Have you ever looked at flight attendants and wondered how they're so well put together all the time? Well if you didn't know, they actually have really strict requirements that they are obliged to follow. We have hand-picked some of the most crazy rules and regulations according to certain airlines that will be sure to surprise you.
Tattoos and piercings
This one is quite obvious really. Tattoos and piercings are not allowed to be show on most airlines. However, some airlines take it that one step extra by not allowing any tattoos to be covered with cosmetics, plasters or even jewellery! Furthermore, tattoos on feet or legs are not permitted as they will be on show due to the uniform's shoe style and the hosiery density of the tights. What's more, most airlines don't permit tongue piercings or tattoos on wrists.
Ability to swim
Most airlines expect their flight attendants to be capable of swimming at least around approximately 20 metres. Some even expect their flight attendants to be able to swim 25 metres as well as being able to tread water for at least a minute. When it comes down to it, airlines expect their flight attendants to be confident in the water.
This obviously depends on the airline but some airlines require an unmarried status for 'inexperienced' crew. However if you are part of the 'experienced' cabin crew you are allowed to be married.
Of course it is controversial to set age requirements on employees. However, the minimum age requirement for international airlines tends to be 18-21 years old for flight attendants. What's more, the majority of international airlines welcome applications for flight attendants up to around 56 years of age.
Height and arm reach
Most airlines require flight attendants to be between 5'2 and 6'2 in height, (without any shoes that might help add to the height). What's more, arm reach is also measured. Some airlines require cabin crew to be able to reach 210cm without shoes and others with an arm reach of 212cm while standing on tiptoes. Some airlines even require their flight attendants to be able to carry a weight of 10kg to a height of 170cm without shoes on. These specific measurements listed above may shock you but they are used for many airlines.