“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
That quote holds true for most, or perhaps, all flight attendants. We have met former cabin crew members who misses flying a lot. They share their memories as a flight attendant and sometimes would describe them as one of the happiest days in their lives.
At the same time, many have dreamed of being a cabin crew, where most of them do pursue such career. “I want to be a flight attendant because I want to travel the world”, “Being a flight attendant is the ‘in’ thing nowadays”, “Cabin crew jobs pays high”, “I like to be a flight attendant because it is fun”, “it is a very glamorous job”, and so forth are the most common reactions when you ask them why they want to be a cabin crew. We are not saying that we agree nor do we disagree with them, everyone’s entitled to their own opinions and views anyway, but what does it really take to be a cabin crew? What do those people who aspires to be flight attendants have to go through? What do they need to have? Are there are special skills needed? Is the job as a cabin crew fit only for a special selected number of people? Aside from the minimum height, age, waistline and so on requirements, what else are needed?
Here are what it takes and what one needs to go through to be a cabin crew member. This is not to scare those aspiring to be flight attendants, but this is to prepare you for what lies ahead. This blog post is also written to answer those who think that flight attendants are “glorified servers of the air”, and why we do think that the cabin crew are actually the “unsung heroes of the skies”
Well these should give you a basic summary of what it takes to be a flight attendant. There are actually more to those, except they may vary per airline and per country of origin.
With all that being said, you now have a glimpse of what it takes takes to be a flight attendant. I hope this also changes the perception of others that flight attendants are just “servers of the air”, or to some, “glorified maids in the air”. It takes a lot to be a flight attendant, and that is the reason why that in many countries, they are highly paid. In exchange of those high salaries and free travels they do sacrifice a lot physically, emotionally, and mentally.
For us, they will always be the “unsung heroes of the air”.