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Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 9:14 am

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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 9:19 am

I know that you have to be at least 19 to be an FA for United.
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 9:32 am

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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 10:16 am

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!
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 10:28 am

I have seen some very young F/A's for CO. They must be 18 and right out of High School
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 11:06 am

But don't you have to be 21 in order to serve alchohol?
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 4:45 pm

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?

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 7:51 pm

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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:15 pm

Virgin Blue and Ansett, the age is 18.

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 1:28 am

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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 1:53 am

Man a 19 year old United f/a would be nice.
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:33 am

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 !!
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:53 am

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

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 6:41 am

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,

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 10:06 am

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.
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 10:10 am

>>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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 10:22 am

At WN the MIN age is 20 years old.
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 11:01 am

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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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 11:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 11:43 am

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.

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 1:31 pm

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."
 
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 2:04 pm

HHAHAHAHA!!!! Lucky us! In LanChile the majority of the FA are young (26 and under).And they 're all very pretty.
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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 3:12 pm

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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TG992

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:18 pm

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!!

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RE: Flight Attendant Age Limits?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:26 pm

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.