The air hostess " or female flight attendant " is an essential member of a commercial aeroplanes cabin crew, hired to take boarding passes, carry out pre-flight checks, keep the plane clean, serve drinks and meals to passengers and write flight reports. They may also be required to carry out first aid, deal with unruly passengers and even prepare for emergency landings.
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The role of air hostess remains a much sought-after job, and requires dedication and hard work. A minimum of four GCSEs at A-C grade are required to join cabin crew, along with a minimum age of 18. Other requirements include the ability to swim, a valid EU passport and good health.
In terms of personal qualities, air hostesses must be friendly and good at communication, good at numeracy and able to handle rude or threatening passengers.
Those accepted on airline training courses (4-5 weeks) will learn about safety equipment and procedures, first aid, aviation security and dangerous goods, customer service, food preparation, cabin service and uniform standards.
Starting salaries are around £14,000, but can range between £16,000 and £22,000 with more experience. Senior cabin crew can earn £25,000 or more.