We receive several hundred emails a day from people interested in pursuing a flight attendant career. Here are answers to some of the more common questions we receive.
What is the purpose of AirlineCareer.com?
AirlineCareer.com is an award winning online flight attendant career website that teaches you everything you need to know about becoming a flight attendant. Our array of products will lead you step-by-step through the application process, including how to pick an airline that is right for you, how to write a resume in the format that airlines want, how to dress, how to interview and ultimately how to land the job.
Who is on the staff of AirlineCareer.com?
Our staff is comprised of a dedicated network of working flight attendants, a talented web development team, and an airline captain with over 40 years of experience in the airline industry. Several staff members are experienced flight attendant recruiters, supervisors and/or new-hire training instructors.
What are the real chances of getting hired by an airline?
Airline interviewing is a highly competitive business and only those well-prepared will make it past the first interview. Our research shows that approximately one out of every 100 applicants is ultimately hired. Unfortunately, if you fail, you will have to put your flight attendant career on hold and will have to wait at least six months and sometimes up to a year before an airline will allow you back for a second chance.
Should I pursue a flight attendant career if I'm not willing to relocate?
One of the minimum qualifications for accepting flight attendant employment is that you are willing to relocate. However, many people elect to commute. This means that you can live in one place and commute to your domicile. Transfers are also quite common and are usually available within three to six months of employment.
Do airlines hire older applicants?
Yes! In fact, flight attendant hiring personnel are now actively seeking “older” people to fill positions, especially those individuals pursuing second careers. A recent class of 100 new hires at a major airline had 7 people between the ages of 40 and 49, 5 people between the ages of 50 and 59, and 1 person over 60!
I live overseas and would like to become a flight attendant. Can your products help me?
Our products will help you with the application and interview process at any airline, not just the ones in the U.S. In addition, not every airline in the U.S. requires that you be a U.S. citizen. For example, Southwest Airlines and AirTran will accept you if you have the right to work in the U.S. according to the Immigrations Act of 1986.
I have a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) on my record which occurred many years ago. Will this disqualify me from becoming a flight attendant?
Do not be discouraged because you have a misdemeanor on your record. Every airline will conduct a background check, but that does not mean an automatic disqualification. Matters such as this are basically handled on a case by case basis. If you have a strong interview and have many attributes that would make you a good flight attendant, then the airline may overlook the charge, especially since it was so long ago. We have several members that have gone through the interview process with DWIs on their records and they were ultimately hired.
I was working for an airline and was asked to resign after three months. Will this hurt my chances of getting hired again?
It is usually a good policy to be honest at any airline interview, but in this case, I would recommend not going into specifics about leaving the former airline unless specifically asked by an interviewer. We have many members that have left airlines only to be rehired at another. They left for a variety of reasons including family illness, divorce, child care issues, etc. The only way the hiring airline would have specific information about the resignation is if a supervisor or manager is given as a reference and that person is contacted directly. Even then, the issue may not come up. And if it does come up, it does not necessarily mean that you won’t get hired.
I am extremely interested in starting my flight attendant career, and meet all the qualifications. However, a few weeks ago I got my eyebrow pierced. Am I wasting my time and money trying to get a job in this field?
Most airlines will not allow visible tattoos or body piercings of any kind while working. If at all possible, you should not attempt to interview until all piercings or tattoos are hidden or removed.
I am interested in a position with an airline in sales or marketing. Can you help me?
No, AirlineCareer.com can only help you pursue a flight attendant career.