Pros & Cons of Being a Flight Attendant
Ever thought of flying for a living?
There's so many people out there that I have talked to while in and out of my uniform who have told me "I have always thought about being a flight attendant!" once I tell them that is what I do for a living. It's such a fun job and I just wanted to write a little bit about how to get into it, and my personal pros and cons of the job.
I have been working for Mesa Airlines for a little over a year now, and I am loving it. I do hope to be working for a mainline company one day. After falling fast in love with this job, I am 100% ready to make it a career, take on more passengers, and longer flights. It is so fast paced, but also slow at times, crazy insanely busy, but also so calm in a way. The aviation field is something that I think everyone should think about because it is so fun and cool, always changing and...with such good benefits, too!
If there is one tip I could give before starting the process, it would be to SAVE SAVE SAVE!!! Most of, if not all, airlines have UNPAID training. The training can be anywhere from 3-8 weeks depending on the company. That can be quite sometime without pay and it can be very very stressful because it can put you so behind. I know this from personal struggle, LOL. And starting out, the pay is not the best, but I feel that the people who have been with the companies the longest don't do it for the money, they do it for the love they have for it. I'ok give ya'll a little bit of my own personal pros and cons!
Personal Pros & Cons
- Flight benefits
- Working weekends/holidays
- Travel benefits for friends/family
- Missing important family events
- Constantly on the go
- Having to be on call until you have enough seniority
- Always meeting new people
- Dealing with time changes/losing&gaining time
- Never the same thing/non routine
- Long days/hours sometimes
- Constantly having incredible views of the sky and NOT having to stare at a desk all day
- Basically having to always go to work even when you're really sick
The number 1 con I would say would be being sick and still having to go in. When you first start, you are on probation, usually about 6 months.. could vary with company. BUT being sick and having to fly is the worst, even if you have just a small cold. They always want you going to work anyways, lol.
The number 1 pro I would have to say is the benefits, you get to fly in the US for free and out of the country for taxes only!!! I calculated a round trip for myself from AZ to Paris...it was $138.80. WHAT!!!!! And for my mom, it was about $300. I know, I know... WHY am I not always all over the globe. That's because I'm just having so much fun working that I don't get myself to get the time off to vacation!
Work is work and nothing about work is fun. But once you find something that you actually enjoy doing while getting paid for it, it makes it all worth it! There are both pros and cons to everything in life. I just made a small list of my own personal pros and cons, I have about being a flight attendant. The list could go on and on forever if I listed EVERYTHING, so I just stuck with the basics. And again those are all personal, and can definitely vary per person! Those are just very basic things that I think tend to go with just about everyone!
If you've read anything that I wrote before then you can probably guess one of my favorite things about being a flight attendant. The views. I could never get sick of looking out a passenger window or the galley window to see the sky and the colors it is creating that day. It's WAY better than staring at the same computer, desk, cubicle, or whatever it is you're staring at all day. So... I'll attach some pretty sky pictures just so you can see what you're missing!
So if you've stuck with me this far and you're still wondering how to apply and what the process is like, keep on reading!!
Each airline is different all the way from the way they hire to the way they do their inflight service. From what I have been able to do so far, most are pretty similar in their hiring process - give or take a little bit. And a good thing to know is that all the airlines aren't necessarily looking for flying experience! Most times, they just want you to have good customer service skills, be willing and able to do all they need, and basically be good with people. Give a good google search about flight attendant positions and dig into each company out there to find the best option for you. It really is a simple, nerve wrecking, life long feeling process:
1. Apply online to the company
2. Receive an email to do a video interview for them
3. Receive another email or phone call asking you to go to a face to face interview
4. Receive a conditional job offer (CJO)!!!
It can be surprisingly fast, but also very very long. It all just depends on the company and how they do things. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never ever be discouraged if you do not get a CJO with the company you want the first time. Personally, I have applied to Hawaiian, American, Delta, and United and got a big fat NO from all of them. All you have to do when that happens is wait 6 months and try again!! :)
Sounds like an easy process, right?
I think if you have every thought about becoming a flight attendant, you should really really take a chance at it! Start at a regional airline if you are hesitant and find out if it's something you'd even like. Start out doing research on it. Start out by really thinking about it. And start out by applying! And never give up on your dreams, and that goes for any job you want to pursue!
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Questions & Answers
I have been thinking a lot about being a flight attendant. I am in my last year of high school. Although being a flight attendant has been a dream of mine, I am worried about not having a "formal" career. Even though my parents would support my decision to be a flight attendant, they seem worried, too. What do you think about it? SHould I go for it or should I establish a career first?
Do it! Go for your dreams! You can 100% make a “formal career” out of flying. You could retire doing it, and make good money doing it once you get farther in it. You could go into the corporate side of things for an airline if you want to move that direction. There are SO many options. Do it while you’re young. Follow your heart and dreams, everything else will follow!
As a flight attendant, how often are you home, and would you be able to start a family?
It really just depends on your schedule. When you first start you'll be on "reserve", which is basically on call. That's the toughest time, until you can hold a line and request certain days off - reserve is really tricky. I was home about 1/2 the month, give or take. I am currently pregnant and expecting my first (I no longer fly), but I think it would be very very hard - but definitely do-able if you have a partner willing to understand your passion and support you no matter what!
Are flight attendants allowed to have tattoos? I know it’s probably dependent on which airline but I have been thinking seriously about becoming a flight attendant, but I have an arm sleeve and a leg sleeve, so I’m afraid that would be an instant no.
Yes! Well technically no. They just cannot be seen “in uniform”. So as long as you’re wearing a long sleeve or a jacket. I have heard of a few airlines that just simply don’t allow them but I know that American, Southwest, and most of the regionals allow you to just have them covered!
What are the age restrictions of being a flight attendant, if there are any. I am in my early 30s. Are the restrictions different for male/female?
I think the only "restriction" is that you have to be at least 21 for certain airlines, but that's it! Each airline is different though.Helpful 9
How long were you on reserve for before having a more set schedule?
I think it was about 6-7 months if I remember correctly!Helpful 6
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