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User currently offlineEastern L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 127 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 943 times:

I am a little confused at the requirements that some airlines (including United and Southwest) have for the eyesight of their flight attendants. They say to be a flight attendant you must have 20/40 correctable vision. This is very disheartening to me because I am legally blind in one eye and nothing can be done to fix it. I have been this way my whole life and do better with one eye than most people with two. My question is this: why would someone like myself be excluded from a job as an F/A? How could I possibly be putting passengers in danger? If anyone can help me on this, I would really appreciate it.

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 881 times:

The reason is because if your glasses fell of during an emergency you still need to be able to operate. You can still be an FA if you find out alll the reason from an airline and get a doctor to say that you can perform the FA tasks as well as any other FA. There is a UA pilot who only has one eye so it can be done.
Iain


User currently offlineEastern L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 127 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 876 times:

I don't wear glasses at all. I function normally without the aid of anything. As a matter of fact, my hobby is ice hockey. I play in a competative woman's league and I am their goalie, a position that depends a lot on eyesight. I can more than prove that I am capapble to handle the responsibilities of an F/A.

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 873 times:

I believe it is illegal to discriminate against persons with disabilities as long as theyare able to perform the tasks required.

You could ask a lawyer.


User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 862 times:

Unfortunately, it's not really descrimination...its all a safety issue. For instance: If one FA (with regular vision in both eyes) hurts their eye in an evacuation, or upon the crash landing, they still have a back-up eye to guide them to perform their evacuation tasks, however If you, EasternL1011, get something thrown into your eye, you have no back up vision to perform your duties.

FLY777UAL


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 861 times:

I think that is a bit far fetch. If I suddenly lost vision in one of my eyes I would not be able to operate at all. I would be so shocked and the pain I would be in. I think there are so few people that could say lets use the other one and can do it that your is really not a issue.
Iain


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 859 times:

How about contact lens? its harder to lose a contact in an emergency or turbulence than it is to have your glasses fall off like someone mentioned in an earlier post. I think also they have that requirement because F/A's also work in low light environments plus have to function in an emergency if there is no light, or smoke filling the cabin.

How's your vision in your good eye? If its 20/20 uncorrected maybe they'd make an exception?

Even if you can't be an F/A I'm sure there's a place for you in the airline industry. Don't give up on it.



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 857 times:

Iain--
There are many, many people out there who would continue, though. If the accident happens very quickly, almost 99.9% of the time the person doesn't notice an injury is present, and they continue playing/working/operating the same as before. During crashes, it has been shown that despite injuries, FA's continue with their job, as they are almost always in a "dazed" state.

((**to clarify an earlier point--
I said (I think, at least) in an earlier post something to the effect of: "some vision is needed to open the door", however in addition to opening the door, some vision is also neeed to see any outside obstructions that could damage the slide (and ultimately the pax. lives), they need to be able to see the manual inflation handle, and be able to pull it (used in EVERY evacuation), as well as see if the slide has completely deployed prior to allowing passengers to evacuate.**))

In any case, [surprisingly] it is not descrimination, and there is no basis for any legal procedures.

An other job you might like, EasternL1011 is this:
**Onboard supervisor** You are incharge of a large group of FA's at the domicile station, and for about 12 days out of the month (the same as a FA), you will fly around the world, supervising onboard procedures, as well as talking to the customers and getting their feedback about the airline and their alliance carriers.

FLY777UAL



User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 857 times:

Good point fly777ual. I remember slamming my fingure in a door and hoping around the garden thinking my foot was sore. Funny things happen when you are hurt.
Iain


User currently offlineBA Pilot From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 845 times:

you should be OK with one eye as a FA.. Pilot in the UK can have one eye in a two crew op.. so I dont see why a FA cant!

User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 847 times:

What are the chances of loosing one of the two eyes during an emergency?? Why focus only on eyes in that case? Let's take in account possible broken hands and legs... will a FA be required to carry on with one hand and/or leg? Afterall, there isn't far to see in a plane (ok, maybe future planes will be big enough for that...)  .

I've seen last September on my BA flight on a B757 a male FA with glasses.

Also, on a russian carrier I've been on a flight with the crew manager being a woman with glasses!



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