People seem to have a fascination with the aviation world, and I don’t blame them! It’s definitely an exciting career and when people find out I’m a flight attendant, I often get bombarded with questions about my day to day life! I thought it might be fun to answer some of the questions I get asked the most frequently!
How do you become a flight attendant?
This is by far the question I get asked the most and unfortunately there is no easy answer! While qualifications for the position vary per company, the thing I tell people, which I think is pretty standard across the board, is to learn a second language! Or a third! With airlines flying people from all over the world, having flight attendants that speak multiple languages is a massive asset. Another thing I recommend is persistence! If you don’t hear back or don’t get hired the first time, don’t get discouraged! Keep trying and showing you’re interested! Airlines get thousands of applications every month but if it’s something you know you definitely want to do, keep at it!
Do you need training?
This is a follow up to the previous question and while I can’t speak to all airlines, my company will train you when you get hired. I know there are “flight attendant” courses and classes out there, I can’t say how effective they are or if they help with applications as I have no experience with them. What I would recommend is getting as much customer service experience as possible and start learning that second language!
How long is the training and is it hard?
I think the standard for training is around 4 weeks of and yes it is difficult and intense. There are MANY aspects included in flight attendant training that range from fire fighting skills, first aid, evacuation drills etc. It is, above all else, a safety position. There is so much more to know than just pouring drinks and pointing out exits!
How does the schedule work?
I am very fortunate to have a super flexible schedule at my company. We work anywhere from 15-17 days on with 13-15 days off. You can work a 4 days on 4 days off type of thing or even work 2 weeks on 2 weeks off! It’s really up to you! Our work days range from 1-6 flights a day (yikes!) and up to 14 hours a day. We work very long days for sure which is why we have so much down time!
How do the layovers work?
Our layovers range from minimum rest (9 hours at the hotel) to sometimes having 24-48 hours to explore! My favourite layovers are the Hawaii ones (of course!) and no we don’t pay for our own hotels or have to share hotel rooms. 🙂
How long have you been doing it and do you get sick of it?
I’ve been a flight with my company for 9 years which is so crazy but they’re right, time does fly when you’re having fun! As for getting sick of it, of course there are times when I just want to stay home or think of trying something else. When I have those days, I weigh the pros and cons and the pros always outweigh the cons! This job is pretty sweet and the perks are way too amazing to give up.
(Speaking of perks!) Do you get to fly for free?
Well… yes basically! (Don’t hate me!) We pay a small amount to fly standby on our own airline. What a lot of people don’t know is that we can fly for that super discounted rate on many other airlines! It’s kind of surreal knowing I can show up at the airport, jump on almost any flight on any airline and head somewhere! The world truly is at my fingertips which is the main reason I do what I do!
(And last but not least!) Do you catch people doing it in the washroom?
Sadly, I get asked this all the time! Yes it happens. No I haven’t seen it and people… just don’t. Those bathrooms are disgusting!
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