This year, there are quite a number of airlines who will be having a cabin crew mass recruitment day or should we call an open day. Anyone interested to be a cabin crew may join and take chances. Who knows, this might just be your day. To guide all our aspiring cabin crew, we have prepared a few tips and advices on what to expect and what to prepare to help you during the open day.
A recent study by the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Survey shows that flight attendants are at greater risks of getting many types of cancers than majority of the population. Based on the research which followed more than 5,000 cabin crew, they found that their risk of getting breast cancer increased by 50% while the risks of stomach cancers are raised by as much as 74 percent!
If only flight attendants are allowed to tell you things you need to know, they would but unfortunately, they are not allowed to do that especially when on board the aircraft. They actually do quite have a list and they are happy that we are willing to say it for them.. So here are things flight attendants wish you would know about them and their jobs. These are from various Filipino flight attendants and stewards from different airlines around the world and we wish to keep their names hidden as not to get them into trouble.
By Angelica Wilk
I am a flight attendant … and boy can it cause some chaos at home!
Almost nine months ago, I made a drastic change in careers. I went from working a 9-5pm, or should I say, a 9-9pm social worker job, to becoming a cabin crew. There’s a whole story behind why I did so – but let’s stick to the facts of what’s been happening since then.
You know pare, the conyos of Manila! Like OMG, they are so kalat all around like in Bora, Tags, Batangy, and Elebeng! Just for your information, in the Philippines, the term "conyo" refers to those kids or people hailing from the A-crowd or rich families who studied in exclusive schools like Lazzahll or Arrhneo, and who speaks like the taglish! Anyway, what would happen if your flight attendant was a typical 'conyo kid' and he or she would recite the safety demo?
Say whatever you want about their jobs but no matter how much you try to degrade them or to make them think that there's more to being a flight attendant, you are actually just trying to burn bridges. One reason why cabin crew members are very much united regardless of what airline they are in is because they are very proud of themselves for being one.
We may talk all about the glitz and glamour that goes with becoming a flight attendant, but in reality, there is so much on how becoming a flight attendant can actually change your life. No not just only the lifestyle, but also your mindet and even your character. Indeed, this is why cabin crew members holds the "YOLO" or "You Only Live Once" moto, and when we mean YOLO, we don't mean getting wasted in parties. It's more of living their lives to the fullest.
The word "FEAR" actually means False Evidences Appearing Real. It is what stops us from pursuing a long time dream, usually brought about negativity from others, social media, past failures, and fears of not being able to reach standards. This is actually normal for every human being but always remember that every cabin crew you see now flying once also had their own fears. Difference is, they never allowed their fear and worries to take over.
When you become a cabin crew, you do not just work as an individual, you work as a team, a team of other cabin crew members and your flight deck crew. Hence, if you dream of being a flight attendant, you have to be a team player. Erik Portus, a Philippine Airlines cabin crew trainor says "team work is very important. Without it, everything is affected. Service delivery will be all over the place."
During airline open days or cabin crew mass recruitment events, you would see a line of applicants as long as those Black Friday Sale lines in the shopping centers. Unfortunately though, only 1% to 5% of the total number of applicants make it to become a full fledged cabin crew! Indeed, the job of a flight attendant is one of the world's most desired jobs nowadays, despite its danger and the challenges to get in.
There is no particular college course that you need to take in order to be a cabin crew. Most airlines accepts people from any course, we haven't seen a specific course preferred. Each course may have their advantages for anyone pursuing or who pursued a cabin crew career. We enumerate a few courses and how each may help you in your cabin crew career, both short term and long term.
Do flight attendants have to be tall? Do they have to be physically attractive? What course should I take so I can be a flight attendant? These are some of the questions our aspiring cabin crew members have been asking. Honestly, every airline has their own specific requirements for their cabin crew. The requirements of each airline may somehow be similar and yet, different from one another. Well for the sake of information, we shall give you the physical requirements and other requirements needed to be a cabin crew on a general basis. This does not represent nor reflect any of the airline's specific requirements.
