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31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Merlissa(f): 9:12am On Feb 04, 2016
Flight attendants are known for always looking put together. But their standards are way stricter than putting on lipstick and tucking in their shirts. From restrictions on body hair to nail color and even to eating in public, flight attendants have to deal with some pretty crazy rules and regulations. Cosmopolitan.com tracked down the requirements some airlines have for prospective flight attendants to even apply, and the appearance-standard handbooks of different airlines once they get the job. Here are some of the strictest, most intense, and most weirdly specific rules:


When Applying for the Job

1. "Physical features: Pleasing personality, clear complexion (scars, pimples and blemishes not acceptable) and good eyesight" —Jet Airways

2. "Arm reach of 212 cm [83 inches] while standing on tiptoes" —Emirates

3. "At least 2 years of customer or community service experience required" —Alaska Airlines

4. "Tattoos on the feet are not permitted, as they cannot be concealed. All shoes must be of the classic court style, which leaves the top and side of the foot exposed. The maximum permitted hosiery density is 15 denier and does not cover up tattoos." —British Airways

5. "We require applicants to be free of all nicotine use for at least 6 months prior to submitting an application." —Alaska Airlines

6. "Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion" —Ryan Air

7. "A tongue piercing is not permitted. You will be required to remove any items from your tongue for training and duty." —British Airways

8. "Tattoos are not permitted on wrists. Watches must be of a discreet design with either a small silver or gold metal bracelet, or brown/black leather strap." —British Airways

9. "Marital Status: Unmarried" —Jet Airways (Note: The unmarried status is only a standard for "inexperienced" crew; people applying as "experienced" cabin crew can be married.)

10. "Must successfully pass a functional assessment — must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist and 22 pounds overhead" —WestJet

11. "BMI — Body Mass Index is used to calculate weight — one's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of one's body height in metres: BMI = body weight (kg) divided by square of height (m). BMI = 19–24.9 is considered satisfactory" —Czech Airlines

(Context: Someone who is 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds would have a BMI of 25.7, so would not meet the requirements. Czech Airlines' page reads, "Your weight and height are recorded in order to see that you comply with the requirements." So if your BMI falls out of that range, you're out of luck.)

Once You Get the Job

12. "A total of four rings may be worn, with no more than two on each hand." —United Airlines

13. "Hands and nails should be kept well groomed at all times, with nail length not exceeding an eighth of an inch beyond the finger tip." —Hawaiian Airlines

14. "Don't wear accessories that clash with your uniform." —JetBlue

15. "Lipstick or gloss are required and should complement the facial features. Lip liner should be used in moderation" —Allegiant Air

16. "Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed." —American Airlines

17. "Teeth should present a clean, natural appearance. Employees must have a full frontal complement of teeth. Dental retainers must be gum toned or clear. Braces should be clear or silver." —American Airlines

18. "Whilst in Uniform, staff members must not: slouch, cross or fold arms; walk or stand with hands in pockets." —Regional Express Pty Limited

19. "Unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks." —Hawaiian Airlines

20. "Length [of skirt] may not exceed 1 inch above or 1 inch below the crease of the back of the knee." —United Airlines

21. "Don't tie your sweater around your waist; it can be worn around your shoulders." —JetBlue

22. "Good oral hygiene should be practiced to ensure that the teeth present a clean, natural appearance. Breath sprays and mints are encouraged. No oral jewelry is allowed to be worn while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

23. "Hoop earrings are permitted and may be no larger than 1½ inches in diameter and/or ½ inch wide on the surface." —Hawaiian Airlines

24. "Makeup should be freshened as necessary, but never in view of the customer." —American Airlines

25. "Mustaches may not extend more than ¼ inch below the sides of the mouth." —United Airlines

26. "[For men] Trendy facial hair styles are not permitted (e.g., small patch of hair growing below lower lip)." —United Airlines

27. "Males may not wear earrings or studs in ears while on duty or anytime while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

28. "[Fingernails] May be no longer than ½ inch measured from the fingertip and should be even in length and shape." —United Airlines

29. "Male flight attendants may not wear make-up." —United Airlines

30. "Hairstyles may not be more than three inches in fullness and may not wave or curl outward to extreme volume." —American Airlines

31. "When leaning forward, restrained hair should remain neat and off the face. A single ponytail may be secured behind the ears and centered on the back of the head. The ponytail should be no higher than the tops of the ears and no longer than the tops of the shoulders." —JetBlue


Do you still want to be flight attendant??

