Standard requirements for Cabin Crew

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By on Wednesday 28th Sep, 2011 at 14:19

If you’re looking to start your career in the world of Cabin Crew then you no doubt have plenty of questions to ask about what’s required of you and whether you match the necessary standards for the industry.

We think it’s important to give you guys and girls as much information as we can to help you decide what to apply for and which role would suit your best.

Each airline in the industry will have their own standards, requirements, and restrictions for Cabin Crew whether that’s for uniform or standard health and safety regulations. We’ve consolidated some of the requirements below so you can see if you fit the bill.

Remember that these guidelines have been generalised and are likely to vary a little for each airline so check with your desired employer as well.

Since 1 October 2006, the UK has had an age discrimination law whereby employers cannot dictate maximum ages at which you are allowed to apply for jobs – so if you’re applying in the UK you shouldn’t have a problem. International airlines are different and can set the minimum age between 17 and 21 – most international airlines accept older people at around the age of 54 as a general guide.

Most airlines require you to be no shorter than 5ft 2in and no taller than 6ft 3in. This applies to both men and women. This is for safety, as you will be required to reach equipment that is carried on board the aircraft.

Most airlines do request that your weight is in proportion with your height – this means having a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 18-25 which is considered a healthy range for most adults. You can work out your BMI online or by visiting your doctor or nutritional specialist.

Most airlines in the UK require you to have a minimum of four GCSEs or equivalent – with two of those being in English and Maths.

Ability to swim
Most airlines will expect you to be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres in distance, and you will need to demonstrate this as part of your training. This is so you are more likely to be able to deal with emergency situations such as landing on water.

When applying to a UK based airline you must be entitled to live and work indefinitely in the UK and hold a valid EU or UK passport, which permits worldwide travel without restrictions. Some International airlines will accept all nationalities, but they must hold an up to date passport from their country of residence. Remember that being convicted of a criminal offence at any point may result in some countries disallowing entry.