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7 Weird Requirements To Work As A Flight Attendant ...

To be a flight attendant means you have to meet some very specific requirements from your height and your weight to the number of tattoos you have on your body.


Being a flight attendant seems like a pretty cool job. If you get to fly all over the world, meet people from all walks of life, and dress up every day in a spiffy uniform. but there’s a hidden side to the airline industry that most people aren’t aware of.

To be a flight attendant means you have to meet some very specific requirements from your height and your weight to the number of tattoos you have on your body.

Just wait until you hear one airline rule when it comes to good dental hygiene you don’t want to miss it.

1- The overhead bin tests

The overhead bins are more than just storage compartments for your carry-on luggage.

Reports claim that male colleagues of a Chinese airline would force female flight attendants to participate in the bizarre ritual as a form of initiation.

Sometimes they would even shut the doors on the women and keep them trapped inside the Binz.

When the airline caught wind of the photos, they released a public apology.

They wanted the world to know that they didn’t condone any type of hazing between their employees.

They also vowed to discipline everyone who had been involved in that type of behavior.

Many people would like to believe that rituals like this one don’t happen at airlines across the globe.

But we wouldn’t be surprised as many flight attendants for other companies have their own secret form of initiation.


The airline industry is one place where they’re allowed to hire individuals solely based on their physical attributes.

When it comes to being a flight attendant, people who are really short or extremely tall cannot apply.

In fact, most airlines have a minimum height requirement of 5 feet 2 inches tall and a maximum height of 6 feet 2 inches tall without shoes.

There are some really good reasons why most airlines have these very specific height requirements in place.

Flight attendants need to be at least 5 feet 2 inches in order to reach high spaces and to secure the overhead bins prior to a flight.

But some airlines will actually hire people who are as short as 5 feet tall without shoes on.

When it comes to very tall attendants, having a height of more than 6 feet 2 inches means they’ll probably have difficulty moving through the cabin especially on smaller planes with low ceilings.

There are some airlines that don’t have height requirements at all, but they do require their attendants to have a certain arm reach.

For example, the Dubai-based airline Emirates requires its flight attendants to be able to reach 212 centimeters in the air while standing on their tiptoes.

3-Strict rules for women

This next requirement is something that’s very controversial in the airline world.

For stewardesses who are married, they shouldn’t even bother applying to work for Qatar Airways.

This airline also requires its female flight attendants to remain single for the first five years of their employment.

If a female attendant wants to get married during that five year period, they have to ask permission from the company before they actually tie the knot.

The airline also had a rule that required all female attendants to notify them the second they found out they were pregnant.

Being pregnant was considered a breach of their employment contracts, so many expectant mothers wound up getting fired.

As we’re sure you can imagine the airline caught a lot of heat for their employment demands, but the CEO of the company wasn’t budging at first.

He expected all of the company’s attendants to abide by the rules and never complain.

But Qatar Airways has finally had a change of heart when it comes to pregnant attendants.

Instead of immediately firing them and giving them the boot, they’re now allowing them to work temporary jobs on the ground and away from the planes until their babies are born.

4-Visible tattoos and piercings

Maybe jobs across the globe have a very strict policy when it comes to body modifications like piercings and tattoos.

The airline industry is one place where these things are definitely frowned upon.

If you want to be a flight attendant, but you have a tattoo on the top of your hand, your chances of getting hired are slim to none.

At British Airways, they don’t mind if you have tattoos as long as the ink is invisible on your body and can’t be seen through the uniform.

They also don’t allow their attendants to cover up their tattoos using makeup.

For those who have tattoos on their feet, they need not apply to this airline at all. They ask that all their attendants wear a style of shoe that’s called ‘’classic cork’’.

It exposes the top and sides of the feet so hiding a tattoo in those areas would be almost impossible.

But that’s not all. Piercings other than the ears are also not permitted.

As ridiculous as these rules may sound they won’t be changing anytime soon.

If you’re thinking about applying to be a flight attendant one day but you have a pretty cool nose piercing.

You’ll have to take the piercing out if you want to be a part of an airline crew.

5- Survival training

Airlines hope that their crew members never have to experience a terrifying situation while they are on the flights.

But training and preparation for an unexpected disaster are always crucial.

Many airlines have their own forms of survival training that all attendants must pass with flying colors.

But the training session with ti M airlines is one of the most realistic and grueling.

Flight attendants of this airline are required to travel to the company’s Salle Paulo, Brazil training facility for an extensive lesson on how to survive in case of an emergency.

However, learning how to do fun tasks like working the ticket counter and operating the front gate.

The new employees are taken into the jungle to put their survival skills to the test.

In the unfortunate event that a plane goes down and crashes attendants are taught exactly what to do.

They learn how to gather wreckage from the plane to build shelter and how to release emergency flares to signal for help.

The attendants are also trained on how to get the whole crew and all the passengers rescued in a timely manner.

Being a flight attendant is a serious business, and it’s their job to make sure everyone is taken care of at all times.

Hopefully, none of the TA Marylyn flight attendants will need to put their survival training to use.

But if the situation arises they’ll have all the skills and knowledge needed to make sure everyone on board is safe and sound.


If you’ve ever flown on an airplane we are sure you’ve noticed just how well put together the flight attendants were.

Attendants on most airlines are flawlessly grooms from head to toe because it’s a major part of their job to look perfect.

Most airlines actually require their employees to have a groom to look that meets a conventional standard.

At British Airways female attendants must-have hair and makeup that’s suitable for a professional environment.

Their look should also compliment the airline’s uniform for men, they have the same requirements.

The only difference is they aren’t allowed to have long hair and their facial hair must be shaved and tidy at all times.

Men and women both must-have natural hair colors so pink and purple streaks are a major no-no.

At American Airlines, they’re a bit more strict when it comes to the way their attendants look.

For women, they aren’t allowed to have a hairstyle that’s more than 3 inches in fullness.

They also aren’t allowed to curl or wave their hair outward to give it more volume. At Hawaiian Airlines they won’t accept any attendants that have dreadlocks, cornrows, or Mohawks.

7- Jewelry

There’s a good reason why you’ve probably never seen a flight attendant all decked out in jewels.

Many airlines have rules against the amount of jewelry their attendants can wear.

If you’re a fan of getting all blinged out and dripping in diamonds from head to toe maybe being an airline attendant isn’t the right job for you.

At United Airlines, their in-flight employees are able to wear a total of four rings in total, with no more than two rings on each hand.

If you think that’s pretty strict, just wait, it gets better.

At British Airways, they’re very picky about accessories, even the types of watches their employees wear.

The watch must be small in size with a very discreet and unassuming design.

The watch can only be made of silver or gold, and the bracelet of the watch can only be made of metal or a brown or black leather strap.

At JetBlue airlines, they’re not as uptight when it comes to jewelry, all they ask is the accessories their attendants wear don’t clash with the airline’s uniform.

But of courseScience Articles, an excessive amount of jewelry would never be tolerated.

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