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Mutuwa(m): 9:14am On Feb 04, 2016
some one has to do the job.

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Cutehector(m): 9:18am On Feb 04, 2016
The people who make this rules, tell me when last they observed all these rules.

Nonsense...

Well it all boils down to courtesy and etiquette, something some flight attendants workin for airways in Nigeria lack.
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Prodigee: 9:18am On Feb 04, 2016
Okay
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Inioluwa01(m): 9:22am On Feb 04, 2016
Little wonder you termed the requirements insane. They really are INSANE. They should just place orders online for Angels from paradise nah....mtcheww!Not even in this Era where flight mishaps is the order of the day...person go get luck meet all these requirements finish(don't know how possible though), con go crash inside ocean or worse, disappear sef.

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by faites(f): 9:22am On Feb 04, 2016
U bet. All those rules just described the natural me. So, Is any airline looking for attendants?
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by yungchief(m): 9:29am On Feb 04, 2016
Mtcheeeew
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Eve62(f): 9:29am On Feb 04, 2016
boy o boy!
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by iamclime(m): 10:41am On Feb 04, 2016
WOULD STILL WORK FOR AN AIRLINE IF I WANT TO. RULES ARE MADE TO BE KEPT BY THOSE FOR WHOM THEY WERE MADE!
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Aremu01(m): 11:13am On Feb 04, 2016
Insane indeed
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Inioluwa01(m): 11:33am On Feb 04, 2016
faites:
U bet. All those rules just described the natural me. So, Is any airline looking for attendants?

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Qualer: 12:59pm On Feb 04, 2016
faites:
U bet. All those rules just described the natural me. So, Is any airline looking for attendants?

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by falseman(m): 2:15pm On Feb 04, 2016
Our local flight attendants looks mean most of the time
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by cahrym(m): 4:22pm On Feb 04, 2016
To copy this tune press 1
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Ramanto(m): 5:56pm On Feb 04, 2016
Let them go get clay and mold their own staff! Yeye people
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by tpiar: 6:20pm On Feb 04, 2016
Mutuwa:
some one has to do the job.

True.
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Missmossy(f): 6:49pm On Feb 04, 2016
Truly they are insane, robots should be created then grin
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Ishilove: 6:52pm On Feb 04, 2016
No big deal here. They are all simple rules that can be adhered to
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by AyamConfidence(m): 6:57pm On Feb 04, 2016
Easy to keep if the applicant has sense but that job is definitely not for me cos i dont wanna get lost or die in one ocean....its a nice job though...i believe say money dey am
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by Bishiie(m): 12:35am On Feb 05, 2016
faites:
U bet. All those rules just described the natural me. So, Is any airline looking for attendants?
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by khassy(m): 7:12am On Feb 05, 2016
Merlissa:

Flight attendants are known for always looking put together. But their standards are way stricter than putting on lipstick and tucking in their shirts. From restrictions on body hair to nail color and even to eating in public, flight attendants have to deal with some pretty crazy rules and regulations. Cosmopolitan.com tracked down the requirements some airlines have for prospective flight attendants to even apply, and the appearance-standard handbooks of different airlines once they get the job. Here are some of the strictest, most intense, and most weirdly specific rules:


When Applying for the Job

1. "Physical features: Pleasing personality, clear complexion (scars, pimples and blemishes not acceptable) and good eyesight" —Jet Airways

2. "Arm reach of 212 cm [83 inches] while standing on tiptoes" —Emirates

3. "At least 2 years of customer or community service experience required" —Alaska Airlines

4. "Tattoos on the feet are not permitted, as they cannot be concealed. All shoes must be of the classic court style, which leaves the top and side of the foot exposed. The maximum permitted hosiery density is 15 denier and does not cover up tattoos." —British Airways

5. "We require applicants to be free of all nicotine use for at least 6 months prior to submitting an application." —Alaska Airlines

6. "Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion" —Ryan Air

7. "A tongue piercing is not permitted. You will be required to remove any items from your tongue for training and duty." —British Airways

8. "Tattoos are not permitted on wrists. Watches must be of a discreet design with either a small silver or gold metal bracelet, or brown/black leather strap." —British Airways

9. "Marital Status: Unmarried" —Jet Airways (Note: The unmarried status is only a standard for "inexperienced" crew; people applying as "experienced" cabin crew can be married.)

