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Flight Attendant Age Limits?  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 14
Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

Are there any airlines anyone can think of where a well-qualified 18 year old would be able to become a flight attendant? I really would like to try that for a while and can't see any reason why it wouldn't be allowed though I am aware that for most airlines it is 21. Does anyone know of any airlines that take 18-yr.-olds or ones that have a 21-year-old policy with certain exceptions...?


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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4690 times:

I know that you have to be at least 19 to be an FA for United.


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User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

19 for United? This is good! At least it means the info. I had saying that 21 was the minimum isn't always right...


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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

Airlines usually hire around the 18-20 range. It does not go by how much skills you have!! It goes by how much Customer Service you have and if they see that you fit into the Role well!!
Just because you have alot of Skills, does not mean they will except you!!
Wish you the best though, and it is really good to learn a language before becoming a FA!!

I also would like to be a FA!!

Good Luck!
Mikey


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

I have seen some very young F/A's for CO. They must be 18 and right out of High School

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

But don't you have to be 21 in order to serve alchohol?


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User currently offlineStarAlliance From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

PanAm747,
But is that there are no age limit for drinking alcohol on board? Because the FA ask my sister, who is just a kid about 10 year old, if she would like some wine or alcohol!!! Is the FA violating the law???
Then that would be ok to have FA of 18 yr old only, right?

StarAlliance


User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4634 times:

Well, the youngest F/A in all of New Zealand was 20 years old - I say WAS because he flew for Qantas NZ.

24-26 is the preferred age round these parts  Smile



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User currently offlineWirraway From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

Virgin Blue and Ansett, the age is 18.

Wirraway


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4608 times:

This is all considering a US carrier. The person asking this question is from the US so I assume he would want to work for a US carrier

StarAlliance-Was that a US flight on a US carrier?

Maybe the airlines could hire you if you are less than 21 years old, but you will not be able to serve alchohol on board the plane. Then, if someone wants alchohol they will have to call up another FA. This will be kind of crazy on their part. Why would they hire people who are less than 21 and go through all of the work of checking who's over 21 and who's under 21. Instead they could just hire FA's who are over 21 and not worry about it.



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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4603 times:

Man a 19 year old United f/a would be nice.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

A couple of year ago I read that the the oldest flight attendant is ............... yes ........ 78 yrs OLD ! There was also a picture of her. She works, or used to work for an American Airline. So if you are under 80, you stand a very good chance in the USA !!

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

PanAm747-the legal age in the US to SERVE alcohol is 18.

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlineAA@DFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

That 78 year old flight attendant -- I believe her name is Juanita Charmichael. My father used to fly with her, she is a wonderful woman and a very hard and dedicated employee to American Airlines. We could all learn a lot from such a devoted and intelligent woman.

As far as getting hired by the airlines goes... I would recommend looking at http://www.flightattendantcareer.com for some advice. The sight is run by an AA flight attendant who wrote a book on how to get hired. The first time I interviewed with AA I was turned down, the second time I was interviewed I decided I would read her book and THEN interview... that times I was hired. It's a great book with all the questions and answers in it. I highly recommend it.

I have very little customer service experience, but I do have a bachelor's degree in communication and am almost done with my master's degree in communication as well. I think they are looking for someone who is well rounded, outgoing, intelligent, and comitted. They want to see that when you start something, you finish it -- like college for example. They want to see that you haven't had a lot of short-term jobs, that you are a long-term employee with long term goals.

Overall, I would say age is not a big deal to them -- they are going to care about the person that they see in the interview. That is where you have to shine. Everything else is black and white. For example, all the application stuff is just do you have it or don't you... everythign is very cut and dry. However, in the interview they are very subjective. They are looking at a number of different variables that you need to be aware of. If you are granted an interview (at AA at least) they will hire you the same day you interview if they like you. You have to be focused on customer service, demonstrate your ability to listen to instructions, listen to others, and to speak at appropriate times and appropriate lengths. That is my experience anyway.

Good luck to you,

AA@DFW


User currently offlineLAXflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Heres the requirments for CO, hope it helps you.

Flight Attendant

At Continental Airlines the sky's the limit for our Flight Attendants. If you're ready for a career that'll take-off as a Reserve Flight Attendant earning $18.60 per flight hour, with a guaranteed monthly minimum of 83 hours — Continental is ready for you!

To qualify, you must be at least 20 years old, speak fluent English, have authorization to work in the United States, and the ability to have multiple exits and entries into the U.S. and all of the countries Continental serves. You must be willing to relocate based on company needs to: Houston, TX; Newark, NJ; or Cleveland, OH. Secondary education and bilingual abilities in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Dutch, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish are a plus.

Physical qualifications include vision correctable to 20/40 or better (uncorrected 20/200 or better), minimum height of 5'0" and weight in proportion to height.

Please review the recruiting schedule or call 1-877-324-5627 for future recruiting locations. If you have responded within the last 6 months, there is no need to respond again.

Continental Airlines is an equal opportunity employer by choice.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4554 times:

>>FLY777UAL-the legal age in the US to SERVE alcohol is 18.<<

Really, you have to be 21 to just sit at a bar, but I'm not sure, you may be right, but I've never heard of anyone serving alchohol who was under 21.



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User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

At WN the MIN age is 20 years old.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

Wowser... I think if I did get in by 78 I'd be doin' something else anyway. On a Northwest flight from Minneapolis to ORD we had a fligh attendant who had to be in his 40s...

Thanks all!!



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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4550 times:

As far as the age to be hired is concerned, when I was hired, there was a girl in my training class that was 19 1/2(the baby of the class). The drinking age according to the FAA is 21, the flight attendant that offered something to the 10 yr old was way off base! And what is wrong with someone who is over forty? The best Pursar I ever flew with was almost sixty when I flew with him and he had more style in the cabin than any of the people flying today.

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4544 times:

Uh, folks;

There can be no age limitation made by anyone but the Federal Government! It's called age discrimination and it's illegal, an applicant must NEVER disclose their age. Sorry. BTW the age to serve liquor changes from territory to territory, in some places it changes from county to county.

Peter


User currently offlinePassenger From Italy, joined May 2011, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4536 times:

Their should be an age limit for F/A's damn if I trust that 78 year old woman to open an emergency exit if need be. I bet she only worked the planes with power assist doors, (which i hear alot of the grannies who should freaking retire do just that). Hey call me obnoxious or not politically correct (becuase one thing I'm not is PC), but like Qantas put it "if you want to fly to visit your grandmother, fly Qantas, if you want to fly WITH your grandmother, fly United."

User currently offlineHadpa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

HHAHAHAHA!!!! Lucky us! In LanChile the majority of the FA are young (26 and under).And they 're all very pretty.
Greetings from the end of the world.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4524 times:

Pmk-

Airlines have a right to discriminate based on age if it is a job requirement. Private companies have a right to deny people employment if their health, age, etc. poses a danger to others in their work environment or breaks laws. In this case the airline has a right to ask the age of the applicant, because, the airline is responsible for making sure their employee satisfies the rules of the FAA. If they hire an underage person to serve alchohol, and the FAA catches them, the airline will have to pay a fine, so they must make sure the job applicant can complete the job requirements while satisfying the FAA's regulations.



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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4524 times:

That is only for Domestic Flights in NZ, Due to the Liquor Requirements.

I know a FA that works for AirNZ on International flights and she is 18. I also know a few that are 19.

Have a great day!!

Mikey


User currently offlineDoomfox From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

No company can ask your age, but they can ask if you are over 21. The legal age to serve alcohol differs from area to area. For instance in New Hampshire its 18.

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