parents that for safety, the child must be awakened and return to their seat and ensure their seatbelt is fastened.
Question: You are working onboard the aircraft when you are approached by a passenger who tells you he/she cannot sit in the seat they are assigned because of the ethnicity of the other passenger. What do you do?
Wrong answer: Tell
them we do not tolerate prejudice and they will have to take their assigned
I'm over 50, am I too old to be hired as a flight attendant?
You are never too old to begin a flying career. Airlines welcome all applicants and the vast and varied life experience they are able to bring to the job! There is no maximum age requirement in place at US airlines, so you are just never too old to begin applying for a Flight Attendant position!
Am I too young to apply for a flight attendant job?
All airlines have a minimum age requirement, usually between the ages of 18 and 21 years old. The requirement depends on the airline. Once you meet the age requirement along with the other basic requirements, you can begin applying.
I am ready to start! What are my next steps?
First, think about which of our
products and services will be of the most assistance to you, and place your
order. You need to have your resume in hand to apply and you need to be
educated about the airline process and the FA career prior to
have been selected, but I am worried about passing training at my airline.
How can I prepare?
I have seen other websites with services and books like yours, what is that about?
We realize that we are often copied online, and have been for years, but we are real and we are the original! We have been the most trusted, successful flight attendant guide since 1997. We are committed to getting you hired at an airline by offering the very best information available and we really are the only guide that airline recruiters contribute to. PLEASE be careful of scams on the internet, and false products that use our name or copy information from our site in their materials or in their site names. You CANNOT be sure it is genuine unless you purchase from our website or at amazon.com
Which airlines are hiring?
Check our FREE hiring information page often for current opportunities.
I am worried about making a PA announcement in my interview. HELP!
As a working FA, you will address the cabin by PA all the time. Departure, arrival and announcements that pertain to safety are written for you and available in your in-flight manual that is provided for you by your airline. However, many times you will make impromptu announcements for example, delays, special guests on board, etc..without written guidance and many airlines will ask you to perform one in your interview. The airline will usually give you some key pieces of information and then ask you to "announce" it. Probably everyone has at some point imitated a FA onboard announcement! So that is what you need to do. The recruiter is looking for confidence, organization of information and your ability to command attention. Do not speak too fast! Remember, in real time, you would be addressing in some cases, hundreds of passengers, so everyone needs to be able to understand you. Read the information you are given, then follow these key points:
1. Get the attention of the cabin.
Good morning Ladies and Gentleman, if I could have your attention please for just a moment...
2. State the information, be concise and factual.
Today we have on board with us a very special couple, Mr and Mrs. Smith, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. All of us at XYZ Airlines would like to congratulate them on this wonderful occasion and please feel free to offer them your congratulations as well.
3. Close the PA effectively
Thank you again Ladies and Gentleman for your attention and enjoy the rest of your flight.
Another example: Here is your information. The aircraft is delayed due to weather, we will be 15 minutes late, now arriving gate 36, keep the passengers seated, pick up service items, updated connection information is coming.
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, if I could have your attention for just a moment. The Captain has informed me that due to weather in the Atlanta area, our arrival today will be delayed for approximately 15 minutes. We do ask that you remain seated with your seat belts fastened at this time and the Flight Attendants will be also be passing through the cabin to pick up any remaining service items. We are scheduled to arrive today in Atlanta at gate 36, and I will be back shortly with connecting gate information for those of you who have connecting flights today in Atlanta. Thank you for attention.
What is an "open session, or open house" interview?
open hiring sessions allows applicants in most cases to simply show up and
be interviewed. The airlines that conduct these generally do not provide
transportation to the site. It is an investment on the applicants part.
There are many airlines that conduct only open session type interviews.
Will I need a passport in order to begin applying?
Not every airline will require that you already have a passport when you apply, but most will. Some will accept a receipt that you have begun the process. Be sure to carefully check the airline requirements before applying. As a flight attendant, you will be required to have valid passport. Click here for information about the passport application process.
I am not a US citizen, can I apply to a US based airline?
In order to apply to a US based airline, you must be legally able to work in the US and enter and exit the US without restriction. For information on obtaining a work visa click here
Do Flight Attendants and their families really get to fly for free?
Yes. Most travel costs the airline employee nothing. The incredible travel privileges normally extend to the Flight Attendant, spouse, dependent children, parents, life partners, and other extended family members, neighbors and friends. Also, once you become a flight attendant you become eligible for interline travel. You, your family and friends will receive incredible discounts on tickets on nearly every airline in the world, as well as cruise lines, resorts and hotels. It is truly the "hidden paycheck" in the airline business.
I have a past arrest on my record will this disqualify me, and what about traffic violations?
We have many clients who have prior arrests or records and they have been successfully hired as flight attendants. Much of it depends on the type of arrest or conviction. A 10 year background check will be performed on every applicant who is considered for employment.
Will I have to relocate?
Your Flight Attendant career will require some flexibility on your part as new hire flight attendants will be assigned a base after graduating from training. You will be expected to report for duty from that base, but may live wherever you choose and you can commute on your travel passes. A huge number of flight attendants commute to their base city. Also, you will normally be eligible for transfer from your initially assigned base to the base of your choice in a specified time frame set by your airline.
How do I know if my past work history is good enough to get a flight attendant job?
Airlines truly welcome all types of past work experience. Airlines simply want someone who can relate favorably to passengers and colleagues, offer outstanding safety and service and who have positive, outgoing personality. We have successful clients who have been stay at home parents for 20 years, clients who are just out of high school, clients who have enjoyed a variety of short term jobs and clients who have had long careers in completely unrelated fields. As long as you can convey that you understand customer service, you can do it.
The airline that I applied to requires a ten year work history, I can't remember the exact dates and employers for ten years, where can I get help?
All airlines will require a ten year background check for past employment. You can link here to contact the social security administration who can provide you with a complete listing of dates and employers in your history.
IWhat is the schedule of a flight attendant like?
Normally flight attendants are scheduled to work about 13-17 days a month. You will normally work a three day sequence, immediately followed by three or more days off. Many flight attendants utilize all of the time off by beginning second businesses, taking advantage of the incredible travel benefits or spending time with their families, making it truly the most flexible job in the world.
Does the airline pay for the hotel accommodations on layovers?
Yes. The airline pays for a hotel room for each crewmember as well as arranging company paid transportation to and from the hotel. Each trip can be like a mini vacation!
What kind of salary do flight attendants make?
Flight Attendant income varies from airline to airline. The pay ranges from about $13.00-$50.00 per flight hour or more. Most airlines have in place a monthly guarantee which ranges between 65-80 flight hours. The Flight Attendant is paid the guarantee whether he/she actually works those hours or not. Actual pay per hour is dependent upon years of service and any special qualifications the Flight Attendant may have on board the aircraft. Flight Attendants also receive a special per diem for each hour spent away from home. This per diem is in place to cover meals and other expenses. With each year of service comes an increase in salary.
I have a tattoo, will this disqualify me?
It is not uncommon to have a tattoo and airlines recognize that. You may hear questions in your interview about tattoos you may have and how visible they are. Airlines generally do not disqualify an applicant if the tattoo cannot be seen while in uniform. In other words, tattoos on the face, neck, lower arms or hands would probably disqualify you, whereas tattoos that are not visible while in uniform would normally be acceptable.
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