10. "Must successfully pass a functional assessment — must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist and 22 pounds overhead" —WestJet

11. "BMI — Body Mass Index is used to calculate weight — one's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of one's body height in metres: BMI = body weight (kg) divided by square of height (m). BMI = 19–24.9 is considered satisfactory" —Czech Airlines

(Context: Someone who is 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds would have a BMI of 25.7, so would not meet the requirements. Czech Airlines' page reads, "Your weight and height are recorded in order to see that you comply with the requirements." So if your BMI falls out of that range, you're out of luck.)

Once You Get the Job

12. "A total of four rings may be worn, with no more than two on each hand." —United Airlines

13. "Hands and nails should be kept well groomed at all times, with nail length not exceeding an eighth of an inch beyond the finger tip." —Hawaiian Airlines

14. "Don't wear accessories that clash with your uniform." —JetBlue

15. "Lipstick or gloss are required and should complement the facial features. Lip liner should be used in moderation" —Allegiant Air

16. "Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed." —American Airlines

17. "Teeth should present a clean, natural appearance. Employees must have a full frontal complement of teeth. Dental retainers must be gum toned or clear. Braces should be clear or silver." —American Airlines

18. "Whilst in Uniform, staff members must not: slouch, cross or fold arms; walk or stand with hands in pockets." —Regional Express Pty Limited

19. "Unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks." —Hawaiian Airlines

20. "Length [of skirt] may not exceed 1 inch above or 1 inch below the crease of the back of the knee." —United Airlines

21. "Don't tie your sweater around your waist; it can be worn around your shoulders." —JetBlue

22. "Good oral hygiene should be practiced to ensure that the teeth present a clean, natural appearance. Breath sprays and mints are encouraged. No oral jewelry is allowed to be worn while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

23. "Hoop earrings are permitted and may be no larger than 1½ inches in diameter and/or ½ inch wide on the surface." —Hawaiian Airlines

24. "Makeup should be freshened as necessary, but never in view of the customer." —American Airlines

25. "Mustaches may not extend more than ¼ inch below the sides of the mouth." —United Airlines

26. "[For men] Trendy facial hair styles are not permitted (e.g., small patch of hair growing below lower lip)." —United Airlines

27. "Males may not wear earrings or studs in ears while on duty or anytime while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

28. "[Fingernails] May be no longer than ½ inch measured from the fingertip and should be even in length and shape." —United Airlines

29. "Male flight attendants may not wear make-up." —United Airlines

30. "Hairstyles may not be more than three inches in fullness and may not wave or curl outward to extreme volume." —American Airlines

31. "When leaning forward, restrained hair should remain neat and off the face. A single ponytail may be secured behind the ears and centered on the back of the head. The ponytail should be no higher than the tops of the ears and no longer than the tops of the shoulders." —JetBlue


Do you still want to be flight attendant??

AS LONG AS I CAN FLY WITH DASUKI IN THE SAME PLANE.... NO SHIII
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by uwadiahercules: 4:21pm On Oct 08, 2018
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by uwadiahercules: 8:02am On Feb 02, 2019
Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by samsard(m): 9:08am On Feb 02, 2019
faites:
U bet. All those rules just described the natural me. So, Is any airline looking for attendants?
Being my personal flight attendant won't be a bad idea.

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Re: 31 Insane Requirements Flight Attendants Must Follow by CallysTony: 12:34am On Jan 25, 2020
More like the kind of topics we treat at Student Aviation Club on our social media platforms (WhatsApp and others). Members of Student Aviation Club knows better on most of issues like this.

Well, these are correct though, however, some airlines are not very strict to these rules. Moreover, it's different strokes for different folks.

Most airlines are strictly against visible tattoos, while some airlines doesn't see it as a big deal.

Whichever it is, planes would be taking off everyday. And for planes to take off everyday, it means pilots would fly everyday. And you know what? Flight Attendants must be in charge of the cabin as planes take off everyday.


If you're an enthusiastic, passionate and young/intending aviator, do well to get in touch with Student Aviation Club (SAC). It's an opportunity to get well trained, certified and licensed as a Flight Attendant or any other aviation profession and get qualified for job opportunities in the aviation industry.

Contact the National President of Student Aviation Club on 07031109284

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