wanna be a flight attendant

  • chris1361

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    Oct 07, 2010 7:05 AM GMT
    Hey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris
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    Oct 07, 2010 1:22 PM GMT
    Chris1361, I work in the travel industry, but not for a major airline. I can suggest this to you though....

    Living in Chicago gives you an advantage with American and United having hubs in O'Hare and Southwest is the dominant carrier out of Midway. I would at least get applications out to those three carriers first. With United and Continental merging, I can't predict what will happen with the flight attendants there. Some might be furloughed in the merger. With them you'll have to take a chance. On the other hand, as Southwest has entered an agreement to buy AirTran, I have read they will be looking to hire people, but likely starting in 2012 when their merger becomes effective.

    If you were to hook on with an airline, you might have to relocate. Possibly, new flight attendants may work the short commuter routes that will feed into the hubs. So if you were thinking about being on a Boeing 777 jetting your way to Europe, rethink that. You would likely be on a commuter flight from Moline going to O'Hare...and back to Moline!

    Good luck in achieving your dream. Don't give up, but consider all airlines...even international carriers.

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    Oct 07, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    I know Delta is hiring for Asian routes. Beyond that, I don't really know what to tell you. My suggestion is to contact nshape4same on this site. He used to be a flight attendant... will have some more substantial information for you, perhaps.
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    Oct 07, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    If you end up not liking your job just remember insulting passengers then fleeing away down the escape ramps with beer is not ok.
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    Oct 07, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    The free website http://www.pprune.org/ contains a forum for FA's and FA wannabees. They usually have current info on hiring.
    Good Luck!
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    Oct 07, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    Delta is hiring flight attendants. They have ads all over the place advertising for them. They are looking for domestic and international and it is a plus if you are bilingual.
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    Oct 07, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    chris1361 saidHey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris

    You're too old.
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    Oct 07, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    Although some of this has been relaxed in recent years, you're also way too heavy.

    Years ago, I tried to get on with United. They about threw me out of the recruitment meeting because I was 5'5" and 195#. (I'm 218# as I write this.)

    Airlines jobs have shitty pay, strange hours, and involve being on the road, along with lots of politics in the work place.

    Many folks that work in those jobs are lucky to make $30,000 a year.
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    Oct 07, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidAirlines jobs have shitty pay, strange hours, and involve being on the road, along with lots of politics in the work place.

    Many folks that work in those jobs are lucky to make $30,000 a year.
    That's why I chose not to fly for the airlines.
    Sure the pay would be great after a few years, but the bills won't wait that long.
    And yeah, the politics of it all is utterly stupid sometimes.
  • metta

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    Oct 07, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    You should really consider everything before doing this. Unless we have major technological advancements to make flying cheaper (which is a definite possibility), the long term viability for the future of the airline industry, as it is today, does not look very good. When we do hit peak oil, and yes it has probably been delayed by the current economic climate, fuel costs will soar, which could easily make it prohibitively expensive for most people. Hopefully, technology will provide us with a good alternative. But for now, it should at least be aware of it when deciding on making a career within it.

    BTW Peak oil is not about running out of oil. It is about running out of cheap oil, oil that is easy to get at and inexpensive to refine.
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    Oct 07, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    chris1361 saidHey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris

    You're too old.

    how rude
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    Oct 07, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    My guy is an FA - be sure you are very familiar with the salary and compensation and how slowly your seniority builds to an actual living salary.
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    Oct 07, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    catnoir17 said
    Art_Deco said
    chris1361 saidHey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris

    You're too old.

    how rude
    Truth isn't always flattering.
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    catnoir17 said
    Art_Deco said
    chris1361 saidHey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris

    You're too old.

    how rude


    Being honest is never rude. I always respect honesty over fake, any day, any where, any time.
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    chris1361 saidlove the airline industry



    You certainly do not often hear someone say that.
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    Oct 11, 2010 1:24 PM GMT
    How can I put this in a nice way?

    Your level of physical, emotional and intellectual maturity is way too advanced for a FA position at almost any airline.

    I know, it sucks, but age discrimination is alive and well in the labor markets, none more so than the airline industry.
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    Oct 11, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 11, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    chris1361 saidHey can anyone help with a lead to be a flight attendant....I reallly want to be one!....love the airline industry....chris



    I don't think you should be discouraged by some catty comments here if this is something you really want to do. Perhaps the Airlines are really needing to recruit in this area and have loosened their age or size restrictions. Regardless, if you truly love the industry, maybe there are other jobs that would be a good fit for you as well. The world is full of people who succeeded in something when others said they would fail. Chase your dream, whatever it may be.
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    Oct 11, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    chuckystud saidBeing honest is never rude.

    Being bluntly honest is quite often rude.
    Being bluntly honest will get you a hand job.