Age Restrictions

Because of the new age discrimination legislation which came into force from 1st October 2006  all UK based airlines cannot set minimum or maximum age restraints on anybody wanting to work as cabin crew.  For any international airlines the minimum age requirement may be set at 18, 19, 20 or even 21. So with the majority of the airlines you can still apply up to 54 years of age.

Education

Most airlines require you to have at least 4 GCSE’s grade c or above (or equivalent) with two of them in English and Math’s. We would point out that if you have do not have theses grades do but have a higher education the majority of airlines will accept your application. Some airlines also accept that not everyone excels in school and therefore will overlook qualifications if they have gained excellent customer service experience.

 

The airlines also find candidates who have taken the time to research and study the role of Cabin Crew desirable.  We would therefore, recommend taking a Cabin Crew related course to familiarise yourself with the role.  The course that we recommend is the Cabin Crew Diploma course.  This course is all completed online and is also used by Colleges as part of their Travel and Tourism courses.

Health

Good health is essential and if you are successful in the selection process, you will normally be required to undergo a medical examination.

Height Restrictions

Most airlines require you to be no shorter than 5ft 2in and no taller than 6ft 3in. This applies to both men and women. This is for safety, as you will be required to reach equipment that is carried on board the aircraft.

Weight Restrictions

The airlines do request that you are a healthy weight which must be in proportion to your height.

First Aid

Although having a first aid certificate is not a minimum requirement set by all airlines, it doe however help with your application for the position of cabin crew.

Swimming Ability

Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to swim at least 25 metres, with some airlines its 30 metres.

Ability to speak another language

A second language is an advantage, however not essential to most airlines. We do however recommend having a second language, as this will help your application.

Customer Service Experience

Customers are the highest priority, therefore airlines seek to recruit cabin crew who have enjoyed working and have excelled in customer contact positions. Also working with special needs, such as the elderly, children and infants and people with physical disabilities would be an advantage.

Passport Requirements

When applying to a UK based airline you must be entitled to live and work indefinitely in the UK and hold a valid EU or UK passport, which permits worldwide travel without restrictions.  Some International airlines will accept all nationalities, but they must hold an up to date passport from their country of residence.

Eyesight

Once successful you will undergo a eye test. If you do not have perfect eyesight then glasses or contact lenses can be worn with most airlines.

A Cabin Crew Requirements video

With thanks to www.cabincrewdiploma.co.uk this video from their online course outlines the minimum requirements needed to work as Cabin Crew.

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    • The British airlines now do not have a maximum weight, as long as you are fit and healthy then you can apply. Some of the international airlines do require your weight to be in proportion to your height.

  1. I’m 6’3 and looking for cabin crew jobs, yet all airlines that are recruiting are saying no taller than 185cm (6’1), can I still apply or am I too tall? If so, what airlines could I apply for?

    • Hi Dan, Thomson have recently dropped their maximum height restriction. As long as you can move freely within the cabin and fit through the smallest secondary exit wearing the jump-seat harness without alteration you will be fine. There have been cabin crew members recruited with Thomson who are 6’3. Other airlines unfortunately still operate the maximum height restrictions.

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