The air hostess, or flight attendant, course typically entails learning about safety procedures, airport terminology, job duties and aircraft configurations as well as completing a practical experience component on an aircraft. The employer usually provides the training course. However, some colleges and flight attendant schools offer their own programs to provide some initial experience that prepares aspiring air hostesses for the interview process at airlines, notes The Travel Academy.
Before pursuing air hostess training, individuals usually need to have completed a high school education, be 18 years or older and have work eligibility, notes the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Customer service work experience is common as a job requirement. Those who meet these requirements can either apply to airlines to receive on-the-job training or complete a third-party training program.
Depending on the course, it can take as little as three weeks for employer-based training or up to two years if the person opts for an associate degree in the field, such as the airline flight attendant program from Liberty University. Some specific course topics can include airline operations, etiquette, accident prevention and care, aviation regulations, geography, airport codes, evacuation procedures and first aid.
After completing the theoretical component, individuals usually are placed with an airline (if taking a third-party course) or practice on planes at their current employer. This experience tests the air hostess's ability to do the job. After completing it, air hostesses need to get Federal Aviation Administration certification to work, states the BLS.