Flight Attendant/Cabin Crew Career – Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Have you always dreamed of becoming one of the cabin crew members on board a flight, but you were unsure whether you fit the requirements? Maybe you have some other questions that relate to a career in the skies?

We‘ll try to answer some of the most searched questions on various search platforms and the questions we get asked on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CabinCrewJobsAviationCV/!

So, let’s start!

Do Cabin Crew members need a passport?

Absolutely. In order to travel throughout various countries, you need a passport.

And since you will travel throughout many countries while working in the air, a passport is a must.

What‘s the minimum age requirement to work as a Flight Attendant?

The minimal age is 18. In some countries or more prestigious airlines the age limit might be higher – you have to be at least 21 years old. But usually, the minimum age requirement is for you to be 18.

Do you need a college degree to start working as a Cabin Crew member?

No, you only need a high school diploma, which is a must. However, as you advance further in your career and you attempt to become maybe the manager of flight crews, a college or university diploma will definitely help you out. It depends on your future goals, but a university or college degree won‘t hurt anybody.

Do you need courses prior to joining an airline?

Not every time. It really depends on the airline that you‘re joining, but some airlines do provide training to people that have not got any certificate or experience working as a flight attendant.

For example, low-cost carriers like Ryanair or Wizz Air that are always on the lookout for people, offer flight attendant courses for free, but you‘re bound to work for the airline for a certain amount of time.

You also have the option to attend the courses independently at facilities like BAA Training.

Can you have tattoos when working as a Flight Attendant?

No visible tattoos. That means that your neck, head, hands, wrists, legs below the knees have to be completely clean from any tattoos.

While there is nothing wrong with having tattoos, some cultures or people do not take lightly to a tattoo. So, it‘s better for the airlines to prevent any PR disasters from happening beforehand. As a result, airlines do not employ Flight Attendants with visible tattoos.

Can I cover up my tattoos as a Flight Attendant?

You can, but some airlines during your interview or recruitment process directly ask you if you have any tattoos. However, some airlines do not allow any coverups.

So, you have to convince the recruiters that you will cover up your tattoo and you‘re a one-of-a-kind candidate and maybe you will have a chance of working as a Flight Attendant.

What are the height requirements for A Cabin Crew member?

You should be at least 158 centimeters (5.2 ft) tall. The main purpose of this requirement is your arms reach, which also should be at least 210 centimeters (6.10 ft), as you have to unload luggage from the overhead compartments or shut them close.

If you can‘t reach them, well – you can‘t do your job as a Cabin Crew!

Can I work as a Flight Attendant and not know how to swim?

Unfortunately, there is no way around this. Safety requirements dictate that you are able to swim at least 25 meters unassisted. While a situation where your swimming skills would be put to use are very rare, but when they do happen – it‘s very important that a Flight Attendant knows how to swim.