Flight attendants monitor the safety of the aircraft cabin and provide services to airline passengers, explain safety information, serve food and beverages, and respond to emergency incidents.
All airlines have flight attendants to ensure passengers’ safety.
Flight attendants' job is to follow the pilot or co-pilot's instructions. They look after the safety and comfort of passengers on a flight, explain emergency protocols, provide information about the journey, ensure a clean cabin, assist during take-off and landing, and serve meals and beverages on the flight.
Flight attendants attend the pilot’s pre-flight briefings, inspect emergency equipment, respond to disruptive passengers, monitor suspicious behaviour, and attend to safety or medical issues during flight. They are required to report any incident that occurs on a flight.
Flight attendants need a high school diploma, or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, though some students prefer to enrol in flight attendant school. They need to take foreign language classes. The flight attendant's salary is contingent on the skills and experience.
How to become a flight attendant? One undergoes training in safety and emergency procedures, first aid, flight regulations and job duties. They also take practice flights.
Flight attendants must have strong customer service skills. Other important skills include attention to detail, communication, stamina, efficiency and leadership.
A flight attendant career entails working unconventional hours. The job can be stressful when dealing with difficult or anxious passengers, responding to emergencies, air turbulence, and being on their feet for long periods. Many flight attendants choose to live near the airport to be able to commute to work quickly.
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