The Philippines may not be a perfect country, there still is a lot to improve, but yet, Filipino cabin crew members are very proud of the beauty of the country that they do play a major role in the Philippines's tourism campaign. What's good about this is Filipino cabin crew members are all over the world, and no matter where they are based, to them, the Philippines is a very beautiful country worth visiting.
Written by F/A May Aguado
Everyday, my uniform gets heavier and heavier, and that's because everyday, it absorbs new experiences, new adventures, new personalities, and even new situations. Regardless of what kind of situations they are, I treasure each and every one of them. My fun layovers, those irrate passengers, and even during those times when we had to make emergency landings, all contributed to what I call, the joys of flying. Hey, nobody like emergency situations anyway but that's what we were trained for.
Contributed by F/A May Aguado
I have been a flight attendant for 24 years for an international airline and all I can say is I love every moment of it. When I was starting though, I had to get used to a lot of things. During that time too, I was about to quit my and I just wanted to enter the corporate world but after I saw the long lines during crew recruitment days, I felt that I am lucky to be a flight attendant and many wishes to be where I am now. Many new flight attendants will be going through this stage also and I would like to share a few tips for them.
Let's just admit that cabin crew members are very attractive people physically. They carry themselves well, they look good in their uniforms, and they exude a very high level of confidence. Some passengers have various ways of having their flight attendants notice them or different "styles" to get to know them. Apparently, these cabin crew members are very professional and they definitely know their limit especially if one is trying to cross the boundaries.
When airlines select their cabin crew, they look for certain qualities in every individual that are specific to the type of job they will be undertaking and that will be at par with the airline's branding and guiding principles. Physical qualities are not the only consideration, there are simply more to that. Since a cabin crew is supposed to be able to ensure the safety while providing the best flying experience to all passengers, they must possess certain qualities. Here are the top 10 general qualities airlines look for in their cabin crew.
We have witnessed 47 cabin crew graduations all in all from Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and CebGo and every newly winged cabin crew all said one thing, training was indeed very hard and nerve-racking! These cabin crew members could have all been valedictorians in college if only they applied the same study habits they had during initial training. Yes, that includes the memorization and understanding of about 1000+ pages manuals in a span of 2 to 3 months.
We have seen many posts about what's in a cabin crew's bag. Well. how about if we take a peak on what may be in a Filipino cabin crew's luggage whenever they travel. We asked some cabin crew members what are some of the usual items they bring during flights particularly long haul ones and they gladly enumerated the most common stuff they can't leave home without.
This has been one of the most asked question we get on our messenger. To answer this question in detail, we shall provide you now with the steps together with some article reference you could also check on this site. Well if you might ask someone how to be a cabin crew, the answer you might most likely get is "edi mag apply ka". To be a cabin crew is not just about applying and going through training, there are some preparations to go with it which we will discuss here.
Many people have this pre-conceived notion that being a flight attendant is a glamorous job. Well if you were flying in the 1940s and 1950s, yes it was glamorous but now, it is no longer like that. Air travel has changed throughout the years and so did the role of cabin crews. With all these comes challenges all cabin crew face throughout their flying career. Here, we shall enumerate the major challenges cabin crew members face in their career of flying.
One thing cabin crew members do very well which many still have a hard time is packing their luggages properly. Cabin crew members usually bring the right items, they know which clothes they would need, and they are able to maximize the space inside their luggage wherein they still have enough space for their "pasalubongs".
Cabin crew members are exposed to different personalities everyday inside an aircraft. Though most would definitely be different from one another, there are just some who does the same thing others does, and one of them is asking questions which a cabin crew would not buy. MyKayla Hilgart is a flight attendant from a US airline and she runs down those 22 common things one should avoid saying or asking a flight attendant.
Working as a cabin crew teaches us important universal lessons and truths. Travelling, dealing with different people, and working different time zones will open our eyes to things we had never realized before until the day we become flight attendants. Here are some worldly truths you learn when you start working as a cabin crew. It may be good, it may be bad, but they are all truths.