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.


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.


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.


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 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.

  2. Hye,Sir i wish to do job in airlines as a steward/cabin crew .
    i have done my matricultaion with 60 % marks
    And i want to do job ,plz kindly help me ,in this process ..
    My height is 5″9 , weight 67. Goodlooking guy. :) thnks :)

  3. I have tattoos which are easily covered, however I’ve heard some airlines don’t like you to have any whatsoever. Is this true? Also, which airline has the least strict tattoo policy? Thanks :)

    • As long as your tattoo is not visible with a short sleeved shirt and skirt then you can apply to the airlines. When you go for your interviews make sure that the tattoo is not on show at all.

    • Although the airlines request certain grades, they will however overlook these if you have gained plenty of customer service experience.

  4. hi am mahender .6.1 height &55 weight am lean
    some people said that cabin crew is mainly for girls is it true
    will boys will be given preference ? nd wt abt the languages

    • All of the UK airlines recruit both Males and Females equally. To apply to any of the British airlines you will be required to speak, read and write English fluently. Having a second language is beneficial, however not a minimum requirement unless stated.

  5. hi my name is raven and I’m 14 nearly 15 and I’m thinking about a career in air hostessing and I’m wondering all the details and courses I would need to archive that.

    • Hi Raven, I would consider taking a Travel and Tourism course when you finish school. This will give you a great insight into working as cabin crew.

  6. hello! I am aspiring to be a cabin crew i am a social person with loads of confidence and good communication skills and looks and a good physique. The only problem is I am 5’1 in height! So can i still have a chance in becoming a cabin crew if i have all the skills necessary or not?

    • There are some smaller airlines that recruit people under 5’2″. Other airlines require you to do a reach test and as long as you can reach the overhead lockers without standing on your tiptoes they will accept you. The minimum height restriction is a safety regulation and the airlines are very strict on this.

  7. I’m just going into year11, cabin crew has always been my dream, I reach all the required expectations but I struggle to swim. After watching the virgin Atlantic cabin crew documentary, I saw the swimming tests… I have had swimming lessons but I’m not confident in water and I look like a drowning cat, any advice?

    • You can still become Cabin Crew, but only for airlines that have dryops. Dryops are flights that never travel far over water. Airlines that would be good for you to apply to are flybe and Easyjet.

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