Requirements for Flight Attendants across Airlines

When Applying for the Job

1. "Physical features: Pleasing personality, clear complexion (scars, pimples and blemishes not acceptable) and good eyesight" —Jet Airways

2. "Arm reach of 212 cm [83 inches] while standing on tiptoes" —Emirates

3. "At least 2 years of customer or community service experience required" —Alaska Airlines

4. "Tattoos on the feet are not permitted, as they cannot be concealed. All shoes must be of the classic court style, which leaves the top and side of the foot exposed. The maximum permitted hosiery density is 15 denier and does not cover up tattoos." —British Airways

5. "We require applicants to be free of all nicotine use for at least 6 months prior to submitting an application." —Alaska Airlines

6. "Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion" —Ryan Air

7. "A tongue piercing is not permitted. You will be required to remove any items from your tongue for training and duty." —British Airways

8. "Tattoos are not permitted on wrists. Watches must be of a discreet design with either a small silver or gold metal bracelet, or brown/black leather strap." —British Airways

9. "Marital Status: Unmarried" —Jet Airways (Note: The unmarried status is only a standard for "inexperienced" crew; people applying as "experienced" cabin crew can be married.)

10. "Must successfully pass a functional assessment — must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist and 22 pounds overhead" —WestJet

11. "BMI — Body Mass Index is used to calculate weight — one's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of one's body height in metres: BMI = body weight (kg) divided by square of height (m). BMI = 19–24.9 is considered satisfactory" —Czech Airlines

(Context: Someone who is 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds would have a BMI of 25.7, so would not meet the requirements. Czech Airlines' page reads, "Your weight and height are recorded in order to see that you comply with the requirements." So if your BMI falls out of that range, you're out of luck.)

Once You Get the Job

12. "A total of four rings may be worn, with no more than two on each hand." —United Airlines

13. "Hands and nails should be kept well groomed at all times, with nail length not exceeding an eighth of an inch beyond the finger tip." —Hawaiian Airlines

14. "Don't wear accessories that clash with your uniform." —JetBlue

15. "Lipstick or gloss are required and should complement the facial features. Lip liner should be used in moderation"  —Allegiant Air

16. "Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed." —American Airlines