E-zine Volume XV, Issue #05
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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Ask the Recruiter


I would very much like to become a flight attendant, but I am afraid that I do not qualify. Can you please tell me what the airlines look for in candidates? Thank-you.


This is Part III of our series on minimum qualifications to become a flight attendant. In the last issue, we addressed the issues Weight and Health, Education, and Customer Service requirements. In this issue, we discuss Language skills, Citizenship, Relocation, Appearance, Company Physical and Background Check. If you missed Part I or Part II of this series, you can find them in our ezine archives.

Language Skills

Fluency in a second language, such as French, Spanish, German, Japanese, or Chinese is a major plus in the eyes of flight attendant hiring departments; however, most airlines are only concerned with your ability to speak English. Fluency in English is a must. If you cannot speak English effectively, you won't get hired by a U.S. airline.

Very few airlines require you to be able to speak a second language. Airlines that have a second language preference do so because of certain international destinations. On these routes, a designated Language of Destination/Origin (also called LOD/O - pronounced "low-doe") flight attendant is assigned to the flight. Such positions are usually awarded to senior flight attendants, making these jobs difficult to obtain even for qualified applicants. Pay is also higher for LOD/O qualified flight attendants - approximately $1.50 to $2.00 higher per hour.


Every major U.S. airline requires you to be a U.S. Citizen or registered alien with legal right to accept employment in the U.S., plus the right to travel to and from the countries the airline serves.

You are also required to have a social security card and, in many instances, a passport. If you do not have a passport, it might be a good idea to get one now.


Every major airline requires that you be willing to relocate to any of the listed flight attendant domiciles.


The airlines are very particular about hiring individuals who have a neat and attractive appearance. After all, flight attendants are the only employees to have direct, continuous contact with the traveling public. No matter what the marketing department propagates over the airwaves or in print, flight attendants must look neat and professional in order for the airline to develop an appealing brand identity.

Typically, airlines do not permit visible tattoos, body piercings (save for your ears), long hair on men, "rebellious" hairstyles, bizarre or offensive-looking makeup or jewelry, poorly manicured hands, etc. All airlines are different. For example, some do not even permit facial hair on men! During training, you will be given specific grooming regulations which must be strictly adhered to.

Company Physical and Background Check

If you have thoroughly read through the minimum hiring requirements (above), you may be thinking it would be easy enough to "cheat" a little bit during the application process - maybe say you are a year older or an inch taller than you actually are, or fail to mention that DWI conviction you had three years ago. You do not want to do this, trust us! Airlines have a couple of ways to determine whether applicants have lied on their application about their age, height, past use of drugs, work history, or any other area that would preclude them from landing the job.

Every airline administers a company physical examination to every new-hire. During this exam, an airline is able to detect whether you lied on your application about your height, whether you have a drug or alcohol problem, or whether your past medical history shows anything adverse that would disqualify you from getting the job. Since you are given a urinalysis during this physical, it is very important that you inform the examiners of any medications you might be taking. In addition to the medical exam, there is also a thorough background check. During the background check, which can go back as many as 10 years, virtually everything about you is investigated - your age, place of birth, school records, criminal records (if any), etc. If an airline finds that you lied on your application or you have any sort of criminal record, you will be immediately dismissed.

Email your questions to: asktherecruiter@airlinecareer.com  

Who's Hiring Flight Attendants?
This is a current listing from our website of just a few of the 38 airlines now hiring flight attendants or Inflight Managers. Note: Specific Open House Interviews and Invitation Only Interview locations, dates and airline links are now published and updated on the AirlineCareer.com homepage.

The following airlines are conducting upcoming Flight Attendant Open House Interview(s) in February, 2014 or are accepting online applications and/or resumes for flight atflight attendant or inflight management positions.

Airlines with asterisks (*) have posted Open House Interview dates.
New listings are as of this week.
Want specific dates and locations? Become a member of AirlineCareer.com right now and gain access to the complete 'Who's Hiring' chart on the Members' home page. Expanded information includes dates, locations, interview addresses and reporting times along with other important information. We have recently added five international airlines to our database including those listed below. Multi-national carriers hire flight attendants from most countries.

  • Air Canada Rouge   
  • Air Wisconsin  
  • American 
  • Cathay Pacific (Multinational)
  • Chautauqua*  
  • CommutAir
  • Compass*  
  • Easyjet
  • Emirates*
  • Endeavor Air (Formerly Pinnacle)  
  • Etihad 
  • ExpressJet
  • Frontier*    
  • GoJet 
  • Gulf Air (Multinational)               
  • PSA
  • Qantas UK (International)
  • Qatar* (Multinational)
  • Republic*
  • Ryanair (International)
  • Shuttle America*  
  • Singapore (International)
  • Skywest*       
  • Spirit   
  • US Airways      
  • WestJet      

Where in the World Photo Quiz


Last week's photo quiz answer (right): Cairo, Egypt.  

This week, we are posting a photo (below) of a destination you may visit as a flight attendant. Do you know where it is? The answer will be posted in the next issue.


      grand rapids     





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Ask the Recruiter
Who's Hiring Flight Attendants?
Where in the World



Only 1 out of 100 flight attendant applicants who "go it alone' get hired.


If you are rejected by an airline, you must wait 6 - 12 months to reapply.


The majority of flight attendant applicants have never seen the subject matter covered in new-hire training.


Most airlines require a 90% passing grade on all exams during new hire training.


Only 60% of new-hire flight attendants make it through new-hire training.


Only 50% survive the first year of employment.


Each airline receives an average of 2,500 flight attendant job applications per month.


Delta Airlines recently received over 44,000 job applications for 1,000 flight attendant positions.


Flight attendant recruiters are looking for 21 specific desirable qualities in applicants before hiring them.


Flight attendant interviews contain over 80% of "behavioral" type interview questions.





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