If you love to travel, aviation flight attendant jobs might be of great interest to you. If you enjoy working and interacting with people and being part of a team of professionals, a flight attendant career might be just the job to fulfill your career dreams.
Airline Flight Attendants provide a safe, secure environment for their passengers as well as providing food service and drinks. They perform a multitude of important tasks freeing the pilots up to focus on flying the airplane. While there are glamorous aspects to the work many of the job duties are physically demanding and far from elegant.
As a flight attendant, you must be prepared to deal with health emergencies, equipment malfunctions, unruly passengers and a host of other challenges, in addition to attending to passenger comfort.
A flight attendant’s first responsibility is to ensure the safety of the passengers. Safety briefings, first aid, the use of emergency equipment and emergency evacuations are all in the aviation flight attendant jobs descriptions. During the airlines early years they hired nurses to be flight attendants. Eastern Airlines went so far as to dress their “stewardesses” in nurse uniforms.
In addition to first aid and emergency procedures, cabin crewmembers are trained in survival skills. Post 9/11 flight attendants must also be trained to physically protect passengers from threats of terrorism and violence. As you can see this is a hands on job that requires a take charge attitude!
Hollywood would have you believe that it’s dinner in Paris tonight and shopping in Rome tomorrow, but that’s not likely, at least not for several years. For airline crews seniority determines quality of life. When you first start with an airline you’ll be placed on reserve. That means that you’re basically on-call to fill in for crewmembers who are sick, on vacation or unable to fly. When on reserve you don’t have the luxury of knowing when or where you’ll be flying far in advance.
As you seniority improves eventually you’ll be able to bid a hard line with a fixed schedule. Though you’ll know your schedule ahead of time, you’ll start out picking up the itineraries nobody else wants. Holidays, weekends, red-eyes. There are a lot of dues to pay before you reach a level of seniority to be able to get the better lines. If you are fluent in Spanish or Italian or another foreign language, your chances of being placed on a line going to exotic European or Asian cities might improve greatly depending on the airlines needs.
Even with all of the hard work and effort that is required to become a flight attendant, eventually the dedication will pay off and you will be able to realize the glamorous schedules to the far-off destinations of your dreams.
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