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How to Become an Air Stewardess

A great way to see the world and travel to several different countries is to work as an air stewardess on a plane. There are some requirements to do this job and it is certainly not as easy as you may think. You should therefore think carefully before deciding on this career path. Air stewardesses are responsible for the safety of the crew and passengers on the plane, which is a big responsibility and requires training.

Schooling

Training to be an air stewardess requires courses that can last for from three to six weeks. Airlines will hire you and then you will complete the training. While some airlines may hire someone who only has a high school diploma or GED, this may not always be the case. In fact, today the trend is more towards airlines hiring people who have completed a college degree. Even better is if you have completed a degree that is in one of these areas: tourism, hospitality, communication or public relations.

There are physical requirements that have to be met as well if you plan on becoming an air stewardess. Remember that you will be on your feet for much of the time which means you need to be in very good physical health, in fact, you need to be in excellent physical condition since this job is demanding. You have to also be tall enough to reach the overhead bins and strong enough to lift luggage into and out of the bins. Your vision has to be good or at least 20/40 and be able to be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Background Check & Training

The airline will also do a 10-year background check. This means that they will screen you for any past criminal activity, including, obviously, drug use. You may be required to pass drug tests as well before being hired by the airline.

Airlines often prefer previous customer service experience, sometimes they may insist on two years of prior experience in a sales, marketing or customer service role. It would be a good idea to gain experience in these areas so that you will have the required experience. Remember that you are also responsible for promoting the airline and making the customers feel welcome and happy. You should recognize that the job will be difficult as there will be stressful times. You may have to deal with difficult flyers, people who are scared of flying, those who are sick while flying and, of course, flight delays and turbulence.

During your training you will be taught in a classroom and taught how to cope with several issues including how to deal with emergencies. Emergency procedures that you will learn will include how to operate emergency equipment, including flotation devices, oxygen masks, and how to safely evacuate passengers from the plane in the event of an emergency. After classroom training you will receive training in flight. Finally, you will be awarded a Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency by the FAA.