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How to Have a Career as a Flight attendant

If you have dreams of reaching new heights, these tips will help guide you down the runway toward takeoff.


  • Step 1: Get appropriate degrees and experience Get a high school diploma or equivalent. Some airlines require a college degree, and others require two or three years of customer service experience.
  • Step 2: Meet age and height requirements Determine whether you meet the minimum age and height requirements for the airline. Most airlines require you to be 21-years old and at least five feet tall.
  • TIP: Most U.S. airlines require your weight to be proportional to your height.
  • Step 3: Apply to a variety of airlines Apply to every airline that you are interested in working for. Job postings can be found on the airlines’ websites.
  • Step 4: Complete an interview and enter training program Complete a job interview, and, if you are hired, enroll in the airline’s formal training program.
  • Step 5: Obtain FAA certification Receive a Certificate of Demonstrated Profiency from the Federal Aviation Administration for completing formal training.
  • Step 6: Relocate, if necessary Relocate to your assigned base, and be prepared to watch your career take flight.
  • FACT: Did you know? Flight attendants fly between 65 and 90 hours every month.

You Will Need

  • A high school diploma
  • Age and height requirements
  • Formal training
  • FAA certification
  • A college degree (optional)
  • Customer service experience (optional)

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