What does a Cabin Crew do?

A flight attendant is responsible for ensuring that all of the passengers on a flight are following safety regulations. They are responsible for cleaning the airplane and taking care of customers. A few of the main duties of a flight attendant are scheduling cleaning up after a flight, complying with airline regulations, instructing passengers on safety measures, and assisting passengers when needed. They also have to prepare reports whenever there is an incident on the aircraft. Some of the jobs titles that a flight attendant could grow into are pilot and air traffic controller.

A flight attendant does not need to have any experience but should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a flight attendant will have is the ability to connect with passengers. Another skill is organization as the flight attendant will have to be able to take care of an entire airplane.

What responsibilities are common for Cabin Crew jobs?
  • Serve passenger drinks and food
  • Go through safety procedures with passengers
  • Assist passengers with whatever they need
  • Maintain a clean aircraft
  • Assist the pilots with whatever they need
  • Follow all airline regulations
  • Distribute custom forms when appropriate
  • Remain calm during emergency situations
What are the typical qualifications for Cabin Crew jobs?
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Amazing interpersonal skills
  • Ability to direct passengers
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to multiple countries
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to solve disputes and complaints of passengers
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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Cabin Crew Insights

Read what Cabin Crew professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Air CanadaAir Canada
Flight Attendant
6 Jan 2021

“Getting the opportunity to explore the world on layovers as a career is very unique and highly addictive in the best of ways!”

Spirit AirlinesSpirit Airlines
Flight Attendant
28 Apr 2022

“You have a very flexible schedule and can drop your entire line if you want to.”

Cabin Crew
28 Jan 2021

“From day 1 I felt welcomed and everyone was so helpful and understanding when I was new.”

American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines
22 Feb 2021

“Pay was pretty good if you don't think about the hours (tips make it variable)”

Singapore AirlinesSingapore Airlines
Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew
16 Feb 2021

“Massive downside is I am still earning the same amount of take home salary from what i received 10years ago!”

Cathay PacificCathay Pacific
Cabin Crew
5 Mar 2021

“(3) No career path when you work in this industry for too long.”

Singapore AirlinesSingapore Airlines
Flight Steward
22 Jan 2021

“The dream job.. Free travelling.. Good pay.. Good employee wellfare.”

Delta Air LinesDelta Air Lines
Flight Attendant
13 May 2021

“Work life balance can get tough if you don’t know how to work your schedule correctly.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of flight attendants

Flight attendants are a crucial part of the flight crew for passenger aircraft. The typical day of a flight attendant includes inspecting emergency equipment, instructing passengers on safety procedures, and ensuring the comfort and safety of everyone on board during the flight. Flight attendants may work one to seven or more flights per day.

One advantage of becoming a flight attendant is traveling for free. Employers provide hotel accommodations and travel allowances to cover meals and transportation when the schedule requires an overnight stay. This is a great career for people who like to travel and don't mind a potentially erratic schedule.

Flight attendants must meet and maintain certain physical requirements for the job, including weight. Working as a flight attendant requires standing, bending, lifting, and balancing. Another challenge of being a flight attendant is that stressful customer service situations may occur during flights, and flight attendants have limited resources to handle these while in the air.

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